Producer Jayaprakash has now turned as a full time character artiste after the stupendous hit of Pasanga. Be it the school teacher in Pasanga, the villain in Vamsam or the understanding dad in Naan Mahaan Alla, Jayaprakash’s spontaneity has made the characters unforgettable.
On his new avatar, as an actor he says, ““I was a shy person. So the thought of venturing before the camera never crossed my mind. Kudos to Cheran, who marked by debut in Maaya Kannaadi”, he laughs.
“I tried to dissuade Cheran from casting me but he would hear nothing of it. I was extremely nervous on the first day of shoot,” he remembers.
Vamsam and Naan Mahaan Alla have stabilised Jayaprakash’s position as a performer of calibre. If the villain with a smug smile and venom-spewing eyes in Vamsam caught your attention, so did the doting dad in Naan Mahaan … “When Pandiraj told me that my character in Vamsam will be far removed from the one I played in Pasanga, I said I was game because I know Pandiraj’s potential,” says Jayaprakash. “As for Naan Mahaan … my sons are 21 and 15 and so portraying a considerate father on screen came naturally I suppose,” he explains.
As a producer he has produced several films like Chellamae, April Maadam, Thavasi and many more under his GJ Cinema banner.
Are you producing any films now?: “At the moment I’m not thinking of returning to production. Why should I when as an actor the going is good? Earlier, I had to take care of the needs of my cast and crew, but now I’m taken care of. The lure is too much to set aside,”, says the producer-turned actor.