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    Straddling two worlds

    Monday, November 21, 2005
    Actor Ranjith a popular villain on Malayalam screen , is currently trying his hand at playing the hero in a Tamil movie titled Don Sera.

    Introduced by R K Selvamani in Tamil, Ranjith had acted in several movies before making a foray to Malayalam.

    He expresses his gratitude for Mohanlal for introducing him in Malayalam.

    In a quick chat, Ranjith, who is the husband of actress Priya Raman, shares his thoughts on the movie produced and directed by him in Tamil besides about the Malayalam industry and also about his recent release Raajamanickyam alongside Mammootty.

    Tell us about your experience in producing and directing Bheesmar?

    That film though flopped at the box office, earned me critical acclaim from the media and discerning audiences. Sadly, Tamil fans are unable to accept defeatist subjects as they want the hero to succeed, which is not practical always. But that film earned me appreciation from film connoisseurs for the subject value.

    How has been your foray into Malayalam cinema?

    After having acted in 40 Tamil films, I was overjoyed when actor Mohanlal rang me up for a meaty assignment in Naatu Raja, my debut film in Malayalam. Then followed Chandrosavam, again with Mohanlal, and Loganathan IAS, opposite Kalabhavan Mani.

    Though I acted as a villain, these films got me good name in the Malayalam film industry.

    In the recent flick Raajamanickyam, starring Mammooty, I donned an inventive character Simon Nadar, which received overwhelming kudos from cine-buffs in Kerala.

    In what way, according to you,Malayalam films differ from Tamil films?

    Sharp timing, good planning and execution and where heroes and characters are selected based on story line and scripts are the strong points of Malayalam cinema. Whereas Tamil films are hero-driven with loads of market sentiments and entertainment value. Both have their strengths.

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