Appukutty From a hotel cleaner to National award winning actor

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Saturday, Mar 17, 2012

Appukutty From a hotel cleaner to National award winning actor

Sivabalan, better known as Appukutty, is a recognized artist these days and won the National Award for the best supporting actor for his neat performance in Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai (ASK).

It is very hard to believe that he was doing hotel cleaning work before he rose to fame with his sheer hard work, determination and perseverance.

It was not a cake for the man who had been trying to gain an entry into films for a period of 17 to 18 years.

He gives all the credit to the Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu (VKK) movie and its director Suseenthiran.

He says,"I did many small roles in various movies but it was VKK that fetched me recognition. I'll always remain grateful to director Suseenthiran for that."

"I always wanted to become a comedian and i realized my potential from a scene", said Appu.

What is that one scene?

"One scene in VKK was cheered a lot by audiences. Audiences of all ages cheered for me when i hit my mother-in-law during a village festival and i think it left quite an impression among them", recollects the humble actor who moved to Chennai 18 years ago not to become an actor but to find a work and to survive.

The hotel, which gave him the initial life, was frequented by film personalities and got him few chances. It was in one such meeting that director Suseenthiran recognized the talents of Sivabalan and roped him in VKK and gave him the character and named him "appukutty" which changed his life.

According to latest information, Appukutty has booked for a Maruti Suzuki Swift and waiting with excitement for its arrival.

Of course its his first indulgence after a long wait and he deserves that.

We at tamilstar.com wish you that you go places and attain greater heights both in life and career!

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