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Ashwin Kakumanu interview: ‘Tamil cinema is family-owned’

As he gears up to play a historical character in Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan, Ashwin Kakumanu discusses the momentous journey that has brought him thus far

One of the finest filmmakers in Tamil cinema, Mani Ratnam knows how to draw out the best of transformations from his actors — performance and appearance-wise.

Ashwin Kakumanu, near unrecognisable from the clean-shaven police officer we knew in Venkat Prabhu’s Mankatha (2011), and who recently confirmed his participation in Ratnam’s upcoming period film — Ponniyin Selvan, knows what the implication is.

“I look like a ruffian” is what he told filmmaker Nandini Reddy when she brought him on board for a Telugu-language Netflix film, starring Amala Paul and Jagapathi Babu — shot on a premise similar to the Lust Stories

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