The Telugu film, "Chithram" cast less than half a crore. But
that film fetched Rupees Ten Crores in return. It's producer Ramoji Rao is a big
shot in the media. Seeing the spreading fame of Reema Sen in Tamil Nadu, he hit
upon a new brain-wave. He has planned to dub that film in Tamil with some
changes. The preliminary works have already begun for the Tamil "Chithiram".
To give it a native color, some scenes are going to be included featuring
Manivannan, Senthil, Charlie, Manorama and Kalpana.
The director, the cast and the technicians, the whole bunch is a crop of new
faces. This is an added attraction of this film. Those who have sung in the "Sapta
Swarangal"? program of Sun T.V have been given a break in this film as
play back singers. Much is expected from this film which has made a box-office
collection of Rupees Ten crores, against the input of just Rupees forty lakhs.
Producer Ramoji Rao will take his further steps into the Tamil World, if this
Tamil version makes its mark.
News about Manirathnam's oncoming film trickledown into our cars very slowly.
Things are taking place secretly behind the iron curtain. Previously words were
around that Madhavan would be the hero. Now it is learnt that it won't be
Madhavan this time. It would be a new, fresh hero. Manirathnam plans to
introduce a new music director also. It was he who highlighted the talent of
A.R.Rehman and lifted him up to world renown. Now he desires to take up another
music maestro to limelight through his ladder. The mantle may fall on the
shoulders of Dhina of T.V fame, Krthik Raja or some other lucky guy.
Laila during the shooting of 'Dhina', the film, which has attracted the
attention of Ajith in full. When we ask her, "Do you still have the 'unlucky'
tag with you" Laila gets irritated. Pat came her reply: "I don't care
about these labels. I am least bothered about idle criticisms. What can I do, if
"Kallazhagar" and "Roja Vanam" bomb at the
box-office? It's none of my fault. Have not my Telugu movies and "Parthen
Rasithen" succeeded? Will those successes make me a lucky actress? All
these assumptions are meaningless. You must know that the success of a film
rests with the judgement of viewers".
After this short sermon, she expressed a genuine grievance also. "I ought
to have danced for the "Dhakkalakka Baby" song the "Mudhalvan".
I missed the bus because of the problem of dates. Surely, I have lost an
opportunity of immense merit!"
Then she took a vow. Henceforth, I will concentrate wholly and solely on Tamil
film industry. I am going to apply my mind strongly in this respect. My
involvement, hereafter, in Tamil films would be complete. I would love to keep
up my present position forever.
Welcome Laila! We too expected just a stand like this.
actors and actresses of Tamil films adopt ever so many techniques to make their
grade in the industry. They strive every steel nerve of theirs. But with every
hit they make, their behaviour changes upside down. It requires more than one
tongue to describe the airs they put on after the success of a film. Sathyaraj,
Prabhu and Ramya Krishnan had reduced their salary to a great extent for want of
Before one year, Sathyaraj's salary had hit the lowest ebb among the heroes.
Suddenly, lady luck smiled on him. The stupendous success of "Ennamma Kannu"
changed the whole atmosphere. Now, it is Vintage Sathyaraj. His range has
increased by leaps and bounds. Knowing that the tides are in his favour, he had
increased the amount of his honorarium. Prabhu, too, followed in Sathyaraj's
footsteps. He was in a pathetic condition before the release of "Budget
Padmanaban" has given him a new stint. Grown in confidence, now surer of
him, Prabhu too had hiked his price. These successes of stars heroes may draw
the distributors' attention and boost the sale value of movies.
But, Ramya Krishnan, still waits to break this ice. She had reached the
prinnacle of glory overnight by her exemplary performance in "Padayappa".
But today she stands worried, as she has not landed any big opportunity despite
reducing her salary. She is awaiting the arrival of a big fish on her way. But,
right now, it rains in the garden of Jothika.
gave just an average success. "Kamarasu" had to be shelved. Hence the
hat of R.B.Chowdry for the tamil film people. But Telugu audience gave stout
support to high films and made them resounding successes. So, he had decided to
divert all the wealth earned through Tamil films in to his ensuing Telugu films.
To start with, he is going to remake the Tamil picture, "Unnaikkodu
Ennaitharuven". The wonder of wonders, Unnaikodu Ennaitharuven was a
super flat! This shows the strong belief R.B.Chowdry has reposed on the Telugu
Moreover, the salaries to be paid to the Telugu film actors in comparatively
less. At the most, the hero would demand ten percent of the total cost of
production comedians do not demand more than Rupees three lakh. A small amount
would suffice for advance payment. The balance of the salary can be settled
after the release of the picture. A producer stands to gain by all these
factors. All these things have led R.B.Chowdry to bang on Telugu films in
Furthermore, he is rather angry with the heroes of Tamil film industry. He
frequently feels that they are spoiling the Tamil film industry as a whole.
According to him, the heroes unmindfully drain the capital of the producers. He
cites an example for this trend. When he looked Sarathkumar for the film "Vinnukkum
Mannukkum" with a view to ensure the film's success in rural areas, Vikram
protested the producer's action as he wanted to act as the single hero in that
"Vikram is very obstinate after Sethu, he acted in a Telugu film. But that
movie could not cross even a week. Under this circumstance, it is not proper on
the part of Vikram to insist on the honour of acting as a single hero. He does
not have any hit to back his claim! Am I not right in saying this?"
R.B.Chowdry Frelo and fumes.
After all, that back is blue. It is the mind that makes a heaven a hell and a
hell a heaven !!