The actor Abbas, who was once adored in Tamil cinema as a romantic hero, has been out of the business for close to eight years. He made the decision to leave the spotlight behind and emigrated to New Zealand with his family. Abbas made a quick ascent to heartthrob status in the film industry before experiencing a subsequent downturn. He went from playing the lead in well-liked Tamil films in just nine years after his debut to playing supporting roles.

The actor, who is rarely interviewed, recently spoke candidly on a variety of topics, including his battle with suicidal ideas as a teenager and the reasons he decided to temporarily withdraw from the film industry.

Although Abbas admitted to being a very private person, which accounts for his extended absence from social media, he added, “I made an exception during the Covid period. I called fans on Zoom while I was living in New Zealand to connect with them. My goal was to help individuals in need, especially those who were contemplating suicide.

“I could relate to those emotions since I’ve had personal experience with them. After failing the 10th grade, I went through a difficult time in my adolescence during which I thought about killing myself. Those sentiments were made more intense by my girlfriend’s leaving at the moment. But something fundamental happened that changed me. I was pondering running in front of a speeding car when I saw a passing driver and realized that, if I followed my inclinations, it would also have a significant impact on their life. Even in my darkest hour, I discovered myself thinking about someone else.”

I never showed much interest in school when I was younger. Since people may have other talents and strengths, I firmly feel that it is wrong to judge or evaluate someone simply primarily on their academic achievements. It is essential that we acknowledge and develop their talents. In general, males find it difficult to express themselves and generally hide their feelings, suffering in silence. I wanted to engage with my audience and invite them to contribute their thoughts and experiences in order to solve these challenges,” he continued.

The reason Abbas decided to leave the film industry was because “after my initial successes, some of my projects met failure, leaving me financially broke and unable to even afford basic necessities like rent or cigarettes.” I was first hesitant to look for alternate work out of pride. However, I quickly approached producer RB Choudary and requested for a position. He allowed me to participate in the Pooveli movie. But as time went on, I got bored and stopped going to the movies. I wasn’t enjoying my job. When my friends came to see my Bollywood debut film Ansh: The Deadly Part, I definitely recall warning them not to waste their time because I thought it was bakavas.

Abbas said, “In order to provide for my family, I worked as a bike mechanic and drove taxis in New Zealand.” Abbas revealed that he had experienced bankruptcy four times.

In response to his choice, Abbas stated, “I am typically a private person and only occasionally grant interviews. While I was living overseas, I did give a few interviews to specific media outlets, but unhappily, my remarks were generally misunderstood. Fans frequently call me to inquire about my potential comeback or to voice concern for my well-being. Some individuals have even related hearing reports about my demise or trip to a mental institution. Now that I’m back in India, it’s critical to address these concerns and clear up any misunderstandings.

Abbas went on to say that he had never initially wanted to be an actor. But after Kadhalar Desam was released, he underwent a remarkable makeover and became an instant heartthrob. He reflected on this abrupt transition and said, “One evening, I went to the movie premiere as a regular guy, but the next day, I couldn’t even leave my house. I had no idea why I was receiving such a great deal of love from others. I had just turned 19 and had decided to make the movie as a side gig to supplement my income.

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