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'Fans keep me going'

Actor Vivek speaks to CE about his career, trends in industry and more..

Published: 11th May 2013 08:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th May 2013 08:03 AM   |  A+A-

Paalakattu-Madhavan

Actor Vivek speaks to CE about his career, trends in industry and more..

Why this long hiatus?

I was occupied with Dr Abdul Kalam’s green mission to plant 10 lakh saplings across the State. I became fully involved in the project that films took a backseat. When I completed the task given to me within a short span of time, Kalam sir asked me to plant one crore saplings!  As of now, I have completed planting 20 lakh saplings.  Then I thought I could do this along with acting. So I am back.

Current projects?

Machchan, Killadi, Singam 2, Paalakattu Madhavan (PK) and Naan than Bawala (NTB). I play the lead in PK and NTB.

About Machchan and your comic ride with Karunas?

Karunas, who plays the hero in the film, earns a livelihood by letting his dog participate in shows. Suddenly, the dog runs away. How this affects his career, forms the storyline of this comic caper. Karunas was a little hesitant to ask me to play comedian in the film. But I readily agreed to it and the film has come out very well.

About Santhanam

Santhanam and I get to meet only at public functions and when we meet, we exchange greetings, share a word or two. In Kireedom, where I played comedian, he did a small role. Today, he has reached new heights. I do watch his films.

Given a chance, will you work with him?

Of course, I will. Why not? I do not mind working with anyone as long as my character is soulful and is given ample space.

Looking back at your career, how do you feel?

Very happy! I have no regrets at all and I believe that’s an achievement in itself. I started my career in 1987. After 26 years, I am still going strong. Not many of my co-stars in the 80s are active today. I must attribute the success of my long career to my fans who do not see me merely as a comedian, but as a messenger.

Your take on the current trend of comedy in the industry?

There is a now a trend called ‘Shit Humour,’ where people use obscene language for fun. I am not a fan of this trend. Over these two-and-half decades, I or other comedy actors have never uttered obscene words. I wouldn’t do it even if I were offered crores! I hope this trend disappears.

Recently, actor Sridevi said she is a big fan of you. How do you feel?

It gives me immense pride and pleasure to know that India’s dream girl likes my works! Indeed, I am honoured.

You said you’re passionate about writing. Can we expect some books from you?

I have always wanted to write these three books: Single Tea-ill Shiva, which is about my travel to the Himalayas; Vizhundathum Ezhunthathum, a book about my career so far. The third book I am penning right now is about afforestation. I hope to publish these very soon.

How do you wish to see yourself in the next 10 years?

I want to be a film maker, not remain just an actor. It will be great if my looks don’t change even after a decade.

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