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Shanthi drew the attention of Madhan who was deeply engaged..reading the day's
"Who has been arrested today, Madhan!
"Arrested? Given a chance, they might have even killed……"
"Oh! Do you refer to the sad incident that took place near Mysore in which
the actors from Tamil Nadu were manhandled by the locals there? See, what a
difference! When Kannada matinee idol Rajkumar was kidnapped, Tamilnadu helped
him in many ways. It was seen that he was sent back to Karnataka safely. And
now, the Kannadigas have shown us this kind of gratitude! What do we say?"
"Shanthi! Don't blame the whole of Karnataka for this act. The Kannada
actors themselves have issued notices expressing their regret over the untoward
incident. This incident has lead the Tamil film world to take an important
"Tamil film industry would hereafter be adopting certain safety measures
when they go to conduct shootings in other states. They would be doubly cautious
when they enter into the state of Karnataka. They are to going to take another
special security effort too."
"Is it so?"
"It has been decided to have revolvers with licenses as a precautionary
measure!" In a free nation like ours, one has to take up arms to move from
one state to another. What a shame? By the by, how is R.B.Chowdhry?"
"Huge losses have been incurred upon R.B.Chowdhry from 'Pappa' and 'Vinnukkum
Mannukkum'. Inorder to offset those losses and earn a rich profit, he banks
heavily on the able direction of K.D.Ravikumar in 'Samudram'. Evidently these
are bad times for him.
But he can take heart from the successful run of 'Anandham'. The film has healed
many of his wounds."
"Then, Madhan, how is the newly married actress getting along? Is she
taking pleasure still... preparing food for her hubby?"
"Devayani is going to act in two new films, titled 'Azhage' and 'Arupadai
Veedu'. It is Thankar Bachchan who directs the film, 'Azhage'. Endowed with
radical thoughts, he neglected the intervention of others and said firmly that
Devayani has to be the heroine in his film. All this is nothing but the impact
made by Chellamani."
"Has Mumtaj set a new trend in Tamil filmdom?"
"Certainly. Tamil cinema has fallen again for glamour roles as it thinks
that the moviegoers have given a green signal to glamour-based characters. The
stout support given by them to Mumtaj has led it to come to such a decision.
They say that Isha Gopikar in 'Narasimha' and Monal in 'Lovely' have bared their
youngness to a great degree."
"If Tamil cinema goes after glamour, well, no one can save it. I think it
is incorrigible. Why don't they learn lessons from their previous mistakes?
Anymore hot news?"
"Good heavens! I don't have anything for the present"
"Don't tell me a white lie. I know that you are hiding something from me.
Don't keep any secrets... Come on, speak out now. Or else…."
"Wait! I'll tell you something about Vivek?"
"About Vivek? Wow! How nice! Tell me at once!"
"As of now, Vivek is acting as a hero in 'Panju'. He is going to act as a
hero in another film. He would be donning the role of a circus baffoon in that
film. But he won't merely act as a jester. He would also be loving the heroine.
The elements of comedy and love will work out very well in this film, they say.
The film would be featuring Abbas also. And you know who is going to direct that
"My God, what do I know on this earth?"
"Know it from me! It would be Sivachandran, the husband of actress Lakshmi!
The Superstars in the making
Opposite poles but altogether different dimensions: Ajith and Vijay!
Both of them are towers of strength. They hold their heads high in the firmament
of the actors of the Tamil film industry. They keep their head and shoulders
above the other young heroes and Kamalhasan, the everlasting and evergreen mega
stars of Tamil Cinema. Undoubtedly, these young heroes, Ajith and Vijay would be
winning and inheriting the fame which is now being enjoyed by Rajini and Kamal,
through the passage of time and in the near future.
But who is going to be the Rajini of Tomorrow? And who is Kamal among the two?
These are the million dollar questions. Though time alone can unravel this
secret, there is scope to read between the lines spoken about the national
awards. Tomorrow's signal is reflected in the replies made by them against the
queries on the national awards.
What do they actually think about the national awards?
Ajith: I am possessed by the desire to win a national award. I hope I
would get a good name from 'Citizen'. I believe that the film would receive rave
reviews through the length and breadth of India. I fervently expect that my
image would grow large with the release of this picture. In all probability, the
movie has a fair chance of bagging at least four national awards!
Maybe national awards are something out of my reach! I am conscious of that
fact. So I do not entertain any desire to win a national award at all. I just
want to act continuously in films. The most important thing for me is to cater
to the needs of the viewers. I must provide enjoyment to them. For the present
the State Award itself would suffice for me!
With a discerning look into the words uttered by these two heroes, you might by
now, have decided as to who is Kamal and who is Rajini among these two.
Let us wish them well. Let each shape up as the actor of his heart in the years
to come, we conclude.
But Ajith throws another bombshell also.
"It is my intention to take an incarnation of a new Ajithkumar by mixing
the acting styles of both Rajini and Kamal in an equal measure. I hope to shine
in that new role!"
Change of Heart
It has been a long wait for Manirathnam. He has stopped his sieving mission in
Bollywood to find an actress to act as the heroine in his next film. Now he has
signed Simran to figure in his new film.
'Kannaththil Muththamittal' is the name of the film. (Why this sudden, new fad
for Manirathram on the line of an old song?)
Madhavan and Simran would be the leading artists. Music and lyrics would be
looked after by A.R.Rehman and Vairamuthu respectively.
Manirathnam is known for taking his own time in making a film to its perfection.
But it won't be a long drag this time. He would be creating his new film in a
record quick time as the fashion of Rama Narayanan and P.Vasu.
How clever Prashanth is!
On his birthday, he had not only met Kalaignar but also Jayalalitha.
That he met Kalaignar was made known to media. But his meeting and talk with
Jayalalitha was hushed up.
Following the present change of power in the State Government, things have
started leaking out. Jayalalitha had asked him, "Why are you still
unmarried? Are you in love with someone?"
"I am not in love with anybody. Presently, I am having six films in a row.
I would be getting married next year", was Prashanth's reply. He had placed
a request before her on that occasion. "Madam, you must preside over my
It's alright, but one question props up. There was a news in the air sometime
back to the effect that Prashanth would be using the letters 'Tamil' in the
handwriting style of Kalaignar for the title of his forthcoming film, 'Tamil'.
What would be the preference of Prashanth now?!
God saved the queen
Abirami is paying obeisance to her favorite deity for averting a danger that
might have put her ill at ease recently Udal Thappiyathu Thambiran Punniyam!
During the shooting of 'Samudram' at Srirangapattinam, Karnataka, there was a
free-for-all between the film crew and the dwellers of the region. A skirmish
was there. The outraged locals stooped to the level of disgracing the womanly
honour of Kaveri, the only actress who was available on the spot. Luckily,
Abirami was not participating on the day's shoots. Her absence there turned out
to be blessing.
This has relieved R.B.Chowdhry a great deal "I shudder to think what might
have happened to Abirami had she been there at the scene of the fights!" he
said to Director Ravikumar and hero Saratkumar.
Is Meena over the hill?
One has to pity Meena for she is walking down the hill.
In the past, when we asked her whether she was having any film to her credit,
pat would come the reply from her. "Well, I am acting along side Vikram in
But things have now changed for the worst. She is no longer that happy.
The film is on the half-way mark. Meena had been a part and parcel of the film
so far...But now, by the quirk of fate, she has been replaced by Priyanka
Why? A gossip is cited as the reason. We are surprised as to why do they link
her name still with that dancing actor.
As a child artist she looked like the Amul baby. As she grew up she shared the
screen with superstars Kamal and Rajini. She rose up fast like a shooting star
and stayed for a long time as a front-ranking actress of Tamil films. In fact,
she became a dream girl in Japan too.
But gone are those days of great glory. All those things have become old
episodes. Kadhal Sadugudu was the last straw on the Camel's back. She had missed
out the opportunity of acting in that good film. Now she has nowhere to go. Will
she ever make it again?
Lean but lovable
Jyothika alias Joe was described a pumpkin, gourd, gas balloon, barrel etc. Now
she has grown very slim, spic and span.
She looked very plumpy in films like 'Kushi' and 'Little John'. Paying heed to
the suggestion of her dear and near ones, she started following a regimental
diet and doing necessary physical exercises. Resultantly she has turned into
beans. She can no more be called a pumpkin.
Now that Simran has raised her flag in many films from that of Kamal to that of
Manirathnam. Joe had to rethink a little. Advices have flooded on all sides,
from her well-wishers, that she should reduce her waistline if she wants to hold
a candle to Simran as the latter is an expert in shaking her hip in the course
of her dancing. Taking a serious note of these valuable advices, Jyothika has
reduced her weight to a great degree. She appears like a creeper with flowers in
her current film, 'Poovellam Un Vaasam'.
Chief Minister as Chief Guest?
Following the gorgeous function held in honour of the silver jubilee success of
"Thenali", more pictures would soon be conducting their celebrations
in connection with their successful run for one hundred and seventy five days.
The names of those movies: "Friends" and "Deena".
Two Rumours do their rounds in this respect. The first one says that the Chief
guest for the "Deena" festivities would be no less a person than
Jayalalitha, the Chief Minister of the State. It may not be a surprise if she
presides over the function for she has graced the occasion of Ajith's wedding
with her presence. And she has not attended many marriages held in the houses of
her own Party men.
The second news in the air tells that Ajith has decided, on second thoughts, to
invite Kamalhasan to be the chief guest for the day in order to avoid the
unnecessary criticisms that may be sparked off by the arrival of the current
chief Minister. Ajith has reason to do so; he is very impressed with the way
Kamal praises him in each and every interview. True, Kamal has been lavishing
his praises on Ajith heartfully and without any reservation.
The Trouble Shooter
Many cinema people were in for a shock as they saw the newspapers last week.
K.Rajan who is well known for taking up the problems connected to the film world
every now and then has now taken up the role of a trouble-shooter. He has issued
a notice about the drinking water problem.
"A litre of milk yielded by a cow purchased at a cost of Rupees Fifteen
thousand is being sold for Rupees Thirteen whereas the underground water has
been priced Rupees twelve a little. Tamil Nadu Government must put an end to the
sale of such water at that exorbitant rate". The is the request made by
Kodambakkam cracks a joke at his expense: "Why has he allowed the giant
lizard that went it's way on the road to roam about around his belly waist and
lap? He courted trouble for certain. The notice issued by him may boomerang on
him. As an aftermath of the issuance of this notice he has invited headache to
him. He may have to wander about here and there as a result of this social
A grandpa told me while I was studying in Tenth standard: "You would be
acting in films. Your film life would start from the year 1994-95. You will
marry secretly without the knowledge of the people of your house. Your husband
would be shorter than you. 'R' would be the first letter of his name. He would
be sporting a beard on his face."
This Week's Allegation
I was made a dummy in 'Minnale'. They have terribly wasted my call sheets.
Madhavan sat at the editing table to cut away some scenes which stressed my
importance in that film. Finally I was shown as a Villain of sorts. Surely,
Madhavan has played a double game with me. It was my mistake that I though him a
true friend of mine.
Now that I know his true colors, I have stopped talking with him. My wife also
has stopped talking with his wife.
T I T B I T S
Prashanth is a master of martial arts. He is an adept in Karate as well as Kung
fu. Also he imparts training in these heroic arts to his fans.
R.B.Chowdhry is working to bring about the re-make of 'Friends' in Telugu.
All the shoots are already over for "Aalavandhan". Now Kamal has
immersed himself in the discussions for 'Pammal K.Sambandham'.
True to his title, 'Chinna Kalaivaanar', Vivek imparts good messages in his
films. Further to this, he also exudes interest in helping out the needy.
'Aalavandhan' and 'Citizen' would be hitting the screens simultaneously.
'Paandavar Bhoomi' would feature an entirely different story. Rajkiran is very
confident about the success of the film; he says that this film would covet a
In the beginning, there were some scathing criticisms, for 'Bhadri', from the
magazines. But now, 'Bhadri' has overtaken 'Dum Dum Dum' in terms of box-office
Abbas usually acts one among the two or three heroes in Tamil films. But, at
this moment, he is acting in four Hindi films, as a full-fledged, single hero.