He is not into the petroleum business. Nor is he part of the telecommunications sector. And no, one out of every four investors in India is not a shareholder in his company.
Yet, his name — if the posters are to be believed — is Ambani and he hails from Ambasamudram in Tirunelveli. “When I’m 13, I run off to Chennai aspiring to become another Ambani and do menial jobs there to achieve my dream,” reveals actor Karunas, talking about his film Ambasamudram Ambani that’s releasing today.
So, does he become as rich as Ambani? “Ah, that’s a secret,” he smiles, “Watch the film to find out.”
he movie marks Karunas’s journey from the dusty lanes of Dindigul (he played the lead in Dindigul Sarathy) to the lush fields of Ambasamudram.
“After the success of Dindigul Sarathy, expectations increased. So, when I decided to sign my next venture, I was doubly careful. When Ambasamudram Ambani came my way, I couldn’t say no. The film is a realistic portrayal of a lower-middle-class man who strives hard to pursue his dream. My character’s motto in life is — Nambikkai than vaazhkai. It gives the message to be confident in all your endeavours. Navneeth Kaur of Arasangam fame plays my love interest,” gushes the actor.
Have responsibilities increased after becoming a hero as the film is now entirely on his shoulders?
“Definitely! But a comedian too has a pivotal role in the film. For instance, when the Dhanush-Aparna Pillai starrer Pudukkottaiyilirunthu Saravanan failed to cast its magic, I was blamed. Critics wrote me off saying that I should not even have been considered for the role and I was one of the prime reasons for the movie’s debacle. But when I paired up with Dhanush in Devathaiyai Kandein, Thiruvilayadal Aarambam, Polladhavan and Yaaradi Nee Mohini (which did well), I was appreciated. That’s when I understood that the comedian is not only the hero’s sidekick.”
With leading comedians like Vadivelu and Vivekh too having turned heroes, is there a competition among them?
“I do not consider myself to be in the same league. After all, I started my film career only nine years ago. My only concern is that my films should appeal to the entire family and portray reality,” explains Karunaas, who also has projects like Endhiran, Ilaignan and Baana Kathadi lined up.
On a lighter vein, quiz Karunaas if he would show his latest flick to the Ambani brothers — Mukesh and Anil — and pat comes the reply.
“In fact, I did send them an invitation for the audio release of the film but they didn’t turn up. But, I’m planning to send them a copy of my film,” he winds up.