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Happy Birthday Ajith: Some lesser-known facts about the Viswasam star

Ajith Kumar turned 48 on May 1. His films are always talked about, but not many know that he has a keen interest in racing and photography as well. Here are some lesser-known facts about the actor.

regional-movies Updated: May 01, 2019, 15:28 IST
Karthik Kumar
Karthik Kumar
Hindustan Times
Ajith was an avid racer till he was hit by injury.
Ajith was an avid racer till he was hit by injury.

What do you get when you take the star out of Ajith Kumar? As the popular Tamil star turned 48 on Wednesday, we take a look at some lesser known dimensions of the actor for which he is equally well-known.

Passionate racer

Ajith’s passion for racing is unmatchable and he’s proved it by participating in several races, including Formula 2. At one point, he even considering pursing racing full time until he suffered a life threatening injury and had to give up racing to continue acting. In several of his interviews, he has admitted to have missed racing more than anything in his life. This is probably why he likes to shoot without a body double when it comes to action or chase sequences involving bikes or cars in his films.

Great cook

Ajith is known for his chicken biryani.
Ajith is known for his chicken biryani.

Many stories about Ajith showcasing his culinary skills on film sets have won his co-artists over. In between shots on sets, Ajith likes to unwind by cooking for the entire unit. Several of his co-stars and friends in the industry are a big fan of his chicken biryani. Even at home, he tries his hands at different cuisines and makes it a point to check out new restaurants. There have been stories of Ajith walking up to the chef in restaurants and noting down the recipe of a particular dish if he’s really liked it.

Voracious reader

If you’re wondering what does Ajith when he’s not shooting and staying away from all film related events, he’s either spending time with family or reading. He’s said to have an amazing collection of books at home. Two of his favorite books are believed to be The Teaching of Buddha and Living with the Himalayan Masters. He’s known for gifting books to close friends and co-stars on special occasions.

Tech geek

Ajith is known to a tech geek.
Ajith is known to a tech geek.

It is said that Ajith likes to update himself from time to time regarding latest technology. Recently, he devoted himself to help students of Madras Institute of Technology build an Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) for a college-level competition. The college had appointed Ajith as helicopter test pilot and UAV system adviser due to his keen interest in aero modeling. At a time when superstars like Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan are chasing political dreams, Ajith is bitten by the tech bug.

Photographer

Ajith is a keen photographer too and has clicked many of his co-stars.
Ajith is a keen photographer too and has clicked many of his co-stars.

Photography is another area where Ajith likes to invest most of his time. He’s clicked photo-shoots of several of his co-stars and these include even some character artistes. A few years ago, Ajith shot a special video featuring actor Appu Kutty and pictures from the shoot went viral on social media.

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