Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 20 (IANS) Malayalam actor Sankar, who has now turned director with 'Keralotsavam 2009', says having a fans' association is necessary to survive as an actor in the film industry.
Sankar debuted as a lead actor in the 1980 film 'Manjil Virinja Pookal', which incidentally also starred Mohanlal. But Sankar ended up playing second lead in most movies after that.
'May be if I had listened to the advice of those who told me then that a fan's association is a must, I would not have faded out as an actor,' Sankar told reporters here.
Mohanlal, who played a villain in 'Manjil Virinja Pookal', went on to become a superstar. And he is known to have a hugely popular fan's association.
'Honestly, I never realised that a fan's association was a must then. When many said it is a must, I dissuaded them,' Sankar added.
Sankar also pointed out that making a film without superstars was a huge risk.
'The order of the day today is that it is difficult for any film to have a good run without superstars. Films at times means business and there is a fine line between doing business and doing a good film,' the actor-director said.