Prasanna Venkatesan feels that an actor should accept commercial roles only after having enough experience and confidence that audiences is ready to accept him in such a avatar.
"It's a misconception that anybody can do a commercial film after two or three hits. You can tread that path only if you have years of experience and large fan following. People should be ready to accept you in such roles before you even attempt them," Prasanna told IANS.
Prasanna is known for playing offbeat roles in Tamil films such as Anjathe, Achchamundu Achchamundu, Baana Kathadi and Muran. In his decade-long career, Prasanna hasn't attempted doing commercial roles. He has played negative characters in few films, but not a single commercial venture so far.
"I believe in step-by-step process. I can only get there with time and with lot of good films in my career. Take any superstar of today and you will realise that these actors didn't become mass heroes overnight... I still have a lot of time," he added.
He was even nominated for Filmfare award for his negative role in Anjathe. "I don't see what's wrong in playing negative roles because it's just another character at the end of the day. Take Prakash Raj sir for instance, he has played all kind of roles and people love him. He chased Trisha like a maniac in Ghilli and also a played a doting father to her in Abhiyum Naanum few years later," he said.
"What matters is whether you're playing a role to perfection or not. It doesn't matter what role you're playing as an actor," Prasanna added.
Prasanna is currently awaiting the release of Tamil films Kalyana Samayal Saadham and Netru Indru and Telugu film Bhai.