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Shining on the small screen

Suresh Krishna has made his mark as an actor in mega serials and films



BLACK AND WHITE Suresh Krishna

The young and handsome IPS officer Wilson Cherian made such a good impression that Suresh Krishna, the actor who breathed life into the role of Wilson, got stuck with his character's name for quite some time.

After Suresh's impressive debut in the second part of the popular serial `Sthree,' he was flooded with offers. His next role was as Balashankar in K.K. Rajeev's'Swapnam.'

His performance as the lovelorn husband fetched him the Asianet award for the best actor.

Surya in `Orma'

"But I feel that my character, Surya, in `Orma,' which is aired on Asianet, gives me more scope for acting," feels Suresh, who adds that he took time to get used to the character's new get-up and costumes.

"I was criticised for my white costumes and my hair style. But with Rajeev's support, the image seems to have won over the viewers as they accepted it as a peculiarity of the vain Surya." I prefer to act a single serial at a time as that looks more realistic in this era of channel-surfing."

While the gradual change from hero to villain may have perplexed his fans, cine buffs would know that Suresh has played the villain to perfection in many films. "To become a hero in Malayalam, there are certain skills that are mandatory. For instance, one has to be a good dancer, which I am not good at. But I am satisfied with my career. It may seem to be disappointing but I take life as it comes," he admits.

Native of Guruvayoor

A native of Guruvayoor, Suresh was born and brought up at Chennai. His father, Balakrishna Panicker, was a State Government employee of Tamil Nadu. The youngest of six children, financial difficulties made him stand on his feet from a young age.

"Perhaps, that is why I feel an empathy for Surya's self-made personality," says Suresh.

His first brush with acting was in a Tamil serial in Doordarshan, produced by Madhumohan in 1990. After five years, it was Suresh's role as Thiruvalluvar that earned him recognition.

"Even the late Sivaji Ganeshan who had enacted many legendary characters appreciated my role as Thiruvalluvar," recalls Suresh.

Suresh's made his debut on the Malayalam big screen in Vinayan's `Karimadikuttan.'

"Here, the villain Sekharankutty, had a strong role," chips in Suresh. Thereafter, he acted in a slew of such films as has `Kuberan,' `Onnaman' (with Mohanlal), `Manjupoloru Pennu,' `Rapakkal.' His forthcoming films are `Rajamanickam,'and Santosh Sivan's `Ananthabhadram.'

SHOBA NAIR

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