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Chitchat with Dhanush by Y Sunita Chowdhary
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July 18, 2006

He's not very tall like those silver screen contemporaries and he has never been considered a pin-up boy. Instead, the actor paved the way for less conventionally good-looking talent and changed the way actors were perceived and what they were allowed to do. Right now Dhanush might not be a leading hero but he's definitely an exceptional one. We caught up with Dhanush while he was promoting his dubbed film "Preminchanu Ninne" in Hyderabad and were floored by his simplicity and down to earth attitude. Excerpts from a chat.

So how has the climb been?
When you look at an actor's graph or his success ratio you would definitely notice the ups and downs. I haven't been an exception. I was at a peak at a stage after giving three hits in a row. Then people started expecting more and now I'm going through this learning process of trying to deliver what they want.

Was acting always on your mind?
Not at all, I always wanted to be a marine engineer and ended up here in this show business. In fact my dad forced me to join movies. My brother (Selva Raghavan - director of 7G Brindavan Colony) was the most pampered one in the family and I was a bit ignored, not in the negative sense. He had a lion's share of attention from the family.

What is your current state of mind?
I've never had big ambitions, goals and I'm here in Hyderabad not to compete with any star and mind you I am not aiming to give a big hit or become a big star. I know I've got a long way to go and I'm only trying to reach out to a wider audience. I'm content.

About your most talked about film Jogi?
I've heard the film is a hit and I heard the script and it was really good. Watched the film too and felt I could do justice to the role, I would be right for it. It's about a relationship between a son and a mother. I am enthu about working in it.

Are you going to direct?
That's on my mind always. I know I can't match my brother Selva's quality but i will definitely make an effort to bring a difference. Before coming to the field, We were like any normal brothers fighting, playing games but we always had this parallel thinking. When it comes to our professional life, there is a lot more discipline and sense of responsibility.

When is Selva Raghavan marrying Sonia Agarwal?
I can't say that is nothing is happening between them and also I can't say if they are getting married. It's up to them to decide.

Finally tell us something about your wife and father-in-law?
Ours was a love marriage but given a choice I would actually marry Salma Hayek. Jokes apart, there's something childlike about Aishwarya and I liked this quality in her. Plus she understands me very well. We are having a baby on October 21st. And about my father-in-law, what we share is a father-son relationship...

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