Jiiva has been around for a reasonable amount of time in Kollywood. The actor, son of noted producer R B Chaudhary, has done enough to be counted among the top stars in the Industry.
He has come a long way since his chocolate-boy days, having done a number of varied roles in his career he is now more than just another bankable performer.
His film Endrendrum Punnagai in which he pairs up with Trisha for the first time hit screens on Dec 20. The film is one of the most awaited movies of the season.
That apart, Jiiva is also part of cinematographer-turned-director Ravi K Chandran's Yaan in which he is paired opposite Tulasi Nair, younger daughter of yesteryear actress Radha.
Jiiva shared his thoughts in a free-wheeling interview about his career and his movies. Here are some excerpts.
It seems like you have had a pretty long gap since your last release. Does that make you nervous?
(Smiles) I don't think so. I had a release earlier this year (David) and now it is time for Endrendrum Punnagai to hit screens. I have been busy with my work too.
Tell us about Endrendrum Punnagai and how it has shaped up.
It is a romantic story with good songs and stunning visuals. I loved doing the movie and the director ensured that it was friendly on the sets. The presence of Santhanam perked up things.
You are known as a director's actor. What do you have to say about that?
(Smiles). I would take it as a compliment. Every film is a director's product and he does what is very best for the movie. I am happy being known as a 'director's actor' if that is going to contribute to a movie's success.
Multi-starrers have become a fad in Kollywood these days. Your thoughts.
It is a good trend. I was very happy to be part of Nanban, which was a great experience. It was fun working with Vijay and Srikanth and I look forward to many more such projects.
About working with Trisha for the first time.
It was a wonderful experience. I have known her for a long time now and it was a pleasure to be her co-star for the first time. Shooting for a rom-com is always fun and the team for Endrendrum... shared a wonderful rapport too.
Tell us about your other projects.
It has been a lovely experience shooting for Yaan with Ravi K Chandran and think it would be a big movie for me.
Things have been looking up for you since Ko. Where do you see yourself in Kollywood now?
I am very happy indeed. I must thank fans for their love and support and I hope to do varied roles and show my versatility. Acting is a continuous learning experience and I hope to keep learning new things as I go along and win praise for my performances.