Fan appreciation better than awards: Vikram

A National Award winner and Brand ambassador for Coco-cola along with Aamir Khan and Aishwarya Rai, Vikram spoke to us about his struggle, films and awards.

By Vijaya Sukumar (Contributor)

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Published: Mon 19 Jun 2006, 12:57 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 4:44 PM

This is the first time South films are being screened at IIFA. How does it feel?

It's very nice. Having films as part of a panorama generates an interest amongst people to come and watch as they expect it to be something very unique or good. Moreover being a part of the festival one can meet up with a lot of creative people from the same field, which is very good.

Tell us something about your film Anniyan.

I feel really good that Anniyan is being screened at the IIFA because this film to date is the film where I have really performed and worked hard on the character.

Anniyan is very far from me in real life. Anniyan talks about how we get used to all the rubbish, the corruption, the pollution and everything doled out to us. It’s about a person trying to bring about a change in society.

Was acting your goal in life?

From my Eighth standard onwards I wanted to get into films. I used to dream about sports cars, autographs and people recognising me. Later when I got into movies it became a question of survival. I think I had the longest struggle in Indian cinema as I didn’t have a hit for 10- 12 years.

Sethu (Tere Naam in Hindi) was my first hit. After that my priorities changed, I wanted to do deviant, offbeat roles where I could really perform. You realise that money is not important, I do only one film a year as now I just want to get my teeth into juicy roles.

Do you agree that South films have so much more violence than Hindi films.

It's what the South audience wants and one caters to it. When a certain formula works directors repeat it and exploit it. Hindi films have now become more NRI based, there are more songs and the superhero is no longer there. Bachchan Sir was the last, when he took his sabbatical the whole scene shifted to romance, music and comedy. Personally I don’t like gore. I tell my director I don’t want to see blood, if you want to have a death or a rape let it be suggestive.

How important are awards for you?

People can tell you many good things but an award is a stamp of recognition. Winning the National Award was really big for me. It urges you on to better yourself.

I met a man who said he has named his grandchild after my character in Anniyan, things like that are greater awards. When your fans come and tell you how much they loved your film I feel really good, that is better than any award!

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