Jigarthanda's iconic villain speaks about films and personal life in a candid chat with Bollywoodlife
Post Jigarthanda, there is not one person who doesn’t know Assault Sethu. Bobby Simha played the role so well that it’s character that is strongly etched in everyone’s minds. The success of Jigarthanda has put Bobby Simha on cloud nine and he is gearing up for his next release, Aadama Jaichomada. Bobby had a passion for cinema even as a child and later joined Koothu-P-Pattarai in Chennai to hone his acting skills. Speaking exclusively to Bollywoodlife, Bobby Simha talks about hosting the audio launch of Shankar’s magnum opus I, movies and more…
The audio launch of Shankar’s I was your first programme as host. How was the experience?
I was extremely nervous. My confidence was a little shaky but I felt I could pull it off. Vikram spoke to me - he said he had seen Jigarthanda and that I had acted really well in the film. I was very happy.
You were the soul of Jigarthanda and essayed the role really well. Is there a fear you may never get a better role? Definitely – there’s a big question mark! After Assault Sethu, I do have that question. But the answer lies in the future. So let’s see.
Did you struggle to get into films?
I had my share of struggles just like everyone else who aspires to be in films. I came to Chennai in 2005 into the industry. Step by step I got my breaks. I must thank Karthik Subbaraj. I must also thank Kalaignar TV who gave people like us a platform in Naalaya Iyakunar. Every day was a lesson – you may meet the wrong people and make the wrong moves. Everything is a learning process. But the success of Jigarthanda is just the beginning. I want to achieve more. I want to be the first Bobby Simha in the industry!
You must be getting a lot of offers post this film…
Yes, I am getting a lot of offers. I’m playing the lead role and making sure I sign good stories. I am choosing different genres for all my films at this point – different kind of films from the ones I have done earlier. I’m looking at the content. As an actor, you need to prepare for each and every role. You need to have confidence that you can play the role. For Assault Sethu, I prepared for the role for about four months. Director Karthik Subbaraj had etched it really well. In Aadama Jaichomada, I play a cop called Bhoominathan and I have prepared and essayed the role accordingly. I don’t want to get typecast in negative roles. I will never do another role like Assault Sethu. I want to do a variety of roles. I want to work with all the directors in the industry. There’s something to learn from every director and everyday is a learning process. I want to play roles that the audience likes and be a person they like.
Any one film that has affected your life?
Mullum Malarum. There is one dialogue in the movie that I listen to whenever I am feeling low and it cheers me up. When Kali says, “Rendu kai, rendu kaal ponakuda, kali angarava polachikava, sir.” When I hear that my confidence level just goes up.
Tell us about your upcoming release Aadama Jaichomada.
The movie is based on cricket and match-fixing but what happens behind the scenes. It’s shown in a very entertaining fashion. I play a cop called Bhoominathan – a serious, intelligent cop but with a comic touch.
You play the hero in Uru Meen…
Yes, Uru Meen is a thriller-cum-action film. It’s based on a real incident. It’s directed by Sakthivel Perumalsamy. The story is about a guy who comes to Chennai and gets into problems and how he gets out of those issues.
You’re single; dating anyone right now?
(Laughs) No, I just hang out with my guy friends! In fact, sometimes we doint even get entry into pubs because we are stags. If I am not with them, then I am home. My niece is at home so I spend time with her.
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