Arvind Swamy the teenage heartthrob debuted as hero in the Maniratnam-directed Thalapathy in the early nineties. He followed it up with another super-hit venture with the same director in Roja and went on to star in significant hit films such as Marupadiyum,Bombay and Minsara Kanavu. The handsome hunk, however, didn’t continue for long in Tamil films and went on a self-imposed hiatus.
Father of a teenage girl and a boy, Arvind had lost shape but still retains the same charm which endeared him to the national audiences a couple of decades back. Obviously, scribes coming across (or bumping into) him nowadays have only one question in common: why the long break from the film industry which was badly in need of handsome heroes like him?
“ It can’t be termed as a ‘break’ as I haven’t yet decided to return to films in a full-fledged manner; I agreed to do Kadal mainly because Mani has been my mentor and the role offered to me was too tempting to resist. I had been busy making my family and bringing up my kids who have now reached a certain stage where they are quite capable of taking care of their needs (in the house) on their own.
“It doesn’t mean that I’d forget them and plunge myself back into the world of films. I took up Kadal for the depth of my character in it: not with an intention to try out my luck again in films. In all probability, after the release of Kadal, I might return to take care of my business interests all over again. There is also a possibility that I shall start my own (directorial) project in a few months’ time,” hits Swamy, with that ‘killer’ smile well in place.