KERALA

No plan to be a full-time actor: Kalidas

THRISSUR, AUG. 14. Kalidas, winner of the National Award for the Best Child Actor, has said that he has a consuming passion for cinema, but does not intend to be a full-time actor now.

A student of Class Six of Padma Seshadri School, Chennai, and son of the actor, Jayaram, Kalidas won the award for his performance in the Malayalam film, "Ente Veedu Appoonteyum', directed by Sibi Malayil.

Kalidas told The Hindu on Saturday that he owed his achievement to the director.

`Complex character'

"I just did what he told me to. He took pains to make me understand the theme of the film: sibling rivalry. The character was a little complex,'' the young actor explained.

Kalidas said that he was open to more film offers, but the first priority was to "study well''.

Out Staff Reporter adds from Thiruvananthapuram:

"Any award is a recognition. I see this award as a recognition for good cinema. I am happy to be instrumental in bringing this award to Kerala, which, I hope, will contribute at least in a small way to the growth of Malayalam cinema," said Nedumudi Venu, veteran Malayalam film actor, who has received a `Special Mention' of the National Film Award Jury.

However, he was yet to get a confirmation from Delhi and he said there was lack of clarity on the nature of the award and the film in which his performance has been rated. "I am not sure whether it is for `Margam' or `Arimbara', though that does not matter much. My roles in both the films had been acclaimed by critics. They have not yet been released. It is then for the people to judge," he said when contacted over the telephone at his residence here this evening.

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