Actor Vivek, who is once again getting busy in the Tamil film industry, has opened up about today's comedians, in an interview to Times of India.
Talking about his favourites among current comedians, the veteran has said, "I like Robo Shankar, he evokes laughter, he has a unique body language and style. I loved all scenes of his in 'Maari'. I also like 'Mottai' Rajendran; he is very talented. But I don't think it is fair of me to compare their performances.
Vadivelu and I made inroads into the industry when the Goundamani-Senthil duo was ruling the roost. When both of us were indisputable kings in the business, others started cementing their positions. I can't say that I don't like the performance of a particular actor in today's lot.
Who knows, Goundamani might not have liked my performance when I was becoming popular. But in our generation, comedians were blessed with numerous scenes, which left an ever-lasting impression."
Vivek feels there is a dearth of comedians in the industry right now as many of them are turning heroes.
"Now, there is a scarcity of comedians in the industry as many are turning heroes. There is nothing wrong in trying to be a hero, or attempting any other role, or trying out other fields. At the end of the day, makkal theerpe magesan theerpu," he has said.
He also feels that being a comedian in today's Tamil cinema is quite a challenge as the run-time of movies have reduced drastically, making it difficult for comedians to have enough screen space.
"Playing a full-fledged comedian in the current limitations of a commercial film has become a challenge. Comedians have to entertain the audience within a stipulated time. It is not possible to explain what we intend to convey in a detailed manner. This can only be done in films where comedians are the protagonists," he has explained.
Photo courtesy: Vivek's Twitter page.