Nasser, the character-actor par excellence, has said that Indians in general and Tamils in particular need not make a huge ‘hue and cry’ about receiving/not receiving Oscar awards as those awards are mainly intended for Americans. “Why should we lose our sleep about the awards; what’s the need for us to aim and secure those awards?” he asked.
Nasser was taking part in a book-fair held at Erode a few days back. Yesteryear’s hero and today’s character actor Rajesh also took part in the event. The organizers of the Book Fair had made arrangements for Nasser to chat and interact with the readers who had thronged the venue. Replaying to queries from the readers and his fans, Nasser was at his oratorical best when commenting about Indians’ fascination about the Oscar awards.
“Cine-artistes in Tamil Nadu and India seem to be talking too much about the Academy (Oscar) awards. First of all, let’s make our minds clear about this: it’s just an award instituted by the U.S. Govt. to be given away to films made by companies which are registered firms in U.S. Does any other foreigner (other than India) regrets about not receiving those awards?
“Certainly not; why should we then bother our heads about it? As far as I’m concerned, we are paying too much attention about getting/not getting Oscar awards. Sivaji Ganesan, the legendary actor who re-wrote the face of Tamil films, never got any award for ‘best actor’; what does it mean? Does it in any way take away his deeds and achievements?
“For the past four years, I’m penning a book about acting and the nuances of it. I’m sure it would be beneficial to the whole society. Once veteran K. Balachander asked me why shouldn’t I get my name changed as ‘Nasser’ was too short; though he is a director who produced legends such as Kamal and Rajini, I politely told him that I didn’t want to change the name given to me by my parents,” concluded Nasser.