Actor Jeeva is on Cloud Nine with more and more positive reviews emanating from the print and television media about his latest film ‘Ko’, which has been directed by K.V. Anand. The film also marks the debut as heroine of Karthika, daughter of Radha, who once ruled the roost in Tamil films for more than a decade as the leading heroine with many notable films opposite Rajini, Kamal, Vijaykanth, Sathyaraj, Bhagyaraj, Prabhu and Karthick.
After the moderate success of ‘Singam Puli’ a few months back, Jiiva is obviously delighted at the huge success of ‘Ko’. In order to ensure that success doesn’t go to his head, his father and veteran producer R.B. Chowdhary tells him that “Success shouldn’t act as an ‘intoxicating drug’; instead, it should serve as a fruit juice which should energize you to deliver many such successes in future!”
“Anand (Sir) used to tell me about many things during the shooting…he told me that the job of a journalist or a photographer could easily be the toughest of all the professions and shouldn’t be taken lightly….He threw light on the fact that it was only due to the photograph taken by a slain photographer that the famous Rajiv Gandhi assassination case could be cracked.
“He was very particular that I, as a journalist, shouldn’t be seen in kurta and pyjama. Anand told me to be very careful with the costumes as he badly wanted to change the ‘traditional look’ of a journalist. Even my mother liked my look in the film and said I looked refreshingly different as compared to my earlier films in which I would sport beard and dirty clothes (to suit my roles, though),” says Jiiva.
Jiiva adds that he had enough money to survive even before entering films and that he didn’t become an actor merely to make money. “I’m doing it for the satisfaction of my soul. As such, the question of raising my fee after this success doesn’t arise at all,” says a smiling Jiiva.