Shiv Pandit ecstatic after landing lead role in Tamil movie

Last Updated: May 25, 2011, 13:44 PM IST

Mumbai: TV actor Shiv Pandit is on a new high after bagging a lead role in Tamil film ‘Leelai’ and says he is perhaps the first male outsider to get such an important chance in a Tamil movie.

"I have done a lead role in Tamil film called `Leelai`. It is produced by a very famous Oscar Ravichandran, who produced Kamal Hasan`s `Dashavatar`. I must be the first outsider who made his debut as a lead actor in down south," Shiv told reporters.

"Normally, girls from outside get a break there. Heroes are normally from there (Tamil movie industry). When I was given an opportunity where such a big producer was launching me, it was big thing for me," he added.

The actor will also be seen in a lead role in producer Anurag Kashyap and director Bejoy Nambiar`s ‘Shaitan’, coming out June 10.

A romantic comedy, ‘Leelai’ is directed by Andrew Vasanth Louis and another popular television actor Mansi Parekh, currently seen in the title role in Star Plus` show ‘Gulaal’, plays the female lead in the film.

"It`s a rom-com. I had been launched as a lead over there. The girl opposite me is Mansi. She is also from Mumbai," said the 29-year-old actor.

Asked how the role came to him, Shiv said: "I did an ad for Airtel and it became very popular there. Then they sort of liked me and auditioned me. They really needed a fresh face and I was signed. When such a big producer approached me, my obvious answer was `yes`," he said.

Shiv started his career on television with Sab TV`s comedy show ‘F.I.R’ where he played a corrupt cop.

The release date of ‘Leelai’ is yet to be decided but it`s expected sometime in June or July.