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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Unusual search for a Commercial Director

He is famous for his typical commercial tamil entertainers. He has given them with the right mix of humour, sentiments, stunts etc, etc., But he is missing in action for more than one year, which is unusual to his nature.

He is none other than our K.S.Ravikumar. He used to churn out 2-3 movies a year, in the intial days of his career. Now, what has gone wrong? Is it for the betterment of the industry, that he has taken off for so many months???

Aware of the audience pulse

I still remember a TV interview in which he said that his aim is to make profits for everyone concerned. He followed, what he said. Eventhough, he was an one-time assistant director to Vikraman (during the shoot of 'Pudhu Vasantham'), he was different from Vikraman. While Vikraman was trying to give realistic movies (!!!), KSR concentrated clearly on entertainers. All his initial movies were sponsored by 'SuperGood films' RB.Choudry and everybody made money as targetted.

However, he made many less-known (or you can say unknown) movies like Pudham Pudhu Payanam, Bandmaster, Sakthivel, Muthu Kulika Vaarigala, Periya Kudumbam (Prabhu), Parambarai (Prabhu), Dharma Chakkaram (Vijaykanth), Pista (Karthik), Minsara Kanna (Vijay) etc. These might not have pinched the producers' hands. I have not watched most of these.

Still KSR was able to survive & remain well-known, due to his successful combination with Rajini, Kamal & Sarathkumar. Most of his movies with these stars succeeded well in the box office, with some good comedy & sentimental stuff. He is one of the directors who continuously survived without the Maestro Ilayaraja's music. (pl. correct me here, if I'm wrong)

With Rajini - 'Muthu' was a great comedy as well as controversial movie of that time, followed by the great blockbuster 'Padayappa'. KSR delivered both in an enjoyable format. (these are the only movies of Rajini with ARR, other than Sureshkrishna's 'Baba').

With Kamal - Nothing more to tell about their fantastic combo in 'Avvai Shanmugi', 'Thenali' & 'Pancha Thanthiram'. The movies speak by themselves. Even now, you can watch these comedies again.
With Sarath - He delivered few sentimental hits among their bunch of movies viz., Cheran Pandiyan, Oor Mariyadhai, Naataamai, Natpukkaaga, Paattali, Samudhiram, Paarai etc., Sarath is the only hero, with whom he has done more movies. Whenever Sarath needs to give a hit, he used to combine with KSR for a movie in less no. of days. That's KSR's strength. (Sarath's graph is steady now.. otherwise we could have expected another venture from him thru KSR!!!!)

You can name some more hits which KSR delivered like 'Puriyadha Pudhir' (his debut movie, a thriller), 'Villain' (Ajith), 'Ethiree' (Madhavan) & 'Suyamvaram' (the multistarrer/multidirector record movie shot in less than 24 hours - not sure if it is really a hit!!!).

But badluck is still haunting this director, for the last one year.

* Initially, it was well publicised 'Jaggubhai' with Rajini. After a big hype, the movie was scrapped.
* Then there was a news that he would direct Dhanush with Harris Jeyaraj music. It is nowhere now.

* The recent debacle is with our undependable Ajith's 'Godfather'. Ajith wanted to repeat his winning combination of 'Villain' with KSR. However, the hero's relationship with the producer turned bitter, which made Asin to go ahead with her other projects like Ghajini/ Sivakasi/ Maja(expect a name change). Inspite of all the problems, it seems KSR is working hard to bring out this for the coming Deepavali. AR.Rahman is anyhow there to help KSR out of the mess with some great music. Let us see, if the ladyluck will smile at KSR again (particularly on Ajith, since KSR will survive somehow).

Who needs to survive, Ajith?
* Now, there is a news going around that KSR may team up with Simbu (after 'Vallavan') for a new movie to be remade out of the telugu hit 'Bhadra'. Will it happen or will it become like Dhanush fiasco? (We don't know the status of Simbu-SJ.suryah project 'A-C'. Is Simbu going the Dhanush way with too many talked about projects?)

You cannot expect a logical movie from K.S.Ravikumar (like we expect from few notable directors). However, he is capable of giving some watchable stuff. Hope to view many more laughable entertainers from him..... As usual, I end this post with my 'Let us keep our fingers crossed!!!'

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Blogger PVS said...

Yeppa, KSR ivvolavu padam panni irukkara?

Thursday, June 23, 2005 5:00:00 PM  
Blogger ada-paavi!!!! said...

godfather is almost in the cans only another half an hour of shooting left, which will be done june end\early july.
KSR i agree is commercial but his genre of movie making (village stories with sarath) has died, and his last few movies didnt do well at the BO, except for Villan, the rest recovered their costs and werent hits.
KSR is betting his career on Godfather, hopefully he can swing it with godfather (ajith needs a hit badly, with his much awaited G bombing, and Vijay churning our hits by the minute)
True KSR was among the most dependable directors, his movies always recovered their cost the only other director who is this dependable is Dharini and Actor vijay(whose movies always recover cost due to his fan following)

Thursday, June 23, 2005 6:17:00 PM  
Blogger Nep said...

Man how do u find so much time to write so much on someohe whom u just know. Hats off to u :) Yes, KSR is sure entertainer of the crowd.. you forgot to tell about his trademark... he used to come in atleast one scene in each of his movies..i don't know if he did in his earlier stage movies...

May god bless him and our god-father ajith :-p

Thursday, June 23, 2005 6:41:00 PM  
Blogger Kaps said...

Was Villain really a hit? I have my own doubts about Godfather. They are trying to do something really grand....which is a big risk.

Thursday, June 23, 2005 8:36:00 PM  
Blogger ada-paavi!!!! said...

villan was a hit here kaps, and yes nep KSR does come in atleast 1 scene in all his movies. in cheran pandian he plays the villan.
godfather is not a bigger risk than anniyan, with the hype surrounding the movie it will have a good opening and ll recover costs.

Thursday, June 23, 2005 10:03:00 PM  
Blogger Chakra Sampath said...

> Natpukkaaga, Paattali, Samudhiram

- Were these hits Ram? Especially the last one, I had the misfortune of watching it.. horrible movie.

Friday, June 24, 2005 1:41:00 AM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

PVS.. yes

Kaps, as srivatsan had mentioned it was a decent hit in TN, to ajith's standards. If you can call 'attagasam' as a hit, 'villain' was better than that.

srivatasan / neps.. need to wait and see if KSR can pull the crowd for Godfather, like his previous movies

Chakra.. I agree that 'samudhiram' was not a great movie.. so, i have corrected the wordings there in my post to avoid wrong conclusions...

Friday, June 24, 2005 1:57:00 AM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

chakra..natpukkaga had a good run and paatali a decent run - mainly in B & C centres. (especially for Simran in the first one and Ramya in the second one)

Friday, June 24, 2005 1:58:00 AM  
Blogger Munimma said...

He is one of my favorite directors (All his Kamal movies, and his use of humor). There is nothing wrong in doing a thorough entertainer. After all, most of us watch a movie to be entertained. I have seen tenaali so many times now.

Friday, June 24, 2005 6:08:00 AM  
Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

I am not sure what's going on with KSR, but I love all his Kamal films. P.Thanthiram though I think it failed commercially ...I feel is a great comedy.

And who can forget Padaiyappa.!

I hope he comes out with a great hit again..!

Friday, June 24, 2005 4:05:00 PM  
Blogger G3 said...

Somehow I had the feeling he never made movies with heroes who are not big stars already! Well ... changed it!

I really liked Padayappa and Thenali!

Saturday, June 25, 2005 6:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Sundaresan said...


After S.P.Muthuraman, KSR is considered as a pakka commercial director, who generally won't cause loss to producers. I think, he is currently not seen is because of 'JakkuBhai' ;) He was supposed to direct this movie and was in discussion and also in planning of the movie for more than six months...but, finally, all his efforts went in vain...hope rajini should give him a chance (parigaaram?) in his next movie....

By the way, well analyzed post on KSR.

Sunday, June 26, 2005 3:19:00 PM  
Blogger Guru prasath said...

KSR has done a film with Ilayaraja. The name of the movie is Sakthivel. The song "Maligai mottu" is particularly notable.

Guru prasath

Saturday, July 02, 2005 8:02:00 AM  

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