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Saturday 18 February 2023

The versatile actor has captured our interests by performing pivotal

 *Actor Ajith Koshy* 

The versatile actor has captured our interests by performing pivotal roles and delivering commendable performances in many movies of leading actors. Be it the role of a heroine’s father or a police commissioner, he doesn’t miss to steal our attention with a glorious charisma. He keeps winning our appreciation through his performances in various OTT series, and Pan-Indian movies and is on a successful path now. 


*Tell us about yourself* 

I was born in Kerala but grew up in Chennai. I would say, I am a complete Royapuram resident, and am staying with my family in this locality for many years. My fascination with cinema and acting has existed since my teenage years. I would consistently perform stage plays during my school and college days. Although I had an insatiable passion for acting during those days, I couldn’t get into the profession as I didn’t get proper opportunities. After my 45 years of age, I thought of giving it a try again, and decided to push myself ahead and prove my potential as an actor. Currently, I have acted in 35 movies, 40 ad commercials, and 5 web series. My film journey is pretty successful and is glad about it. 


*Your Life before embarking on a journey as an actor* 

Before getting into acting, I was involved in the profession of Group Installing in the Construction field. For a few years, I was doing business in Dubai. I came back to Tamil Nadu after 2010 and then decided to completely get involved in the cinema industry. The passion of becoming an actor alone brought me back here. Risk factors are present in every single profession and place. Even now, there are lots of risks involved in my acting profession, but we have to go for it. 

 *In the majority of the films in your career, you have appeared as a police officer.*

I really don’t know the reason. Sometimes, Tamil has stereotyped me in this respective role. Whenever there is a role involving a police officer or commissioner role, I become their first preference and they instantly zero on Ajith Koshy. To be honest, many technicians have saved my contact name as Commissioner Ajith Koshy on their mobile phones. 

They approach me for the commissioner role feeling that I would be perfect for it. So far, I haven’t rejected any offers, and I keep giving my best in my performances. Maybe, after consistently watching my performance, directors, and producers might give me a few more challenging roles, and that belief keeps me pushing ahead. I am looking forward to acting in village-based roles with traditional shirt dhoti looks. 


*Any roles that you have done so far, which remain close to your heart?* 

I had performed a villain role in a web series that featured Nandha sir in the lead role, and I really liked it a lot. The second season of this series is all set for premiere shortly. I later acted in Vishal sir’s ‘Veerame Vaagai Soodum’. My character in this movie was liked and appreciated by all. Later, I was a part of the web series Suzhal which had a great opening worldwide and garnered appreciation for my performance. Witnessing my performance in this series, I started getting more opportunities in the Hindi web series. All credit goes to Pushkar and Gayathri for giving me a great chance to be a part of this series. 

*What kind of roles would you like to perform?* 

Every actor has pros and cons. Many have told me that my body language and looks are the major positives that makes me look befittingly perfect for the roles of a stylish villain and corporate villain. I would like to act in such roles. Apart from police officer roles, I would like to perform villain characters, which I can deliver easily. Besides, I also have the ability to deliver dark comedy, but I have not any such offers till now. If I get such an opportunity, audiences too will see me in a unique dimension. The duty of an actor is to explore the potential in any given role, and I am curiously waiting for such offers. 


*You’re a part of many Hindi and Malayalam movies as well. What is the experience of working in different regional industries?* 

Every industry has a unique process and their approaches are different. Hindi Industry owns more professionalism, and the scene paper will be ready in our respective caravan before we arrive. Malayalam cinema is quite unique and different. In a similar way, Tamil cinema is unique and special in its own way. 


*Tell us about dubbing in your voice for other languages too*

Malayalam is my mother tongue, and I am fluent in Tamil and Hindi as well. This helps me dub in my own voice for all these languages. More than dubbing for myself, many approach me to dub for other actors, especially for corporate characters as they have to speak multiple languages. They feel that my voice would be apt for dubbing. However, I have to first register myself in the dubbing union. Only then, I would be officially able to dub for movies. I desire to get it accomplished this year. 

 *Have you ever thought about not getting major roles in movies?*

Of course, I feel disappointed and worried about it. The career of actors and cricketers are the same. A Test would change the career of an actor, and similarly, when acting in any given role with complete dedication, one fine day, actors might get noticed for their work, and be given big opportunities. I am keeping my fingers crossed with such hopes. 


*Is there any onscreen character of yours that you thought would garner more attention, but didn’t?* 

I played Jai’s father in the movie ‘Pattampoochi’ starring Sundar C and Jai as the lead characters. It was a different role indeed. 

 *About your current projects…*

Talks are going on to be part of a movie produced by director Pa. Ranjith and directed by Athiyan Athirai. Furthermore, preparations are going to be a part of actor Rahman’s Pan-Indian web series. Besides, a few more movie projects are in pipeline. 


*What do you think cinema is missing out on with stereotypes?*

Instead of stereotyping a particular actor, exploring and recognizing his potential and capabilities, and giving him the perfect roles will make a big difference in a movie. The film gets more chances to achieve success. It would be really great if contemporary directors stop stereotyping actors, and give them characters according to their talents, the respective movies will get appreciated for perfect casting. 


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