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"I enjoy doing comedies... I feel it is an effective way of communication," says comedian Vivek


HE BROUGHT about a noticeable change to comedy in Tamil cinema. He has the uncanny knack of driving a social message straight into the head through humour. Vivek took time off from his hectic schedule to answer some questions.

Your role in `Peralagan' has been criticised for its rather unsympathetic approach to the problems of a physically challenged person. How do you respond to that?

Well, there is an old Tamil movie where Sivaji Ganesan plays a physically challenged man and the comedian keeps poking fun at him. Till the end, the comedian does not lend a helping hand to the protagonist. Contrary to that, in "Peralagan," though I laugh at my friend often, I am also the first to come to his aid in times of need. The comedy is only an ingredient to make the movie lively.

It has been comedy always for you...

I enjoy doing comedies. Moreover, I feel it is an effective way of communication. If properly used, it can be a good medium of education too.

Do offbeat films interest you?

Offbeat movies are a different ball game. I am a comedian, and my type of comedy usually finds a place in commercial movies. In some movies, my role is insignificant compared to that of the hero. In others, I am as important as the protagonist. But as far as I am concerned, whoever attracts the audience most is the hero.

You have a good fan following among the youth...

Humour appeals to everyone irrespective of age. But as for my fans, who are mostly youngsters, I believe I have tried out a different sort of comedy where I convey some message for society. It doesn't just make you laugh, but also makes you think.

What about a full-fledged comedy movie from you?

I have been working on it for quite some time. The spadework has already begun. The script needs to be good enough.

PRATHIBA PARAMESWARAN

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