Nassar on Oscars and his Name
Coming around as one among the distinct league that does not restrict themselves to on screen performance alone, actor Nassar is not only a well versed man in a variety of other knowledge, but also an individual keen on spreading this knowledge. Taking part in a book festival held in Erode, the actor held the mic last evening, for some thoughts.
He began sharing his knowledge on the internationally touted award – Oscar. “The Academy Awards is instituted in the America, to recognize and appreciate movies made in their own country. Nobody so far, have I come across, who was gunning for an Indian award of recognition and dejected because they can’t make it. Then I do not understand why this fetish for Oscars here. In general, we are a lot that yearns for awards. It is to be remembered that the legendary actor Sivaji Ganesan has not received the award for Best Actor. Then it does not make a point at all, whether or not the others do. Everybody is an unparalleled individual talent. I am writing a book on acting – I have been drafting it for four years now, and it should be ready for release soon. The book is aimed at being a good guide for the generations to come, on acting skills” he said.
Further, he recounted an incident he had with the veteran director Balachandar. “The ace director who has christened people like Rajinikanth, giving them a legendary career, had called me up once. Balachandar said that the name Nassar is too small, and that he would like that changed. But I refused. This is the name my parents chose for me with love, and I do not want to change it. So I humbly turned down the offer. I always follow my heart.”