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On the movie track with Maddy

After playing the enchanting heartthrob in several movies, actor Madhavan now wants to try out comedy.

AFTER PLAYING yuppy ad executive `A.Ars' alias Anbarasu in the critically acclaimed Anbe Sivam, actor Madhavan, `Maddy' to his fans, his mulling doing full-length comedies. Browsing through the WorldWideWeb on his laptop computer, after spending some time at the Pepsi outlets in the city where he met `lucky customers' and gave away gifts, he takes a break to talk about the kind of roles he would like to play, his concept of a movie and future projects.

"A movie should never give out a social message as the idea is not to reform society or to preach values. It is meant only to entertain people. If it preaches, it becomes a documentary," he says.

"I am planning to do full-length comedy roles in the future. My next release Nala Damayanthi is a light-hearted film."

Is he choosy about his roles? "I am selecting films that have a strong storyline. If the movie fails to click, then the role that one plays does not make any difference." What does he think about the movies he has done so far? "None of my films can be considered as bad films. Films like Kannathil Muthamittal and Anbe Sivam won a lot of recognition."

How did it feel when these two films failed to set the cash registers ringing while Run became a huge hit? "I put in the same hard work and commitment in all my films. These movies were some sort of an experiment to test the preferences of people. As an actor, I feel good when my talents are appreciated. But as a star, I feel bad when the movie does not do well at the box office. The money should also come in and the producer and distributor must get good profits."

What are his future projects? "My next release is Nala Damayanthi while Priyamana Thozhi, directed by Vikraman and produced by AVM, is slated for a July release. I also have Jai Jai, directed by Saran, which is being shot now."

Of all the characters he has essayed so far, `Karthik' of his debut Alaipayuthey is closest to Madhavan's heart. And, a movie with Maniratnam is in the pipeline. Work on that will start in September. As for his role, he remains tight lipped. "I don't have any idea about it," he says. What kind of image does he want? "Actually I would like to break all images about me," he quips.

M. ALLIRAJAN

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