Most Desirable Man On Television 2019: Kavin
You’ve been chosen as the Chennai Times Most Desirable Man On Television 2019. How does that feel?
I have been keeping a track of the desirable coverage for the last couple of years. Last year, my friend Vijay had won and I’d wished him, too. In the main list, namma thala Anirudh had won. This time, I am surprised to see my name on the list. It makes me happy that I am part of something that boasts big names. See, when you are in the media, you would always want to be a part of such lists or award nominations, right? In that sense, I felt like I made it. But when you told me that I’ve been chosen as the Most Desirable Man on Television 2019, I honestly thought you were playing a prank. But I am glad that I’ve been chosen for the top slot. This is more like a reminder to push myself more and work hard consistently… to be responsible and sincere with my work.
Do you see yourself as a desirable man?
The idea of being desirable changes from person to person. If you’ve seen me in the show, I mostly stuck to wearing shorts and veshti. I think people could relate to me. But I should say that I felt intimidated doing this shoot (laughs). I don’t wear a suit even for a friend’s marriage. Namakku veshti dhaan… I am a quintessential Tamil paiyyan.
You think that’s why women like you?
I think so. They like my humour and I guess they admire my boy-next-door appeal. Naan paaka yaaro anniyama theriyala. I’ve become active on social media only now, but most of the comments I get for the posts are heartwarming. They call me anna or thambi. They don’t see me as an artiste.
But you seem to have a massive female fan following, too…
Who doesn’t enjoy such attention? We are in the acting business and it only warms your heart when you have a huge fan following. I do get a lot of comments from women for my social media posts. When I am out, some of them take pictures and selfies with me. It’s nice.
Even though you have done TV shows, it was Bigg Boss that put you on the pedestal…
Well, yes. To be a part of the show was an experience of a lifetime.You get to meet 15 or 16 people and lead your life without phone or books. Even if you plan this, it won’t happen. As humans, you usually live within a boundary… a comfort zone. I wanted to break that shell and see what happens. Though I was reclusive initially, I became my usual self over time. I learnt many things, met new people and made friends, too. I didn’t care about what was happening outside. This is not a dance or music reality show, where one needs to plan. Just like how I cry, laugh, fight with my friends and family outside, I lived my life in the same manner inside the house. I felt as if I was back in college.
But you went through some tough times, too. They also branded you a flirt…
The first thing I did once I got back from the show was to ask my athai ponnunga about my behaviour. They said that I behaved the same way inside the house, as I do outside with them. I wanted to entertain and keep all those 15 people happy. It became a problem because it was shown on TV. But audiences took it too seriously… They liked me while playing Saravanan (in Saravanan Meenatchi) a flirty, fun guy, but not when I did it as Kavin. I usually don’t regret any of my decisions, but, if there is something at all, it is perhaps my behaviour in the house.
What was the biggest take away for you?
That I didn’t change myself for anything or anyone. Like I mentioned in the show, I didn’t want to win the title. I used this more like a platform to recharge myself. I thought I went offline as I had no releases for a while and wanted people to remember me. But I am glad to hear from my friends that I remained myself and didn’t put up an act in any situation.
How about your relationship status? Are you seeing someone?
I am single.
But what do you think about the concept of love?
Hmm… a lot has changed. The kind of love that I believed in when I was in school and college is different from what I think of it now. Back then, I simply wanted to settle down with a nice Trichy girl. But now, it’s different. Usually, we say that a relationship without expectations is friendship. I think that applies to love as well. Love thrives if we can accept someone the way they are and don’t expect anything in return. It should be unconditional, honest and trustworthy.
You sound like a die-hard romantic…
I am a die-hard romantic! If I love someone, I will go any extreme to make her happy. I will look out for those small things that she would have liked as a child and forgotten. I will ask her friends or family about those tiny details and surprise her at unexpected moments. It is filmy, but I am like that.
So, what turns you on in a woman?
Eyes. That’s perhaps the first thing I notice in a woman. I also like women, who are simple and independent.
What is a relationship no-no?
Lack of trust!
Do you believe in marriage?
I really don’t know. Marriage is a part of our culture. I know couples who are happily married for over a decade, and those who’ve gotten divorced in six months. Married or not, all that matters is love.
So, who according to you are the most desirable man and woman in the industry, today?
I am a big Thala fan. He is extremely good looking and rocks the salt-and-pepper look like nobody else. In Viswasam, he went all out with grey. He presented himself just the way he is and sported the look with confidence. Among female stars, I am an all-time Trisha fan. In Bigg Boss, there was a task that involved us taking up the role of a cinema character. Now, Trisha had shared an Insta story of a contestant’s (Losliya) 96 Jaanu’s portrayal. I appear for a nanosecond in that video. My friends told me about this and saved the video for me. My happiness knew no bounds. I am certain that Trisha doesn’t know me, but amazingly, I got be a part of that video.
So, what’s up, next?
Well, I am doing a film now. The official announcement will be made soon. I got some film offers before I went inside the house. I made a list of people who I wanted to work with. Once I got out, I went to those same people for films. I want to do films that are entertaining.
Take three with Kavin
Your desirable feature?
I think it’s my laugh. People would have seen on TV… I laugh wholeheartedly.
What’s the craziest rumour you’ve heard about yourself?
Once I got back from the BB house, I saw this video about how I live. Apparently, I live in a bungalow, earn rupees 2lakh per month, am married and settled with two kids. I wanted this to be true. My life would be set, no?
One relationship advice you’ll give others…
Nobody should come in between two people who are in love. Just listen to them when they are going through tough times — and do that without judging them. That’s the biggest gift you can give them.
Top 20 Desirable Men on TV of 2019
|Rank 2019||HOTTIES||GAINERS/LOSERS IN 2019||Rank 2018|
|2||Mugen Rao||New Entrant||–|
|4||Tharshan Thiyagarajah||New Entrant||–|
|9||Kumaran Thangarajan||New Entrant||–|
|12||Puvi Arasu Muthusamy||–||12|
|15||R Shyam||New Entrant||–|
|16||Sibbu Suryan||New Entrant||–|
|17||Akshay Kamal||New Entrant-|
|18||Arun Prasath||New Entrant||–|