He completed his pre-university in commerce from Vijaynagar College in Hospet and Ajai confesses that he misses the good old days he spent in college, where he hardly sat in class but did exceedingly well in culturals. “Academics always took a back seat because of my interest in culturals. I was immersed in theatre and have written several plays and performed them as well. But I would like to direct plays rather than act in them. I have been passionate about direction,” says Ajai.
The actor who is riding high after the success of Krishnan Love Story recalls that he had a few close friends in college who were ready to do anything for him. “Jithu and Dadaphir were my bum chums and we would watch movies together, go trekking... Actually I had shared a good rapport with everybody in class. We were a close-knit group,” he avers.
How can college life be complete without love sagas? “Of course I have had my share of crushes. Girls would come and propose to me. I don’t know what is it they found in me but they surely confessed their love. My active participation in theatre and my good looks would have attracted them,” gushes Ajai who rode to college on his father’s Yezdi bike. “Also I think the bike gave me an identity all of my own. It was an integral part of my personality.”
But he was different from others in one aspect, he was more inclined to spirituality. “Being spiritual at such a young age was considered as something unusual. I would tug along a few friends to holy lands and go on temple visits. I would get teased but I must say that I deeply respect the culture and tradition we have inherited from our ancestors. I hope the young do the same,” he sums up.