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"I'm a complete actor," Nasser

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All will agree that Tamil actor Nasser has a special screen image among audiences, often cited as one of the specialist character actors in India like Om Puri, Mammootty, Mohanlal, Nana Patekar and Kamal Hassan. We could also say he is a 'one-man industry', handling almost all genres in cinema. He is a well-known artist, a great director, producer, distributor, writer, lyricist and even a good singer.

While most of his counterparts in the industry are content doing specific-genre roles in movies, Nasser selects roles based solely on his date availability without restricting himself to any one type of role. Why? "Because I'm not handicapped; I believe I'm a complete actor," he stresses.

"Passion for the medium comes later; shooting for a film is a big responsibility first. One has to finish one's work within the deadline and make life easy for the director and the producer - that's the primary responsibility of an actor," he adds. So, he has no dream roles. "I don"t dream; I only plan."

Work finds top priority for the versatile actor once he's on the sets. The awards he has won in many categories, like the best actor award, the best villain and more recently, the best supporting role, are testomony to his hard word and tremendous acting skills.

Nasser will soon be seen onscreen in En Kadhalin Devathai, Panchamritam, Magane En Magane, Aegan and Poi Solla Porom among others. He is also working on a script for which shooting should begin next year.

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