Sarathkumar is fondly called as ‘Supreme Star’ by his fans and enjoys a reputation as an ‘action hero’. He started off as a producer with a Karthick-starrer in the late eighties and did sundry roles in a few films, played a full-fledged villain to Vijayakanth in ‘Captain Prabhakaran’ before turning hero with K.S. Ravikumar’s ‘Cheran Pandiyan’. Sarathkumar then went on to star in many successful movies as hero opposite almost all the frontline heroines.
Of late, though, he hasn’t been having the best of times in films. Though his political career is looking brighter than ever, he isn’t having the same element of luck in his Kollywood career. He has, therefore, widened his scope of acting by foraying into Malayalam films and by agreeing to do ‘different’ roles in Tamil films too.
One such role is his transformation as a ‘transgender’ in Raghava Lawrence’s ‘Kanchana’, a sequel to the latter’s successful ‘Muni’ a couple of years back. Though Sarath has starred as a woman in some of his films earlier, they were all part of the comic portions and never before had he done the role of a transgender.
Directed by Lawrence, the highlight of the film ‘Kanchana’ is said to be Sarath’s role. Commenting about the role, Lawrences says “Sarath Sir’s character has become the highlight of the film. His portrayal has made the film proud and I can’t remain more thankful to him.” When contacted, Sarath said that he simply performed his duties as an actor.
“I always love to take on challenging roles. I’m very happy that the audiences have taken a huge liking to my role in Kanchana,” said Sarath.