With Krishna Ajai Rao, the audience expects an actor and not just a hero. This guides him in his choice of films and characters. “The audience is certain that I will do only movies with an interesting subject, and what they would like to watch,” the actor says with complete confidence, before the release of his movie Dhairyam this week.
The actor, who is popular with the family audiences, says that this time his character is set in a thriller. And the tug-of-war with the hero has with antagonist Ravi Shankar will only add to the fun, the fight is mostly with the brain and less with the brawn. And Ajai thinks this is just great.
“When my character is tortured by Ravi Shankar, it is a cat and mouse game. The audience will be on the edge wondering who will win and I will try to keep this anticipation alive all through the cinema,” says Ajai.
“If I win, they will be happy and be inspired. If I fail, they will not be unhappy, but sympathise with the character.”
Playing a hero to Ravi Shankar’s villain has added to his role, says the actor. “If the villain is strong, the hero will shine brighter,” he says, adding, “I take this opportunity to thank the actor for being part of this project.”
Ajai is not happy to settle for just action, romance and a couple of songs. “My audience expects to find themselves in the characters I play,” he says. “This is what I have kept in mind throughout my career. If I cry, people are moved and, if I laugh, they are with me too. If I get beaten up, they get angry and when I hit back, they clap. This connection with the audience is bliss. Though I try to do different and better roles in every movie, I try to do them maintaining this connection. Therefore, my character in Dhairyam is sure to inspire viewers.”
The actor says that he does not maintain a low profile. “Film industry is not a reality show where you have to be visible to say ‘I am alive’.
He says, “We have to be seen and heard in the industry by cinema. I take time with every movie maybe that’s why people think I have not been around, but I work 24/7 with movies. Maybe my cinema does not make as much noise as ones by big commercial heroes. I am trying to change that and up the volume, Dhairyam is one such attempt.”