After Panithuli, Ganesh Venkatraman took a detour with Damarakum in Telugu and Kandahar in Malyalam. But now it looks like he is back in Kollywood where it all started for him, with not just one, but three films.
It’s no wonder that Ganesh declares, “2013 is my year! I have three exciting films lined up for release and am enjoying the whole experience.” Ganesh is at present shooting for Saravanan’s Ivan Veramathiri on OMR with Vikram Prabhu. He is excited at playing a cop yet again after Unnaipol Oruvan. “We are shooting a chase scene and I am an Assistant Commissioner of Police with 20 policemen with me in this scene, with 4 police cars. It has been a fun shoot with lots of male bonding with the actors!”
From playing a serious cop, Ganesh changes track to do a comedy caper in the Sundar C directed Theeya Velai Seiyanum Kumar (TVSK). The recent shoot in Kumbakonam was a jolly ride with Siddharth and Hansika. “I am part of a love triangle. It’s a film with the typical Sundar C style of humour. I love working with him as he allows us to improvise on the sets and thus increase the comedy output. Hansika has an amazing sense of comic timing and Santhanam kept us laughing on the sets,” guffaws Ganesh. Sundar C has become a mentor of sorts and Ganesh admits, “I turn to him for advice and he has been a great source of inspiration.”
Ganesh’s third film is the Roopa Iyer directed Chandra the audio for which, was launched recently. Ganesh plays a US-returned modern-day prince caught up between traditional and modern times.
“I am a great admirer of Shriya and said ‘yes’ the minute I knew she was the heroine. She is an amazing co-star who is very dedicated to her work. She has made it to Hollywood with Midnight’s Children, by sheer commitment to her craft,” he adds.
Ganesh is clear about his career path. “In the beginning I was too selective and choosy about my roles. But now I am taking Sundar C’s advice and am signing on to be a part of various good projects and try my hand at variety. You will see more of me on screen from this year on,” he concludes.