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Pal of Maduraiites

Sriman describes himself as "a mass of clay in the hands of directors. They can mould me into any shape they want."


SRIMAN WHO shot to fame with "Sethu" has become a "Nanba (friend)" to many Maduraiites. To feel the pusle of the audience, he went to watch "Sethu" at Cinepriya theatre, soon after its release and pleasantly discovered his popularity. After the show, many people approached him and said "Nee Nammaluma (You are our man)". And even after he left the city, many kept in touch with him because they feel he is their "Nanba."

Sriman's persona on the silver screen is a mirror image of his real usual self. Casual and practical in approach, he is able to win over people with much ease and perhaps that is why he has an enviable fan club today comprising people of all ages who simply loved his performance in Sethu where he plays the supporting role with star actor Vikram.

Quiz him and he instantly describes himself as "a mass of clay in the hands of directors." "They can mould me into any shape they want."

Sriman's association with filmworld started early as his uncle, K.S. Reddy, was a Telugu film director and his father, Prakash Reddy, a film producer.

Till the age of ten, this lad spent time in the studios of Kollywood and then he committed himself to academics. During his school finals, Sriman renewed his links with the industry and joined dance masters like Vimala, Raghuram and Kala to learn Bharatanatyam. During this time he met and befriended actor Vikram and also stuck a friendly chord with another star, Vijay, through a common friend. "My father dreamt of making me a doctor. But I did not score well even to become a compounder. I joined the B.Com course in Pachyappa's College, Chennai, and continue to be a student as I have arrears in some papers," he reveals non-chalantly about his academic progress.

Sriman's entry into films, however, was as a child artiste in Telugu film, `Bangaru Manushulu'.

He re-entered as a `senior' artiste in `Pudhiya Mannargal' directed by Vikraman. And today, he is much in demand for character roles.

Sriman has also capped a lead roles in Tamil film `Katrukenna Veli' and `Dharma' in Telugu. He is now working as a hero in `Pattaiyai Kilappu' produced by villain actor Ponnambalam besides three other roles in `Sathurangam' of Karu Palaniappan, `Kudaikkul Mazhai' by Parthiban and `Thakathimitha' by Sundar. C.

"I have acted with all present day leading actors," says Sriman.


But he nurtures a desire to act with superstar Rajnikant and hopes toget a chance in `Jaggubai'.

On directors, he says, "Bala is a man who can shape anybody, Kamal is an institution by himself and with Mani Ratnam it is a never-ending learning process."

"If Sethu is a break for me, Panchathanthiram and Ayudha Ezhuthu are elevations in my career", he self-assesses.

Sriman's talents are not confined to acting alone. He is a good dancer and a stunt man too. His dance number with Jothilakshmi in Sethu for the song `Kanakarunguyile' is a testimony to his tapping talents. He never uses duplicate artistes for stunts.

Till date, Sriman has 70 films in his kitty, while four Tamil and two Telugu films are getting ready to hit the screen.

His acting skills have been visible on the telescreen too where he made his mark in three serials.

Acting with thespian Sivaji Ganesan in a TV serial `Meendum Gouravam', aired on Doordarshan, Sriman considers it a "blessing". "But, it was `Kelviyin Nayagane' aired on Sun TV that enhanced his popularity. And simultaneously the success of "Sethu" took him to soaring heights.

He is very keen to become a producer like his father but at the same time does not rule out the possibility of getting into a director's shoe either. Directing is tough as you have to bring out the inherent talents in every one and perfect coordination among all characters.

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