What Lies Ahead

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He’s calm as a summer sea. His latest release Shamitabh may not have done wonders at the box-office but Dhanush seems unperturbed. Besides, he has reasons to be happy. Reportedly, his last Tamil release Anegan raked in `20 crore in just two days. And while R Balki’s Shamitabh could not attain the feat in terms of monies, it won him rah rahs. Dhanush’s deaf-mute character in the film spoke for his intrinsic talent. He held his own, sharing screen space with the powerhouse of talent Amitabh Bachchan. The evolving actor now wants to strike a balance between the method and madness of being in the movies. A tete-a-tete with the man of the moment…

You seem to have hit a balance with the critical acclaim of Shamitabh and the commercial success of Anegan…
Yes… Earlier, I went through a rough patch in my career. I’ve had four flops down South in recent times. And I deal with it the way it’s supposed to be dealt with. I’m a secure person. What is mine is mine and nobody is going to take it away from me. But during those last years, I tried to make a difference. I was only doing blockbuster and formulaic films and I realised that I didn’t have enough quality-driven films. I grew selective. That’s how I won the National Award for Aadukalam. The film hasn’t done too well but I’m proud to be associated with it. Just recently, I did a film called VIP, purely for commercial success. And it worked big time for me. Now I’m trying to find a balance between entertainment and good content.

Have you thought of directing a film someday?

Oh, yes someday!  Directing is my passion. It excites me. I like to observe people. I observed Amitji (Amitabh Bachchan) while he acted. I observed and learned from him. I like to observe how others sing, dance… I even watch how the director frames a shot in a particular way.
Does competition bother you?
No. I’ve always been a secure person. When my job is done here, I want people to remember me as one of the finest performers. That’s all.
Can we expect another composition like Kolaveri Di from you?
Music is my passion. I’d perish without it. But I’m not a music director.

So what lies ahead?
One step at a time. That’s the best way to go about it.