Cute and cool, that's Simbhu for you

Frankly speaking.

Frankly speaking.  

IT WAS yet another chance for fans to interact with a star of the tinsel world. This time, the interaction happened to be with Simbhu alias Silambarasan, the latest sensation in Kollywood, after the box-office hit, Manmadhan.

The Reliance Web World organised a session on Monday with Silambarasan and the cinematographer, R.D. Rajasekar, through a videoconference, set up at various centres as a part of promotional campaign.

Buoyed by the success of an earlier attempt, when it roped in the star of M. Kumaran, son of Mahalakshmi, M. Ravi, the Reliance group picked up the hero of Manmadhan to interact with participants, who were selected through a contest.

Silambarasan faced a volley of questions from the participants from more than seven centres including Anna Nagar, T.T.K. Road and Besant Road in Chennai, Sai Baba Colony and Gandhipuram in Coimbatore and Anna Nagar and Bypass Road in Madurai.

Vying with one another to shoot questions at the star.

Vying with one another to shoot questions at the star.  

The session began after the actor was introduced briefly and the first chance to pose a query went to one of the winners from the Madurai Zone. The first participant asked the actor the reason for the movie's success. Silambarasan replied that the timing of the release was crucial and that it helped the movie to look different from other movies.

Participants from Sai Baba Colony in Coimbatore said that the movie resembled Kamal Hasan's Sigappu Rojakkal. The actor immediately intervened to say that the role of the protagonist was different and he did not show any murder on screen.

He said the song sequence of `Kadhal Valarthein' and the climax where he had to cry when his younger brother committed suicide were challenging and he had to put in extra effort to bring out the right emotions.

A participant from Anna Nagar in Chennai wanted to know whether he was following his father's footsteps as he had taken up several roles in the making of the film.

Silambarasan said that he had volunteered to do these jobs as he wished to learn everything associated with films. He said that getting the viewers to accept an actor as a hero was difficult. So, most of the actors who play the role of heroes refuse to play negative roles.

As for the movie, he said: "Due to non-availability of dates from Mallika Sherawat we could not shoot the song `Mahire.' Moreover, since the film was too long, we had to be content with the footage available."

When he was asked whether actor Dhanush was a competitor, he said: "competition prunes you. I feel happy. It always brings the best in you."

When a scribe from Madurai asked him why good movies with a message fail at the box office, Simbhu said: "the public come to the theatres to be entertained and do not seek messages. Such movies are better suited for television."

When asked about his dream role as an actor, the pragmatic actor said: "I don't dream. For, if you don't get what you aim for, you tend to get disappointed. Hence, I take everything easy."

The interaction went on for more than an hour but the energetic hero remained as cool as a cucumber and faced the questions confidently. For the public, it was yet another occasion to cherish.

From T. Saravanan in Madurai,

Photos: K. Ganesan.

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