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Actor Srikkanth hates to be branded as a romantic hero. He aspires to be versatile, writes T.SARAVANAN


I am waiting for one big break - SRIKKANTH

PHOTO: K. GANESAN

AT EASE Willing to learn

He belongs to the young band of dynamic actors. His experience in modelling stood him in good stead when he ventured into Tamil filmdom. For actor Srikkanth, who made it big through his debut movie, `Roja Kootam', and earned the tag of romantic hero, branding an actor is a taboo.

The resounding success of his maiden venture fetched him a series of movies on the same line, but he opted to be choosy.

"No actor likes to get branded. Everyone aspires for versatile roles. And, I am no exception," says Srikkanth, who was in the Temple City to shoot for his next project, `Mercury Pookal', directed by S.S. Stanley (of `April Mathathil' fame).

Willing to improve

Though he likes to take the initiative while performing he does not over-do things. "I am a director's artist. The director can mould me in whatever way he likes. But that does not mean that I don't improvise. I do take a lot of risks in my movies. But I feel that I am still learning. Even in the critically acclaimed "Varna Jalam", I think there is scope for improvement in my acting," he says candidly.

Srikkanth strongly believes that he has lot at stake and has a lot to prove.

"I am very conscious about my roles and try to ensure that they are not strikingly similar to any other role done by me earlier. People tend to assume certain attributes to the roles. For example, people associate my character in `Jhoot' with what Vikram did in the movie `Dhool'. But in no way the characters are related, both the characters are totally different," he says.

At the same time, Srikkanth acknowledges that every film cannot boast of a different story. "The storyline can be the same but the treatment should be different.

That is where the director can distinguish himself by bringing his creativity to the fore."

Though his fans would love to see him more in romantic roles, he is bent upon playing different characters.

"That is why I changed my look and have started doing action movies now. In between I also take up soft characters."

Believes in luck

Though Srikkanth believes in luck, he feels it has been eluding him.

"I am waiting for one big break. The tough competition within Kollywood augurs well for Tamil cinema," he says.

But what irks him is hard work remaining unnoticed.

"When I signed `Bose', I knew I had plenty of scope and accordingly did a lot of homework. I worked hard for the movie's success but it did not fetch the desired result. That was quite disappointing," he grudges.

Srikkanth likes producers to go by the merit of the heroes.

"Most producers go by the saleability factor. They cannot be blamed. Everybody wants good returns for the money invested. But it crumples chances for actors like me," he laments.

He further rues about people shirking responsibility.

"It happened twice with my movies. `Chathurangam' is yet to be released due to some unwanted reasons. The treatment meted out to `Kana Kandein' is even worse. When the movie was running successfully, the publicity failed to cash in on the success and was stopped abruptly. It is a sabotage," he alleges.

His music interest

Srikkanth's interest in music even makes him give valuable suggestions.

"The `Bailemo' song in the movie `Bala' was originally composed for `April Mathathil'. But when I suggested to the director that a folk song would suit the situation, he immediately accepted and that's how the song "sight adipom, thum adipom ..." happened," he shares.On his latest film to hit the charts, `Bambara Kannale', he says with pride: "It is a full length comedy. You can see another dimension of me."

Ongoing projects

At present, Srikkanth is working in `Mercury Pookal' and `Uyir' directed by Swaminathan, an associate of director Cheran. The music for the movie is by Joshua Sridhar of `Kadhal' fame.

About his "cherished acting experience" with Meera Jasmine in `Mercury Pookal', he says: "It is challenging. She is more spontaneous and tries to outscore in every frame. She has something in store while going for the take. Hence, it was nice experience working with Meera."

Srikkanth revels in being labelled a "minimum guarantee hero".

And justifiably, he is pinning hopes on yet to be released `Chathurangam'.

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