Into his third, with hope and zeal
Ravikrishna is excited about his third film, `Ponniyin Selvan,' releasing today.
GROWING IN CONFIDENCE: Ravikrishna
Ravikrishna's third release, `Ponniyin Selvan' will be his first to come with a U certification. "Yes," laughs Ravi. "The film is a healthy family entertainer. It has come out really well." From his tone it's obvious that he enjoyed working with director Radha Mohan and his unit. "We were like a bunch of school kids ... it was fun. Yet when it came to work we got serious." The young hero sounds quite excited as you catch up with him in Hyderabad where he is shooting for his brother Jothi Krishna's `Kallan' (being made as `Jaadu' in Telugu).
Acting under big brother's direction makes matters very informal, feels Ravikrishna. "I'm `thammudu' to him on the sets too. ," he says. "As for dad, he's my best fan and critic. `You are not a full-fledged big budget hero who can beat 100 guys at a time,' he tells me. Being producer A. M. Ratnam's son, turning hero was a cakewalk for Ravi, but sustaining the ground he gained with the success of `7/G Rainbow Colony' rests on him. "I know, and I'm working hard. As a filmgoer I'm not satisfied with my performance in `7/G ... ', " he confesses. Many complimented him for a well-enacted climax but it was the first shot before the camera that he found real tough. "It was the `Vayadukku Vandhom' song. I had never worn a lungi before and for the first time I was holding a cigarette," laughs Ravikrishna.
Working in `Sukran' was very different. "If Selvaraghavan (`7/G ... ') took two days to shoot a scene, S. A. Chandrashekar (who made `Sukran') would can even five scenes in a day. Selva had to be sure that he got the artistic feel he wanted. So initially it took me a little time to get adjusted to SAC's frequency."
According to Ravi, Sonia Agarwal rehearses carefully, while Anita is just the opposite. Even before a heavy scene she would laugh and joke, but once the camera rolls she would switch over to a serious, sobbing mode and Gopika has given one of her best portrayals in `Ponniyin Selvan.' Surprisingly, it was Dhanush who was supposed to do the film for A. M. Ratnam. "Dad had watched `Azhagiya Theeyae' and had been very impressed with Radha Mohan's work. I was working in `Sukran' then ," he informs.
Though Telugu is his native tongue, Ravi is at home in Tamil too. "Why not? I've been in Chennai from childhood," he says. "But as a kid I was reserved. I can't afford to be so any longer," Ravikrishna sounds confident. The Dinakaran and the Film Fare Best New Face Awards have been morale boosters to the actor who had seemed rather diffident when he began with `7/G ... ' "Acting as a career never crossed my mind. I was doing a course in Multimedia in the U. K., and had planned to get into Graphics. When I had come down for Easter I got roped in," he tells you.
Send this article to Friends by
Chennai and Tamil Nadu