His claim to fame - he is the grandson of the legendary actor Sivaji Ganesan.
Junior Sivaji, as Dushyanth is known now, made his debut with Success recently. This young hero is the son of Ramkumar, Sivaji Ganesan’s eldest son who looks after the family business. Thie aspiring hero is trying to cash on the brand equity of one of greatest actors on Tamil screen. Incidentally ‘Success’ was the first word that Sivaji Ganesan had said on screen in Parasakthi, his debut film. Junior Sivaji speaks to Sify in this interview. Excerpts:
What was your first reaction when you saw yourself on screen?
I was a bit nervous and at the same time excited as the fans of my grandfather and uncle Prabhu have pinned a lot of hope on me. I was praying that I would be able to live up to their expectations. I analysed thoroughly where I had gone wrong, where my acting needed correction and what my strength and weaknesses are. Personally, I feel I have miles to go.
How did Success happen?
It was a mere coincidence, as I never had any idea to do a film. Producer Issaki Sundar saw me in Sivaji Productions office and signed me up. I took up the challenge and started working hard to fit into the role. Slowly I started enjoying what I was doing.
How did you prepare yourself for the role?
I decide to give my best on the screen. In fact it took me three months to get into the role of Ganesh that I played in Success. I learnt dance and stunts in three months. I was keen that I should prove to my family and the audience and not let them down.
A lot of expectation was riding on you, being the grandson of Sivaji Ganesan. Please comment.
Certainly. There was a lot of expectation from the audience but they should realize that I have just started my career and I have a long way to go. I am working hard and I will try my level best to achieve what my grandfather and uncle have achieved.
With so many young heroes making their debut every other week, the competition must be stiff?
I think a right mix of luck and hard work is all that you need for success. Audience acceptability comes after they start liking the characters you play and for that the blessings of elders and God are most important.
What are your memories about your late grandfather?
He was a typical family man who never used to discuss films at home. He was an actor par excellence and I loved his acting skills and watched almost all his movies. I have seen Veerapandia Kattabomman more than 20 times. And my uncle Prabhu encouraged me everyday and even during the shooting, he guided me and gave tips on how to emote.
What are your future projects?
I am doing a movie for Krishnakanth India Theatre Productions. It is a youthful film with romance and action. In Success, audience appreciated my action scenes more and so have decided to concentrate more on such genre right now.