It’s all about bloodlines. And with the right mix of DNA, the children of tinsel town’s yesteryear actors are poised for superstardom. Karthi, son of veteran actor Sivakumar who made a rather late entry into films after his big brother Suriya became a phenomenon is at an interesting phase of his career.
He is charming, cool and affable. And distant, aloof and unreachable. His seventh film, the mass masala entertainer Alex Pandian releases worldwide on Jan 11. Excerpts of an exclusive chat with Sridevi Sreedhar, on the eve of the release
Alex Pandian is probably one of the first biggies releasing in 2013. Your immediate thoughts?
I am happy to hear that Alex Pandian is big and we at Studio Green, right from the beginning made no pretentions and marketed the film as an all-out action film. It has comedy, action, drama, good songs and is a pure festival entertainer.
Are you tensed or cool?
(Laughing) I have both the emotions right now. On career front, I am cool about the release of Alex Pandian as we are sure that it is a well-made entertainer. But on the personal front, I am a bit tensed as my wife Ranjani is expecting our first baby any moment.
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But why did you decide to do another mass entertainer after last year’s Saguni, which was disappointing at the BO?
Saguni was supposed to be a political satire and not packaged as a mass film. If you remember, it didn’t even have a villain. I heard and signed Alex Pandian before Saguni release and so it is purely coincidental that people think I am doing only mass films. My next film Biriyani is a thriller and All in all Azhagu Raja with Rajesh is a pure romantic comedy.
But like in Bollywood and Malayalam, why don’t young heroes like you experiment in good cinema?
I am open to experimenting within the commercial format, but tell me where the scripts and good writers? I can only listen and sign to stories that come to me. I can’t write scripts. But let me tell you, I am not inclined to do pure cinema and my aim is to make entertaining films, which make money for everyone concerned and guarantees a good time at the cinema hall.
Alex Pandian promotions are the most talked about in the industry and audiences?
We at Studio Green believe in 360 degree promotions. If you make a product, it has to reach out to the audiences. We made Bad Boys... as a teaser song for Television promo and it worked big time.
How much have you improved as a dancer?
( Smiles) I give myself 2/10 marks and that two is only for the effort and getting it right at times. I am not a trained dancer but slowly enjoying it.
How would you sum up your achievements so far?
When I came into the industry I didn’t have too many expectations. Yet I knew this is the only thing I wanted to do. But honestly, today I want to do good work and is in a happy zone.