Ashok Selvan, who has hit films like Soodhu Kavvum and Thegidi to his name, talks about his upcoming release Kootathil Oruthan and gives us the lowdown on the kind of actor he wants to be
“I approached director Gnanavel for this film after music director Nivas Prasanna told me the one-liner. When Gnanavel told me that I will be playing a middle-bencher, who studies all night to score 50 marks, I couldn’t find any references. That is how script should be unique,” he says. Ashok also says that he immediately related to the character. “When I was a student, I started as a middle-bencher and ended up as a back-bench student,” he laughs.
“Even in my neighbourhood, my sister is always the star and people identify me as her brother because I wasn’t a bright kid. So, I could easily adapt myself to this character. Priya Anand plays the female lead and is an achiever and an outstanding student in this film,” he adds. Ashok, who has over half-a-dozen films to his name in a career spanning over five years admits that he is choosy when it comes to signing a movie.
“Only when it strikes a chord and I get the intuition that the movie will draw audience to the theatres, I agree to do it. When the trailer of Kootathil Oruthan got released, 90 per cent of the people had commented saying, this movie reflects my life. This is what I want as an actor. Moreover, I am an aspiring actor who should do films that audience can relate to. That way, my career has just begun and I am looking forward to a long run in the industry,” he says.
The actor who has done seven films in five years, has over four films lined up for releases this year. When asked if this ratio might be a hurdle for him in the future, he says, “A few movies have been delayed. Kootathil Oruthan was supposed to release last year. However, there were a lot of factors because of which the release had to be postponed. I am hoping that there aren’t any strikes or protests before July 28.
Also, I am not someone who can do five movies at a time. I like to keep myself focused in one project. I am jealous of actors who have eight to 10 films at a time. I wonder how they pull it off. From this year, I hope to have atl east a few good releases every year,” he concludes.