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Sunday, May 15, 2005

Time is running out....for the Lady Leads

Nowadays, it seems Producers are lining-up in the doorsteps of young heroines (of 10 years back). Is there any change in the trend? Are they not getting dates from the young actresses like Asin, Gopika, Nayan etc? Lucky, these young gals..... they are saved. It seems they are going to get young Moms for their upcoming movies. You can recall, Rohini as a young Mom (For Nayan in 'Ayyah'), Nadhiya & Aishwarya as Moms (For Ravi in 'MK.SO.ML') etc., So, there is no real competition from these young pretty Moms....

This may not stop there...Slowly these actresses are likely to get calls to act as Mom for our heroes as well. The latest news is that Geetha ('Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal' fame) is acting as Vijay's Mom in 'Sivakasi' and Nadhiya may be called in to act as Ajith's Mom in 'Godfather' (what happened to Meena who was supposed to act as Senior Ajith's wife, as publicised initially..the way it is going, I doubt if 'Godfather' will meet the release deadline).

Indeed, a Beautiful Mom

There is a general trend for young actresses to play the aged roles when the character demands .... I mean, in situations like

- the story moving from the young hero's life to his old age (like Soundarya in 'Padayappa', Kushboo in 'Naataamai' / 'Annamalai', Banupriya in Satyaraj movies, Radhika in 'Poonthota Kaavalkkaran', Meena in Sarath's 'Nadodi Mannan' etc.,)


-when the hero plays dual roles & both the characters demands young heroines (like Roja in Satyaraj's 'Looty').

The beauty in the dual-role movies is that the hero may be chided by the motherly-young heroine, without creating emotional situations :-( :-( :-( The reason may be the makeup, which the director or the actresses might not hv preferred. So, they end up acting as young mothers with 'white color'ed hair and a thick spectacle.. to bring the old age in front of the screen. The exception I had observed in the last decade was Sukanya's makeup in 'Indian'. The makeup was truly amazing in bringing the old age look for Kamal & Sukanya perfectly.

Apart from the above trend, I observed another trend of making the actresses too old too soon. The same actress who had paired with a hero will get a chance in 10 years time to act as his mother - Guaranteed....!!! (Eventhough the age increases for that hero & that actress at the same time). Is it because the actresses are getting bloated soon after their 3-5 years of stint in the industry? May be or May not be.

This trend is prevailing even from Sivaji era. Recall Mrs.Bandari Bhai who paired with Sivaji in his earlier days movie 'Andha Naal'. She acted as his Mom in several movies after 2 decades. Why should we go to those olden days, to refresh our memory? Take our great Rajinikanth & Kamal haasan.

The following heroines who had paired or appeared in a character equalling the hero's role, had done the great Mother roles with the same heroes in later movies.

With Rajinikanth
Sujatha - in 'Avargal' as wife / in 'Maaveeeran, Baba' as Mother
Lakshmi - in 'Pollathavan' as a friend / in 'Padayappa' as Mother
SriVidya - in 'Apoorva Raagangal' as wife / in 'Thalapathi' as Mother
Sumitra - in 'Bhuvana Oru Kelvikkuri' as friend-lover / in 'Panakkaran' as mother

Yesteryear Pair, Chiding his son..now
(courtesy: Cinesouth.com)

With Kamal
Sujatha - in 'Kadal Meengal' as wife / in 'Mangamma Sabadam' & few others as Mother
Sumitra - in 'Nizhal Nijaamakirathu' as friend / in 'Singara velan' as Mother
Srividya - in 'Apoorva Raagangal' as lover (of diff. age) / in 'Apoorva Sagothargal' as Mother

Who knows.. some of their other heroines like Ambika, Seetha, Jayachitra, Radhika (who are currently acting as Mom to young heroes) may chide them as their Moms in their forthcoming movies? The reason may be that
- the producers are not able to find actresses senior to the heroes
- these actresses cannot act as the hero's pair anymore (the audience are looking for slim / young faces)
- or the producers may be bored of portraying KR.Vijaya / Manorama / Sujatha / Lakshmi / Srividhya / Sumitra as their Moms.

But, is this trend because of the willingness of the yesteryear young actresses to earn income after their failed marriage life? (like Nalini, Seetha, Sulakshana, Ambika etc.,). May be not...May be they are really offered some good roles, which they couldn't get when they were young heroines. BharathiRaja has to take some credit for this trend. Since he wanted to bring some difference in his characterisation, he asked the young actresses (at that point of time) to act in aged characters. Just recall the following actresses....

Gandhimadhi in 'Mann Vaasanai'
Vadivukkarasi in 'Muthal Mariyathai'
Radhika in 'Kizhaku Seemaiyilae'
Revathi in 'Taaj mahal'
Suhasini in 'Eera Nilam'

But nowadays, the Cable TV channels have saved the lives of several actresses from doing the mother roles to the heroes, with whom they paired earlier. Actresses like Vinodhini, Mounica, Devayani, Sukanya etc., hv got their names into the smallscreen already. So, they may not need the big screen anymore.. Or, the money may lure them at a later stage.. Who knows???

So, you can cross your fingers and wait, to see, if the following heroes will get their yesteryear heroines as Mom in their future movies. (because they will be in this industry for another 10 years acting as young heroes)

Vikram - Rohini ('Thanthu Vitaen Ennai'), Aishwarya ('Meera')
Prashanth - Kaveri ('Vaikasi Poranthachu')
Ajith - Sanghavi ('Amaravathi')
Vijay - Sanghavi ('Rasigan')


(Courtesy: Our DBI officials)


Blogger PVS said...

During an interview, SriVidhya had commented that she had acted in almost all roles against Rajini... wife, sister, anni, mother, mother-in-law (not sure abt granny thou:))

Sunday, May 15, 2005 7:18:00 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

PVS..Ya, I remember her acting as sister in 'Uzhaippali' and mother-in-law in 'Mappillai'. Anni - I couldn't recollect the movie immediately...

Sunday, May 15, 2005 7:27:00 PM  
Blogger harry said...

what abt roja..she acted as sarath's mom in diwaan while in sooriyan she was his pair...sarath is 50+ and roja 30+..so unfair..but a nice topic to really debate..

Sunday, May 15, 2005 10:12:00 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

harry, I hv completely forgotten about 'diwan' not being a movie of great quality to remember.. Once again I believe, it is a dual-role hero movie...right...

Monday, May 16, 2005 1:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meena has the potential unique distinction of starring as a child star with Rajini, as his pair and in a few years from now, as his mother.


Monday, May 16, 2005 2:03:00 AM  
Blogger Suguna Purushothaman said...

they are heroeos - not young anymore.but still remain stars. we have less number of movies that are heroine centric. for example julie ganapathi - where sarithas performance was awsome just went unnoticed. people like glamor more than anything else in this part of the world.

Monday, May 16, 2005 1:55:00 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

Suguna.. Agree with your views.

Monday, May 16, 2005 3:18:00 PM  
Blogger Twin-Gemini said...

The TV serials have become a major source of income of yester-year stars. There are so many that AVM has decided to stop making movies and go into TV Serials full-time.

Saturday, May 21, 2005 4:06:00 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

AVM's startegy (even K.B's strargey) to move to the small screen was a good one...

Sunday, May 22, 2005 5:13:00 AM  
Blogger Carnatakam said...

Hey good one...

though belated to comment, I've ben thinking for a while that Anju has the potential to make the biggest leap from daughter (Meendum Kokila) to mother of Kamal. Hope some producer is taking note of these discussions of ours!! ;)

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 11:24:00 PM  

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