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Joining the big league

After Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise, it's now Madhavan's turn to enter into an agreement with international image managers, IMG


IT WAS Madhavan minus camera, action, fans, autographs and most of all, the beanie cap that he has been wearing for the last few months. At the Leather Bar in The Park to announce his agreement with image managers IMG, we finally got to see his fashionable crew cut complemented by a burgundy silk shirt.

The "Run" star who made it to home base with "Anbe Sivam", seemed excited about his association with the global name — IMG. "I am thrilled to join its big list of clients — Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, Keanu Reeves, Julia Roberts and Tom Cruise who are also part of Creative Artist Agency (CAA), a global alliance of IMG."

IMG will be taking care of his off-screen projects and endorsements and he feels that this arrangement would take the load off his shoulders, "It will help me be more careful about the kind of brands I endorse and in achieving my professional goals."

Having been the first Indian actor to be associated with IMG, he feels that its global presence can keep track of the brands that use his name in the overseas market too.

Apart from brand management, he is looking forward to Maniratnam's "Ayutha Ezhuthu" and K.S. Ravi Kumar's "Aethriee", which are to hit the theatres soon. "I have been told not to reveal anything about my role in Maniratnam's film," he tells us stating the obvious fact that it casts Surya, Siddharth, Meera Jasmine and Trisha apart from himself.

So we begin to talk something he can talk about — his latest film "Jay Jay", "The reviews were a mixed bag in the beginning, but then it is running for 75 days now, which means it is a success. But I am sure I will not be doing remakes any more. Playing roles that have been done by another actor means you cannot make your presence felt — the audience tends to draw comparisons between the actors, which I don't like," he asserts. "For now, I am just looking for good stories, I don't mind the kind of character. I guess character would fall in place if there is a good storyline."

What about his other interests when he is not facing the camera? This former NCC cadet, who represented India as a junior defence ambassador to England, loves playing golf, and spending time with family, which he misses for obvious reasons. "Given a chance I would just lazily sit around and surf the net."

PRASSANA SRINIVASAN

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