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Jigarthanda Double X star Raghava Lawrence on Ajith: 'If not for him, wouldn't have been an actor'

Lawrence shot to limelight after his appearance in the dance number Maha Ganapathi in Ajith's Amarkalam

Jigarthanda Double X star Raghava Lawrence on Ajith: 'If not for him, wouldn't have been an actor'
Ajith; (right) Raghava Lawrence

Last Updated: 05.12 PM, Nov 05, 2023


Raghava Lawrence is awaiting the release of his upcoming film with SJ Suryah, titled Jigarthanda Double X. The film, which is helmed by Karthik Subbaraj, is a spiritual successor to the 2014 action comedy, which starred Siddharth and Bobby Simha. Raghava Lawrence plays an actor in Jigarthanda Double X, who is all set to star in a Pandyaa western story.

Raghava Lawrence credits Ajith for his acting innings
During the promotions of the film, when Raghava Lawrence was speaking about his acting career, he said that he wouldn't be in front of the camera if not for Ajith. Raghava Lawrence shot to the limelight after he grooved to the song Mahaganapathi in Ajith and Saran's Amarkalam (1999).

Reminiscing the song, Lawrence said, "I am not very close to Ajith and I don't want to lie about that. But if I am an actor today, it's because of him."

"Ajith sir could have easily danced to the whole song Mahaganapathi in Amarkalam as it was his film and he was a big star. During the initial discussions, Saran sir had said that Ajith sir would join me during the dance and that both of us will be dancing together. But I was dancing to the song alone. I asked Saran sir about it, and he said that because I danced well, Ajith wanted me to do the song on my own. The song was a massive hit. I would not have been on screen if not for Ajith nor would I have become an actor."

Lawrence's popular dance numbers
Lawrence went on to work in a number of songs, including Kedaikala Ponnum Onnum Kedakkala (Paarthen Rasithen), Manmadha Maasam (Paarthale Paravasam), Naan Ready Neenga Readya (Varushamellam Vasantham), Maya Maya (Baba), Subbamma (Rojakootam) to name a few.

He made his acting debut as a lead with Muni (2007), after which he appeared in Irumbukkottai Murattu Singam, Muni 2: Kanchana, Muni 3: Kanchana 2, Motta Siva Ketta Siva and Chandramukhi 2 to name a few.

Amarkalam, a sensational hit
romantic action film brought together real life couple Ajith and Shalini, for the first time on screen. The star cast included Raghuvaran, Radikaa Sarathkumar, Ambika, Nassar, Charlie and Ramesh Kanna to name a few.

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