Prashant, 30, is one of the most successful young actors in the Tamil film industry. Among the films he has acted in is Jeans, opposite Aishwarya Rai. He spoke to Shobha Warrier.
How important is it for you to vote?
As an Indian, I feel it is very important. In fact, I feel everybody should vote. By voting, you decide not only the fate of the nation, but your fate too. If the nation is feeling good, you also will feel good. I have been voting without fail.
What do you look for in a candidate?
I look at his past record. I look at what he has done for society, for the community and the country. I also look at which party he belongs to. I listen to what he is promising to the nation.
Do you think politics is dirty?
I don't think politics is dirty. For that matter, you take any profession and you can say it is dirty in some way or the other. You have even doctors who work for money. If there are bad people among engineers, doctors, lawyers, etc, you can't say all doctors, engineers and lawyers are bad, and these professions are dirty.
The problem is we only had politicians; we never had statesmen. Politicians work for their party, while statesmen work for the nation. I think we should have more statesmen in our country.