Chennai: Tamil cinema in the past has witnessed actors who began their careers as villains and went on to rule the box office in lead roles. Joining this long list is Roshan of Drishyam fame who debuts in Tamil as an action hero in a film, titled Kubera Rasi.
The Mohanlal- Meena starrer, Drishyam, was a massive hit in M’town and is being remade in all the south Indian languages, including Telugu. Roshan’s powerful role in Drishyam had negative shades and he received accolades from all quarters. Interestingly, the actor has been roped in for the T’town remake which has Venkatesh in the lead to reprise the role he had played in the original.
Speaking of his action hero role in Tamil, Roshan says, “The movie is about a bank robbery with lots of twists and turns. I play Murugan who comes from Kumbakonam to the city in search of a job. He gets caught in a predicament and how he comes out of it forms the crux of the plot.”
Radhakrishnan, who directed Karunas and others in Chandamama, directs this film too. Yet another Mollywood import, Abhirami Suresh, is being paired opposite Roshan. His role models are Kamal Haasan and Suriya. “Who would not like Rajini sir’s style?” he quizzes.
Didn’t he fear being typecast as a villain in Telugu? “It is not often that a Malayalam actor gets a chance to act in Telugu films. When I was offered the role, I grabbed it. I want to do all kinds of roles there,” he says. “I also want to be identified as an action hero in Tamil.”