Main image via Facebook Haridhass
This November, our Star of The Month is an actor who got his start in showbiz in 2003, and in Malaysian telemovie, Prana.
Meet Haridhass. The Malaysian man is a dancer, actor, and a professional photographer, who has acted in more than 50 TV series, telemovies, and artistic dance performances. Now onto something even more impressive. While many local talents have been trying to make a name for themselves in Tamil Nadu’s Tamil movie industry, Haridhass is one who has succeeded. He has played the role of a villain in Nee, Naan, Nizhal with Sarathkumar, and was recently in Ippadai Vallum, taking on a supporting role alongside Udhayanidhi Stalin.
Image via Facebook Haridhass
Taking a break from all the filming, he recently sat down with us for a chat…
Tell us a little about yourself, your family, and how you got started in acting.
My name is Haridhass Selvaraju. I was born in Teluk Intan, Perak, and I’m the youngest among three brothers. In 1988, my family moved to Johor Bahru, where I completed my secondary school education. Then, I moved to Singapore for work and stayed there till 2001. Following that, I made my home in KL, where I continued pursuing my career as a dancer—just like what I did in Singapore under the Rameshwara dance group.
What was the first character that you played? What was the experience like?
I starred in my first Tamil DVD movie, Prana, in 2003. Not many know this, but the movie is actually the first Tamil DVD movie in Malaysia! I played the lead character, who is both the hero and villain. Although this was my first acting experience, I wasn’t shy of the camera seeing that, at that time, I was already used to dancing in front of cameras.
What is the best Malaysian movie you’ve watched (not including your movies, of course)?
Vennira Iruvagal, directed by Prakash, will always be my favourite as it’s beautifully scripted and shot. It’s a beautiful love story.
Who in showbiz do you look up to as a source of inspiration?
The one and only Ulaganayagan Kamal Haasan. The thing I love the most about him is his general knowledge. He has introduced so many new concepts to Indian cinema. Give me five minutes with the legend, and I’ll be the happiest man on earth!
If your life story was made into a movie, who would you want to play you?
First of all, I don’t think I’m great enough for people to want to make a movie about me. But if it’s true, I’d like Yuvaraj from Venpa, Sarish d7, and G Crack, to play me. I see a lot of me in them.
Whenever you get a few minutes break on set, how do you spend it?
I always use that time to think about my next scene, and read scripts. During shoots, my focus is all on the movie. I want to give my best.
What do you do when you’re not busy acting?
I’m a professional photographer, and I have my own event photography and video shooting company.
What else do you do for fun?
I love to watch movies especially those from the 80’s and 90’s.
In regards to your personal life and career, where do you see yourself in three years?
I’m not the type of person who plans so far ahead of time. I do what I’m supposed to do now. I always believe life is a chain reaction—if you do something right at this moment, then the positivity will find its way back to you. So whatever I’m doing now, I want to do it with honesty, because I know there’s good in it.