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Giving a new dimension to acting

Actor Sathyaraj speaks about his experiences in the tinsel world during a recent visit to the city.

Pics: K. Ananthan

New stars on the horizon.

THERE ARE quite a few from Coimbatore region who made a mark on the silver screen. And those who entered the field about two decades ago from here did bring in a new style of dialogue delivery and humour, something that was totally unfamiliar to Kollywood.

Among those was a science graduate from Government Arts College, Coimbatore.

Sathyaraj gave a new dimension to the role of a villain with his wit and sarcasm. On his visit to the city to participate in the 50th day celebrations of "Student No.1" featuring his son Sibiraj he took a trip down memory lane and recounted the experiences.


In those days, Kongu Tamil was scoffed at in Kollywood. "During my early days as an actor, I was asked as to why I was using a slang that was totally different." But, now it is the same slang that has become famous, both in Kollywood and among filmgoers. He advised the newcomers not to try out big things. "New entrants to the field must know their limitations and act accordingly. I used punchy dialogues only after I became popular. Newcomers should avoid such things." `Thagudu thagudu', `En characteraiya purinjikka maatengiraye' his most popular punch lines were accepted by the audience because they knew the actor Sathyaraj. "Good talent is spotted by directors and they play a crucial role in grooming them." Senior actors should encourage upcoming artistes. "I was able to use the dialogue `Ennamma kannu soukiyama' repeatedly in the film Mr. Bharath because Rajnikant cooperated with me."

He also shared his memories about Coimbatore. "There were very few cinema halls those days. When I was in college there was none nearby. We had to go to Rainbow Theatre to watch movies. As only English films were screened, I used to avoid going to these places. This proved to be a blessing in disguise as I was able to complete my graduation."

For Sathyaraj's son Cibiraj too it was a homecoming. "After a long time I have come to the place where I was born.

Sherin, the heroine, sounded a little apologetic. "I saw the film in a pirated VCD and I am quite ashamed about it."

M. ALLIRAJAN

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