I will break social taboos: Ganesh Venkatraman

By NT Bureau Published on Jul 02, 2018 03:40 PM IST

Remember the Bigg Boss season one's contestant Ganesh Venkatraman? The one who was called the most genuine and credible contestant by the people in the first season of the reality show?

Yes. The celebrity star, besides acting in multi-lingual movies have now been announced as south India's official brand ambassador for Harpic.

As the announcement came today morning, News Today caught with the actor for an interview.

Excerpts from his interview

Q: How do you see this opportunity as the brand ambassador of Harpic?

A: When compared to the previous campaign, this time it has got bigger for Harpic. Our education system talks about cleanliness but in real life people do not even appreciate such things. I love the concept of Swachh Bharat that encourages the citizens of our nation to promote clean India. My concern for surrounding grew a lot with this campaign and I was pro-active with many environmental events.

The campaign will drive a behaviour change. I have travelled across the nation and have found how women suffer due to lack of toilet.

My wife Nisha encountered some urinary problem due to absence of proper toilet at some shooting spots.

Once, she had to continuously shoot for a serial in the forest area, where there was no caravan with toilet facility due to which she got infection.

So as a celebrity I want to talk about sanitation and break the taboo. Another taboo is the art of cleaning toilet. Mostly, women are associated with cleaning toilet. This also has to be broken.

Q: How Bigg Boss changed your life?

A: It has opened various windows for me.  I think, people loved me a lot for who I am in the show. They found me a genuine person. This recognition helped me in endorsing various social issues. I take this love in a very responsible way.

Q: What are your forthcoming movies?

A: I am working with director Selvaraghavan for a thriller movie, which highlights an important social issue. I am playing the role of doctor in it.

My another movie is with Prithviraj and Parvathy, 'My story' will be released this month, directed by debutant Dinakar. It talks about dynamics of human relationships. There are more in the pipeline.

Q: Your acted with Kamal Haasan in Unnai Pol Oruvan and taking part in Bigg Boss, hosted by him. Tell us about your journey with him.

A: Kamal sir is my inspiration right from my childhood. He is very outspoken. While acting with him, I found that he is not only an actor but an institution by himself. There is no department in cinema that he doesn't know. He is a perfectionist. In Bigg Boss, he become the representative of people. This show is beyond entertainment. Even in real life, he is the first south Indian actor to pick up the broom and clean the lakes.

Q: Some words about Bigg Boss 2?

A: I followed Bigg Boss season 2 for the first two days. Then due to my schedules I was not able to watch the other episodes. But still, I would say the contestants need to be genuine and be the way they are.