Can’t say no to any role: Sudheesh, after winning first state award in 34 years

InterviewActor Sudheesh, who began as a child in the late ‘80s, has played many memorable characters, but got typecast for years.CrisThe top of the stone steps was higher than he’d have liked. Sudheesh, aged 14, stood there, looking at the...

Can’t say no to any role: Sudheesh, after winning first state award in 34 years
 
 
 
 
 
THE top of the stone steps was higher than he’d have liked. Sudheesh, aged 14, stood there, looking at the river below. Adoor Gopalakrishnan, the famed director, was standing patiently, waiting for him to jump.
 
In the days it took him to prepare for this day – his debut in acting – Sudheesh had learnt to swim. Adoor had asked him to, for Anantaram. But Sudheesh had not learnt to dive. From 9 in the morning to half-past three that afternoon, he stood in fear. And then he closed his eyes and jumped. He survived to tell the tale.
 
Thirty-four years later, Sudheesh won his first Kerala state award for acting.