Vadivelu never treated Santhanam as a competitor

On a comeback trail in Kollywood after more than 18 months, ace comedian Vadivelu has said that he didn’t consider anyone to be his serious competitor. Replying to media reports that Santhanam had ‘pipped’ him to land up a film producd by MLA Michael Rayappan, Vaidvelu says, “The film industry is like an ocean; anybody who is competent and confident enough can survive here!”

Vadivelu has a few bigges up his sleeve on his comeback innings including Africavil Vadivelu by none other than K.S. Ravikumar and Cimbudevan’s sequel to the hightly successful Imsai Arasan… These films have not only brightened his chances of making a successful comeback but have also gladdened the hearts of the fans of the comedian who had been sorely missing on big screen all these days.

“I’m my only competitor…I never treated Santhanam, or for that matter, any fellow comedian, as my competitor…,” are Vadivelu’s watchful words. Reports say that the Madurai-born Vadivelu has been signed up to star in as many as 4 films out of which he’d be essaying the title role in at least two of them.

“I haven’t quit films altogether but was only on a self-imposed break…I’m still in films and am about to make a comeback with renewed vigour. I found time to watch so many new films and catch up on old friends and close relatives whose house I haven’t had time to visit in recent years. Wherever I went, I found my fans asking me about my absence from films and as everybody knew the answer, I didn’t elaborate.

“The break helped me a great deal in understanding what life is all about and whom to trust. I was, however, in constant touch with some directors, script-writers and a few actors. I feel I don’t have any political compulsions to accept or reject films. I’d be busy with my film projects from now on and hope to entertain audiences and my fans as much as possible,” concludes Vadivelu.

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