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CHARMING hero

Candid and confident. That's Vaseegaran for you


THE SCREEN name suits him perfectly. Vaseegaran aka Fazal Ahmed's looks captivate at first glance. The lad, flush with the reviews for his role of rich kleptomaniac John Vaseegaran in Bharathirajaa's latest flick "Kangalal kaidhu sei", looks like he is straight from a modelling school.

In reality, he is going on 20 and hails from the predominantly rural Palladam, near Coimbatore.

When Metroplus caught up with him, he was busy preparing for his examinations.

"My looks suited the character I played. The director liked my body language. He believed it could help me essay the role," he says.

"Movies happened accidentally. Bharathiraja saw me during a visit to Palladam and booked me for his next venture. I was hesitant initially, but accepted the offer on the advice of friends and well-wishers."

As the shooting schedule clashed with his examinations, Vaseegaran had to skip a full semester. "It was very difficult. But, I had no other option," he states.

Ask him about working with Bharathiraja, known for his short fuse, and he stumps you by saying that the veteran director was friendly. "People have told me he is a terror on the sets. But, I had an altogether different experience. He is a good teacher and brings out the best in you. He allowed me to interpret my role and did not interfere much."

"I am no movie buff," he admits candidly (Incidentally, his father owns a cinema theatre). "I watch movies once in a while. In fact, I had seen only two movies directed by Bharathiraja before I took to acting. Probably, the ratio has improved now," he says with a smile.

"It doesn't really make any difference. Movies only act as a reference," he explains.

After watching the premiere of the movie in Chennai, Vaseegaran rushed to his hometown to see it in his family theatre.

"It was a wonderful experience. I appeared before my home crowd for the first time. I received both appreciation and criticism, but took them in the right spirit. Some critics felt I should have been more expressive. But, I feel the character didn't demand that."

Was he nervous during the first shoot? "I did not do any extra homework for the role. I was quite comfortable in front of the camera," he says. "The toughest thing is to act in front of a mirror. I tried doing that after completing the movie. But I came a cropper," he confesses. As for emoting in front of the camera, the actor quips that when asked to laugh, he could only manage a smile.

Vaseegaran is now shooting for "Uyir Ezhuthu" directed by R. Sundararajan, which is slated for release this May.

M. ALLIRAJAN

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