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    This Raj is daringly different

    Friday, September 10, 2004
    It is his way of repaying the gratitude to his mentor.

    Duet Movies has been churning out quality movies thanks to the enterprise of the actor par excellence Prakash Raj.
    Fittingly, Raj has named the banner with the very same name of his debut film, his way of honoring an individual who brought to light his innate talents.
    `What would have been my world sans films,' wondered Raj with his characteristic poise.`If today it is an happening world for me, I owe it all to K Balachander. When I saw the final product of Duet, I was clueless as to how the director could bring in so much of conviction in a riot of color in what looked like a run-of-the-mill character. That was the defining moment for Raj, as it made him believe that every individual has a talent. Only that it has to be tapped. `Getting the break at the right time was important. Now I have the confidence to escort me, making light of even heavier roles. Only I do my best to retain my style and individuality. No way, will compromise on the twin factors.'
    The perfect start kindled his spark to do challenging and off-beat roles. Name it and he has done everything, right from a doting father to an affectionate brother or even an eunuch. Statistics are mind boggling, if you go by the margin of 250 films in less than a decade.
    `If today, I have made a name in the industry, it is only due to KB sir. At every turn he has spotted talent giving new meanings to so many greenhorns. He has set the trend and it is only fair that someone takes up the mantle. Also, it has given me new avenues to home in my points.'
    Of the four films produced by Duet Movies, the latest one Azhagiye Theeye has been the talk of the town.
    `It's fine should your best friend become your life partner,' had been the message. More than the final denouement, the treatment and the freshness of the subject came in for appreciation from the masses. Raj said he will make films on a parallel track, avoiding collision with the main track. After all, he still has so much to achieve and meet the expectations of his growing legion of admirers.
    `Variety is the spice. I will not confine myself to a set pattern. The thinking should not be that the viewers will accept whatever you give. They have not set any boundaries to be trespassed. As a producer, I am committed to take them to wider horizons.
    Thankfully, I'm in a position to afford to experiment.'
    For sure, Raj is daringly different.

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