He is neither Mamootty nor Mohanlal but Jagadish, who, with his comic timing and wit, has made his way into the hearts of Malayali film buffs through the over 300 films he’s acted in. The comedian, who started off as a commerce lecturer, is now turning director and doesn’t hide his ambitions of a political career.
Though the seasoned actor is eyeing politics, when he will make an entry is still a closely guarded secret.
“My entry into politics will take place at an appropriate time and once I am there, it would be a full-time job,” Jagadish said in an interview.
“Look, I began my career as a commerce college lecturer in the early 1980s. Soon I joined the film industry and initially, I doubled as a college teacher and an actor for three years. When I found that I wasn’t doing justice to my role as a teacher, I decided to call it a day and turned full-time actor,” the actor said at the shooting location of his latest film Uppukandam Brothers-Back in Action on the outskirts of the capital city.
And asked about his party affiliations, he did not give a direct reply but said that during his college days he had been a very active member of the Kerala Students Union (KSU), the student wing of the Congress party in Kerala.
“I have contested numerous elections in my college days and it was always under the banner of KSU,” he said.
Jagadish, who entered Malayalam films with a minor role in 1984 film My Dear Kuttichathan, has acted in more than 300 movies over the last 26 years. While he has played the lead role in 40 films, he has scripted a dozen films too including Mazha Peyyunnu Maddalam Kottunnu and Minda Poochakku Kalyanam.
Talking more politics, the veteran actor said he would like to be a politician like the lead character he played in Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans.
“Of course, I assure people that if I ever become a politician, I would be like to be like the character I played in that film,” he said.
Jagadish is well versed with the key issues in Kerala politics and is quick to point the flaws of the ruling Left government headed by VS Achuthanandan.