For the tall and talented Soundararaja, being part of cinema, is a dream come true. The happy coincidence for him was playing a Madurai-based character in Vettai, his debut film, hailing as he does from Usilampatti himself. “In fact, director Lingusamy would call me ‘Madurai’, after I managed to convince him I could do the role, since I spoke the local slang,” recalls Soundararaja.
Today, the actor whose family runs a successful dairy farm business back home, is happy he’s following his passion. After Vettai, he bagged a negative role in Sasikumar’s hit Sundarapandian, and now has his calendar full with projects. Just back from a 30-day shoot of Jigarthanda, the next flick of director Karthik Subburaj, Soundararaja is looking forward to playing a cop in Libra Production’s I Na next. What’s more, a Prabhu Solomon production where he plays Pasupathy’s brother, is in the pipeline, even as he awaits the release of Varthapadaadha Vaalibar Sangam and Nalanum Nandiniyum.
“I’m grateful to Lingusamy, Sasikumar and all my directors for their encouragement. Actor Siddharth is another person who is very supportive. Recently, he lauded my shots during the Jigarthanda shoot and gave me several tips as well,” says Soundararaja, who plays one of the two villains.
But the road to success hasn’t been smooth. Since his family was opposed to his filmi aspirations, he completed a BE from Madurai Kamaraj University, and worked as a software engineer with Invensys, in Singapore.
“Once I fulfilled my family obligations, I gave up my IT career and set up a film production company with Karthik Subburaj and cameraman Manikandan. We produced short films. We made many films for the NaalaiIyakkunar TV show and I acted with Vijay Sethupathy back then,” he recalls. An avid participant in village plays, he later decided to train with Koothu-p-pattarai before trying his luck in films. About the future he says, “I want to experiment with my looks and character in each film and be known as an all-round performer. In fact, I would even shave my head if the role demands it.”