Go after your dreams, was the advise cine actor Karthi gave students at the valediction of Riviera 2014, on Sunday.
“Do not be scared of anything and approach your life with a positive attitude,” he told students.
The mechanical engineer-turned cine actor also urged students to “give back to society” once they attained good positions in life.
Karthi also narrated his fight to over come discouragement when he faced challenges in life. After his studies in the US, he tried to work as a software engineer for six years, but did not find happiness. He quit the job and joined as an assistant director under noted film director Mani Ratnam, where he felt at home, he said.
During a floor discussion with the students, when he was asked his opinion about VIT, to which he said he was jealous of the students of the university as they had the best of everything.
On his hobbies, Karthi said, “Cinema is my biggest hobby, wildlife photography is another.” To the question who he loved the most, pat came his reply: “My fans.”
VIT Chancellor G Viswanathan, while highlighting talent, commitment and hard work as ingredients behind celebrities that helped them sustain popularity, he urged the students to learn lessons from celebrities like actor Karthi.
The four-day event witnessed a record 25,000 footfalls from students of over 400 colleges across the country and abroad.
As many as 110 events and competitions were also hosted on the occasion.
The pro shows by noted celebrities Shaktishree Gopalan and Salim Sulaimann, Sreeram Chandra, Sivamani, Stephen Davessy, Haricharan, Swetha Mohan and Vijay Yesudas added glitz to the event.
The overall championship for cultural and sports was bagged by the host team, VIT University. The trophies were handed over to the winning teams by actor Karthi.