S. R. Ashok Kumar
How could one not like Sivaji and MGR? But it was Balaiya who had a great impact on me.
That man in film `Veyil', actor Pasupathy emerges from the stage, where he got trained in acting. Noted for his robust play of villain roles, he showed his abilities by playing soft in `Veyil'. But he does not want to repeat what he has done before. Pasupathy talks about his entry into films and what he wants to do in the film world.
In 1984, I joined `Kuthupattarai' where I was there till 1997. `Kuthupattarai' is a company where one can learn acting like in the traditional gurukulam. I studied and grew up there till I started to act in films.
I became friends with actor Nasser who was in the film institute and later joined the `Kuthuppattarai'. When he was working in `Marudhanayagam,' he asked me whether I was interested in film. I said `yes' and he introduced me to Kamal Haasan. I was given the villain role. That was the first time I was before the camera.
But Nasser's `Mayan' was the first of my films to get released. Nasser helped me a lot. Many others emerging from `Kuthuppatarai' have made it good in films, such as Nasser, Kumaravel, George and Kalai Rani.
I have done 19 films in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. Among my movies, I can name "Virumaandi'. Then came `Maja' with another good role. `Mumbai Express' showed the world that I am capable of doing comedy also. Now everyone is talking of `Veyil'. I have also done some good but small roles in `E', `Kannathil Muthamittal' and `Dhool'.
Favourites? ... How could one not like Sivaji and MGR? But it was Balaiya who had a great impact on me, as also S.V. Subbaiya, Nagesh and Kamal Haasan. Among the female actors I like Kannamba, Padmini, Savithri, Revathi, Radhika and Jyotika..
The best appreciation that I have got till date for my work was from my guru Na. Muthuswamy of `Kuthupattarai'. He saw `Veyil' and expressed happiness at my performance. After its release, people from different walks of life have appreciated my acting and they want me to do different roles in future.
After the release of `Veyil,' I have got similar roles but I was unwilling to accept it. I feel that I must work hard.I must thank director Vasantha Balan for giving me a good role in `Veyil'. Who would give me the hero chance when I was doing villain roles? I know how many people have discouraged the director not to cast me in the role.
In spite of all this he wanted me to perform the role and I think I have done justice to the character.
I wanted challenges in life and I am expecting that in films also. I do not plan for tomorrow. What ever I am destined to do I will certainly do it.