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    Jai Akash

    Saturday, August 28, 2004
    Brought up in London, Jai Akash began his career with `Rojavaanam’, He shifted to Telugu films where he found relatively good acceptance but his yearning for Tamil films took him back to Kodambakkam. He played the lead in Inidhu Inidhu Kadhal Inidhu opposite Neha and produced by Ramoji Rao. Now after Ramakrishna, which is awaiting release, he has signed several films in Tamil. Excerpts from a chat with the hero.

    Are you a method actor or a director’s actor?

    get involved in the role. Among all the films it was 'Ramakrishna', which was a learning experience. I had a scene in which I cry and did it in one take. Similarly the climax scene where I had to interact with a lot of characters, an emotional scene yet I should not turn away too much from the camera. Director Ahathiyan was a great teacher and supported me. Balu Mahendra who saw the film said that he was touched by my performance so also Cheran who predicted that this film would get me public recognition.

    How come you are so interested in Tamil films?

    In London our only entertainment was seeing videos of Tamil films and reading magazines. I enjoyed the dances of Anand Babu and Prabhu deva An interest in acting was born then.

    I applied to an advertisement seeking new faces in the website of Madras Talkies. I e-mailed Suhasini and asked her if I had a chance. She asked me to take a portfolio and come to India. She offered me her serial 'Ganesh Vasanth', but I didn't take it up. Suhasini had given KB’s office my stills. I met director Selva and Balachander and they signed me for 'Roja vaanam'. It was Balachander who changed my name from Jai Satish to Jai Akash.

    Who are your favorite heroes?

    I admire MGR, Rajnikant, Kamal Hassan and Vikram. I take the plus points of each actor. Like for my Gurudeva, I'm seen some films of Kamal Hassan to get the slang and body language right of street rowdy.

    What is your aim in life?

    I want to make lots of money and do something for the handicapped. Back in London, the physically challenged are well looked after. I intend to do something for them.

    You’re future films

    Ramakrishna is to be released shortly. I have 'Sevvel', where I play a law college student. Rajkiran plays my father and it's all about a father- son relationship. In 'Gurudeva', a love story. I play a city rowdy and I've got my hairstyle and look totally changed for the film. Initially I'd planned to sign new films only after the release of 'Ramakrishna'. But the offers that came in were exciting. Sivasakthi Pandian's next film too has me in it.

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