Mahat Raghavendra, who is a close friend of Simbu aka STR, has spoken about his friendship with the ‘Manmadhan’ actor that takes back to their childhood.
In an interview with actor-filmmaker Manobala, the ‘Mankatha’ and ‘Jilla’ actor said, “Simbu and I were childhood friends. I used to accompany him to shoots. I also watched him edit and compose music.”
He added: “I was drawn to it and was inspired by him. Soon I began taking acting and dance classes. Eventually, I began looking for acting opportunities. Simbu then cast me in a friend role in Vallavan. I was again looking for opportunities.”
On ‘Mankatha’, he said, “Daya (Dayanidhi Alagiri) knew the kind of hardwork I put in, and suggested my name to Venkat Prabhu. Initially, Mankatha was a film about four boys. Venkat saw me and cast me as one of the boys. Later, Ajith sir came on board and it became a bigger film. In fact, when I got to know this, I cried to Dhaya and thanked him for roping me in for the film.”
On working with Ajith, he said, “I don’t come from a filmy background. I am thankful to my friends. When I got an opportunity to work with Ajith sir, I was very happy. He said that he, too, entered the industry like me, as a young guy, with no background. He gave me a lot of hope and positivity. He told me that I will come up in the industry. And that sort of gave me the push that I should never give up on the industry or my career.”