In a 14-year-long career, RK Suresh has proved his mettle both as a producer and distributor. Having learnt the nitty-gritty of cinema, he then ventured into acting recently. Now the actor turned producer talks about playing the villain in Vikram’s 'Sketch' and his upcoming films 'Billa Pandi' and 'Vettai Naai' in which he will be seen in lead roles.
In a 14-year-long career, RK Suresh has proved his mettle both as a producer and distributor. Having learnt the nitty-gritty of cinema, he then ventured into acting recently. “I always wanted to become an actor and it was a struggle initially. I realised that I had to learn how the industry worked. Hence, I began distributing films. Later, I started producing films. By then, I had a fair idea of cinema. It was Bala who gave a huge break in acting with Tharai Thappattai last year,” he begins.
Since then, he has delivered notable performances in Marudhu, Dharmadurai and Ippadai Vellum. The actor will now be seen playing a villain in Vikram’s Sketch releasing for Pongal. “The audience will see me talking ‘Madras Baashai’ in Sketch. It was a unique experience even off camera I was talking the same way to prep myself for the role. I somehow pulled it off on the sets and even during dubbing. Negative or lead roles, I’m looking to play characters like Rajini’s Parattai and Kamal Haasan’s Sappani from 16 Vayadhinile,” he says, adding, “Kamal sir is a visionary. No one can even dream of what he did even in the 80s. He’s always been way ahead of his times.”
Suresh will also play the lead in half a dozen films including Billa Pandi, Vettai Naai and Thanimugam. “I always believed that playing hero was everything. However, after entering the industry, I learnt that script is the hero and started accepting negative and character roles as well. My films Billa Pandi and Vettai Naai are strong in content. Billa Pandi’s script rides on Ajith’s life. It is about his dedication and the self-confidence he has. It is an action-comedy and also rides on emotions. My next film Vettai Naai is the modern-day Pudhiya Paadhai,” he adds.
Speaking about how piracy and the hike in ticket prices have hit the industry, he says, “A family of four now has to spend Rs 2,000 to watch a film, unlike before. Of late, middle and lower-middle class people think twice before watching a film. Only big heroes’ films attract crowds to the theatres. Low-budget films aren’t thriving as they used to. There is also piracy to make things worse. If these issues aren’t dealt with, producers and actors would soon have to start selling DVDs once their films release. Digitisation of cinema is the only solution for these issues,” he concludes.