Adorable dad of Tamil cinema

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Wednesday, Jun 15, 2016

Adorable dad of Tamil cinema

Raja Senthil, a graduate from Madras Film Institute waited for long to make it as actor. Came Oru Naal Koothu to fulfill his dream. He played the father of Nivetha in a significant role in the movie which came in for considerable praise.

Interestingly, Raja Senthil, who hails from Kalavai near Kancheepuram, his major break in the industry was he worked as executive producer in several movies. Says Raja Senthi, 'I did my acting course at the Film Institute in 1990 and was dreaming to make a mark in Tamil cinema.

But reality is different. After completing my graduation, the scenario in Tamil cinema was different. I was not considered mainly for the reason that I had very fair skin.

However, I got an opportunity to play the lead in Kaalamellam Kadhal Vazhaga and I was even introduced by director Balu to the producer Sivasakthi Pandiyan — but somehow it didn’t work out,'he says.

When his peers from the institute on the technical side like Jayam Raja, Sirutthai Siva, Bommarillu Bhaskar and others got busy with films, Senthil didn’t want to waste time. He quickly grabbed several television serial offers.

'Later, I joined SP Charan’s production house and worked on the production of many of his ventures like Mazhai, Chennai-28, and Aaranya Kaandam. It gave me a lot of experience.

I then shifted gears and worked in the graphics department for films like Nippu, Sainikkudu, etc,' he adds.  His passion towards acting did not reduce. 'I knew Nelson, the director of ONK from my institute days.

He asked if I could do the role of the heroine’s dad, even though I was slightly apprehensive about it. Nelson insisted that I should do it. Today I am getting appreciation from all quarters', concludes. 

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