'Theatre made me an actor'

Says Dinesh, who plays the lead in the just-released movie, Atta Kathi

Published: 16th August 2012 08:37 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th August 2012 08:39 AM   |  A+A-

Actor Dinesh might have debuted as a hero with Atta Kathi that has just hit the screens, but he says the foundation stone for his acting career was laid by the celebrated filmmaker Vetrimaran exactly a decade ago.

“When I first met Vetrimaran sir, I had only interest in cinema and no knowledge of it. He opened the doors of theatre for me, which is where I learnt the craft,” he says. Dinesh has worked backstage for many plays and claims to have learnt acting by watching actors like Nasser from up close.

Dinesh’s first film appearance happened in director S P Jananathan’s E, in which he played a small role. Later, Vetrimaran gave him a role in Aadukalam, in which he falls in love with Taapsee and has a face off with Dhanush. In Mouna Guru, he played the principal’s son, whose habit of stealing would land the hero in trouble.

When Dinesh heard that Pa Ranjith was looking for newcomers for his debut film, he gave his portfolio to him to get a call from him after two years. “So many people auditioned and ten of us were selected for the final round.,” he says.

Dinesh plays a college student from a village near Chennai in Atta Kathi and says everybody will relate to his character.


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