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Expanding his horizons

PREMA MANMADHAN

Ajmal believes ‘Ko,' in which he plays a key role, will be a milestone in his career.



Going places: Ajmal Ameer

The tension on his face is palpable and perhaps justified. For the Aluva-based Ajmal Ameer's Tamil movie, ‘Ko' is to be released this week and he shares screen space with Jeeva, Prakash Raj, Karthika Nair, Piaa Bajpai and others. With K.V.Anand wielding the microphone, after the stupendous success of ‘Ayan,' ‘Ko' is a much awaited movie. Ajmal gets to do a totally different kind of character in ‘Ko,' he says. The fight scenes by Peter Hayns were shot in the busy roads of Chennai for more than 20 days.

In ‘Ko,' the Phantom-Flex camera is used. It is designed to capture 2,800 frames per second, six times faster than the normally available high speed cameras used now, according to those in the film industry. This camera is being used by the James Bond crew for their next movie.

‘“Ko' means the King or leader and it has a very topical theme: corruption. It is also a political film in which there is a love triangle. There is a lot of novelty in the movie and already the songs by Harris Jayaraj, are very popular.

The release of the CD itself was very different. At the function, it was not any VIP who was given the CD, but the photographers who came to cover the function, at Chennai," Ajmal says. It could be because a photojournalist is a key character in the movie and also maybe because the director himself was a photojournalist once, later becoming a cinematographer and finally director with ‘Kana Kandein.' Anand got the national award for his very first film as a cinematographer, for ‘Thenmavin Kombathu.'

Ajmal, a doctor who studied in Russia, strayed into modelling and debuted in Uday Ananthan's ‘Pranayakalam,' after which he stepped into Kollywood. Mysskin's ‘Anjathey,' in which he played an angry young man's role, got him a clutch of awards, including the MGR-Sivaji award for the best newcomer. ‘Thiru Thiru Thuru Thuru,' directed by Nandini, was his next movie, and he won the award for the best actor in a comic role for that film.

Different characters

"I am thankful for getting so many different kinds of roles. In ‘Ko,' which has also been made in Telugu, my role is not like the one in ‘Anjathey' either. It has scope to display a host of emotions. In ‘Kadirvel,' directed by Venkat, I play a chap who comes to Chennai in search of a job. And for the first time, I have a double role in ‘Karuppampatti,' in which I do both the father and son roles. Set in the seventies and going up to the nineties, I have many different looks in it. The period photography, like Eastman colour, is recreated. There is a lot of scope for acting too," says Ajmal.

He is sore that his recent film, an international production, went unnoticed. Called ‘Denova,' the film was shot in Dubai and Kerala, by an ad filmmaker based in Dubai, Swabri. This 90-minute film was released in Iran, the Gulf countries and even in Kerala, but there was hardly any publicity. It was made in Hindi too and is poised to do the festival rounds. His ‘Kadirvel' is slated for a May-end release.

Meanwhile, there is nothing on Ajmal's mind now, but ‘Ko,' the 30-crore film, which he believes, will be a milestone in his career.

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