Two years ago, Vineeth Mohan quit his well-paying bank job to follow his passion — acting. Now, after a year of continuous struggles and another year of doing small roles, he has finally bagged himself a full-length role in John Varghese’s upcoming film Adi Kapyare Koottamani.
“I was always interested in acting and got a job at the bank only to satisfy my parents. While working there, I also looked for acting gigs, but soon found out it wasn’t going to work. So, after a year and a half, I quit my job and started full-time role-hunting. It was definitely not easy as I thought! I had no job for a year and had to borrow money from my parents for my daily needs.”
“My family was concerned, but I wasn’t ready to give up. That was when I met Vijay Babu sir,” says Vineeth. Both Vineeth and Vijay are natives of Kollam. “Vijay Babu sir is my uncle’s neighbour and it was his mother who introduced me to Vinay Babu and Vijay sir, who told me to leave Thiruvananthapuram and shift to Kochi. Later, Vijay sir offered me the role of Mukesh sir’s driver in Peruchazhi, my first role with a dialogue. He was the one who offered me all my subsequent films Aadu Oru Bheegara Jeevi Aanu, Akashvani and Adi Kapyare Koottamani. Meeting him was the turning point of my life,” says Vineeth.
Vineeth is one of the four lead characters in Adi Kapyare Koottamani. “I, Dhyan, Neeraj and Aju are hostelmates and my character Koshy is the mature one in the group. The character is quite similar to me. In Akashavani, I have a small role of Kavya’s cousin who works in Vijay sir’s office. I play one of those haughty, bossy characters who love to show off in front of women,” he adds.
So is it financially viable to quit his job for films? He tactfully avoids the question and says, “I have never regretted quitting my job. I started out doing small roles, learned from my mistakes and have now secured a full-length role. I will never make the same mistake twice in acting. That’s the most important thing,” he sums up.