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Striking a balance

Genuine and eager to prove his mettle... that's Srikanth for you


FRESH FROM the image makeover that his latest film "Joot" has given him, yuppie actor Srikanth is on a whirlwind tour to various cities to gauge the audience reaction to his flick.

Coimbatore was the last leg of that. The film is doing quite well and his work has again been noticed.

"It got a good opening and has quashed the notion that I suited only romantic roles. This film has given me the image of a action hero and I have a new look in it too," he says.

Clad in a white designer top and sporting a red bandana over his closely cropped hair (courtesy the movie he is shooting for), Srikanth comes across as a very friendly bloke.

"My films have usually done well in Coimbatore and this is like home."

The actor will next be seen in Varnajaalam, Sadurangam and Bose. "In Varnajaalam, I play very different roles and in Sadurangam, I essay the role of a journalist," he states.

Asked if he would change his appearance in the movies, he says: "I can experiment with my entire appearance only when my face sets. Until then, I can only try out different characters. I hate being branded as an actor who can do only this role or that."

The young brigade of actors who have stormed the bastion of more established stars seem very committed to their craft. They don't throw airs or pretend to be too busy.

"See, I am here to work. I will not say I was a very obedient student in college. But, this is my profession. If I were into engineering, will I not learn my subject? Here, I am learning cinema," he explains, adding: "every movie is part of the learning process and every movie is educating."

Srikanth dismisses all talk of number games. "Judge me as an individual," he requests.

Joot is his sixth film, including one in Telugu. His earlier movies, barring "Parthiban Kanavu" have seen him playing the role of a lover boy.

And, most of them have been decent movies.

That, he says "is because I want my movies to be seen by the family."

Though's Srikanth's acting has come in for praise in Joot, most reviewers feel his refinement managed to sneak into the role of Eswaran.

But, the actor insists he tries to ensure the character comes across on screen, rather than the actor.

As for the tag of being a "nice boy", he says that will not change.

"I was brought up in a middle class family. My parents have taught me that being genuine matters and that it is important to be nice. If I misbehave, it will reflect badly on them."

Entering the film industry has not changed him much, the actor says.

"But, since I have to take my own decisions, I have learnt to be more mature."

SUBHA J RAO

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