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18 Jan 2021, Edition - 2015, Monday

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Coimbatore

Real hero from the reel world

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Little did Harish Uthaman, who worked as cabin crew with British Airways, realize that flying higher will become an inevitable part of his career.

Having completed his Bachelor of Corporate Secretaryship at the GRD College of Arts and Science, this native of Coimbatore found himself a job as cabin crew with Paramount Airways in 2005. He served for two years and joined British Airways as cabin crew. He quit the job in 2007 and entered the world of films as an actor with his debut movie, ‘Thaa.’ “This was a low budget Tamil movie that received above-average reviews. But the movie won me the award for the best newcomer at the Norway Tamil Film Festival held at Olso, Norway,” Harish tells us. In this movie he played the role of Surya. He grew his beard for five months to star in this role. He also had to tan his skin, for which he applied oil and sat under the sun.

The very next film, ‘Gouravam’ by director Radhamohan saw Harish turn villain. The role clicked, and he began getting offers from various other directors. The boy from Coimbatore went on to do films in Tamil, Malayalam, and Telugu. ‘Pisasu,’ ‘Power,’ ‘Pandiya Naadu,’ ‘Mumbai Police,’ and ‘Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka’ are some of the films that Harish has acted in, till date. If offered a good role in Kannada, Harish is ready to make his entry in Sandalwood as well.

A very choosy actor, Harish gives priority to quality rather than quantity. “In the movie ‘Paayum Puli,’ I played the role of Albert. The role is just ten minutes long, but I chose it because it is a powerful character in the movie,” Harish explains.

Harish has four films lined up for release in the near future. He is positive that his movies will do well. One thing that remains constant in this young actor’s life is his set of friends. “I’m an introvert by nature. But with the people I’m comfortable with I’m a chatterbox. Some of my friends have been with me from my college days. Nothing has changed between us,” Harish says.

He is still in touch with his mentor and guide Dr. Krishnakumar Ramachandran, Director, GRD College. “Even today when my movie releases, KKR Sir calls me and gives his feedback. He was my motivation during my college days and he continues to be my inspiration,” Harish concludes.

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