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Sunday, July 31, 2005

Press "Rewind".. Just few years back

Thanks for the overwhelming wishes for my 'Kit-Kat' break.. and for those who missed me(!!), I'm back.

Last weekend, when I tuned into the local radio FM96.8, I was pulled in by a Qn of the RJ. "What would you like to correct, if you were given a chance to go 10 years back in your life?". She got few interesting replies as below....

"Will study something and won't do some mistakes which I did, during this period". (mistakes not revealed to the RJ)

"Will maintain my body thru proper diet. Will listen to some good advices of my elders which would have corrected my path"

"Will propose to my girl friend immediately, which I missed earlier"

What a chance to correct myself? So, what will I do / correct, if I'm given a chance to go 5 years back (I thought, 10 years is too long, a period)? Just tried to think over the options...

1) I would have focussed more on my career changes few years back itself, instead of recently.

2) I would have made some investments in India - either in landed properties or in stock market. During the last couple of years, both have sky-rocketted. I feel like missing the bus...

Still, nothing seemed to be lost. Because, I am content with 'better late than never' idea and confident that what I couldn't achieve in the last few years could be achieved in the ensuing years.

What about other possibilies available for you, eventhough I don't feel them for me...

1) A change in the line of studies?
2) Making up some good friendship, which were lost by accident?
3) Marriage life?? (I don't think anyone will comment openly for this, that they could have preferred a better 'better-half')
4) A Strange thought - Considering a cine career? (as Thennavan mentioned once that he missed it, when he was a young kid)

Is there anything else, which you would like to correct or do?

153rd post

Sirandha 100 padangkaL...... (Contd)

Here is the final additions & deletions.. Thanks for those who have contributed with their preferences. I have taken lead from their suggestions as well and have made out the following list.

Addition to my previous post, which is here..

AYIRATHIL ORUVAN - An extravagant comics tale of MGR / 'Amma'
KAASE THAAN KADAVULADA - A comedy riot which I missed to include in my previous 240 list.. (how did I miss this?)



The following were removed from previous 85 to give way to the above. No Hard feelings. They were also one among the best.

The following were also suggested by our fellow bloggers for the final 100. Eventhough, I couldn't classify them in that list, I wanted to bring them into my post, for a due recognition.


Once again, thanks for adding value to my previous post.

152nd post

Thursday, July 21, 2005

100th Day Celebrations

Yes, it has gone so quickly.. 100 days after I started blogging. Surprisingly, today's post (which follows this) is my 150th. And being a Friday, you get the 'Friday special'.

Take your time, to comment definitely for that next post. Your views are expected and well appreciated. Each view counts and you will not be under pressure to comment here for the next one week for any new posts, since I'm hibernating(!!).

Should only Shankar & Vikram take a break after delivering a hit? I am also taking.. for just few days, since the continuous blogging had taken its toll (officially as well as personally). Will be back by 1st August, after setting the things right. ...

Considering the next one week's break from my blog posts, pl. spend enough time on the next one. As I mentioned, each comment counts. Hope you can gather more views, thru your blogs as well.

Still lot more to talk about.. So, will be back by 1st August.

Sirandha 100 padangkaL......

(Beware of the length of this post. It is Injurious to your golden time. Suggest, you use the weekend productively[!!] here)

When Time magazine announced the all-time best 100 movies couple of weeks ago, the Indian web-portals and the Desi bloggers started discussing about the best 10 of Indian movies. This boiled down to 10 best tamil movies as well, thru the tagging phenomena.

But everybody knew 10 is such a small number, that you cannot squeeze all your great movies within that. After all, tamil movie industry is existing for the last (nearly) 7 decades. So, when our Vatsan initiated the idea of collating the info on the best 100 tamil movies, I agreed. After our mutual exchange of mails, I arrived at a list. Rather than saying best 100 tamil, I can call them 100 milestone movies in tamil filmdom.

@ To make it convenient for you, I have already selected the best 85, what I perceive as the best. (Your opinion still counts)

@ To select the balance 15, I am leaving you a choice of 30 movies, from where you can select and fill in the gap.

@ If you feel, some of your interesting movies are missing in these lists.. Don't worry. I have given you another list of 125 movies at the end of this post...as a LINK. If in your opinion, I missed some other good movies, pl. mention it. It might have been accidental omission.

(don't be scared about the length of this post.. you have one more week to comment. Pl. make use of it)

What you need to do, is this ---

Just review the 85. If you want to delete some, pl.suggest with a replacement.

Add in 15 more. With this you agree with your best 100.

Based on your view, we can consolidate -- once I am back from my hibernation(!!).

For convenience sake, I have classified the tamil movie era into three. (if there are few errors in the classification, pl. bear with it)

Before 1970s - Between 1970-1990 - After 1990

Here comes the first 85.....

Before 1970s (25)

MEERA - The Old classic of MS.Subbulakshmi

CHANDRALEKHA - The Grand fantasy story in which MK.Radha and TR.Rajakumari acted. The so-called 'Anniyan' type big budget film of the yester years.

SABAPATHY - TR.Ramachandran's comedy movie

PARASAKTHI - Sivaji Ganesan's debut, which had all those sharp dialogues of Kalaingar Karunanidhi

VAAZHKAI - AVM's family movie in which VyjayanthiMala was launched. TR.Ramachandran was also there in that entertainer.

ANDHA NAAL - A songless anti-hero thriller of Sivaji Ganesan. Exceptional movie of those days, since it came out without songs. If I'm not wrong,Jaavar Seetharaman was the script writer.

ADUTHA VEETHU PENN - Again TR.Ramachandran with Anjali Devi and a host of comedians.

ARIVAALI - Hilarious piece from Sivaji-Banumathi pair, in addition to Thangavelu-Muthulakshmi pair

PAASA MALAR - The Grandpa movie of all these Brother-Sister sentiment movies of recent years. (Sivaji, Savithri, Gemini, MN.Rajam)

PAGAP PRIVINAI - Another 'Pa' hit from Bheemsingh-Sivaji combination.

MISSIAMMA - A Romantic Entertainer of Gemini & Saavithri

ETHIR NEECHAL - Nobody can forget 'Maadhu' and 'Ambujam Maami' of this K.B. movie.

BHAMA VIJAYAM - K.Balachandar's hilarious family drama.

IRU KODUGAL - Another classical family entertainer from K.B. with Gemini, Sowkar Janaki, Jayanthi. I still apply that 'Two lines' logic (draw a bigger line near a normal one) whenever I encounter a crisis in my life.

PADIKAATHA MEDHAI - Can you forget that song of 'Engirundho Vandhan....' song with Rangarao & Sivaji? Another family drama of Bheem singh.

KARNAN - A Grand Epic brought out in a grand manner with a big star cast of NT.RamaRao, Sivaji and so on.

VEERAPANDIYA KATTAPOMMAN - 'Vayalukku vandhaya? Naattu Nattaaya....?' The repeated dialogues practised by tinsel town's dream entrants,, whenever they try for a cine chance. This movie has made such an impact on the later generation.

KAI KODUTHA DEIVAM - A national award winning movie of those years with Savithri & Sivaji in the lead. Savithri in a mentally disturbed Childish character.

KAPPALOTIYA THAMIZHAN - Another Pre-Independence story on V.O.Chidambaram pillai.

KALYANA PARISU - Entry of Director Sridhar in this movie, has brought out so many nice movies after that. Don't forget Thangavelu-M.Saroja's comedy scenes.

NENJIL ORU AALAYAM - This movie was the start of a different genre of movies on triangular love stories. Nicely performed by kalyankumar, Muthuraman & Devikar. Good delivery by Sridhar again.

THILLANA MOHANAMBAL - Romance, Hilarious moments, Sentiments. What not? You have everything here.

KAATHALIKKA NERAMILLAI - Hilarious Romance movie from Sridhar, with Ravichandran, Muthuraman, Nagesh,Baalayaa, Kanchana....

ATHE KANGKAL - A Racy Thriller of those days, with Ravichandran in the lead role

THULAABARAM - Eventhough it had more sad moments rather than happier ones, we got an impressive performance from Saradha. If tissue papers were available those days in India, what could have been the sales at the time of its release?

Between 1970-1990 (33)

ABOORVA RAAGANGAL - Entry for Rajinikanth.. and a strange story for the audience from K.Balachandar.

ARANGETRAM - Once again, a bold subject from K.Balachandar. Whenever I see 'Dalda' vanaspathi can, I remember this movie.

AVAL ORU THODARKATHAI - Again K.Balachandar with a big starcast. Jesudoss's 'Deivam Thandha veedu...' another classical song.

AVARGAL - Single parent subject handled nicely by K.B. in this movie.

SILA NEERANGAKALIL SILA MANITHARGAL - Lakshmi brought out the character of Jayakanthan's novel very lively here. (once again a difficult story line handled well in the screen)

16 VAYADHINILE - Here, he comes. To spread the Tamil manam. Bharathi Rajaa with his Chappani (Kamal) & Parattai (Rajini).

UTHIRIPOOKAL - A classical movie of Mahendran, having Ashwini as the lead character. (If I am not wrong, 'baby' Anju was introduced in this movie)

MULLUM MALARUM - Memorable movie of Rajinikanth & Shobha, from the hands of Mahendran.

AARIL IRUNDHU ARUPADHU VARAI - Another one from Rajinikanth, to remember, with 'Padabat' Jayalakshmi.

PASI - A film from Durai, in which Shobha excelled with her natural acting.

THILLU MULLU - Hilarious comedy riot in those days with Rajini & 'Thengai' Srinivasan.

VARUMAYIN NIRAM SIGAPPU - An issue of Unemployment and a soultion for it, beautifully brought by K.Balachandar with Kamal,Sridevi, SV.Sekhar.

AZHIYATHA KOLANGKAL - Issue of adolescence & infatuation, brought out by Balu Mahendra in a sensible manner.

MOONDRAM PIRAI - A classical combination of Balu Mahendra-Kamal-Sridevi-Ilayaraja. Another memorable one, being Great Kannadasan's last movie.

ENGEYO KETTA KURAL - Different Rajini again in the second half.

VAAZHVEE MAAYAM - Kamal with Sridevi/Sripriya/Ambika. After this movie, the meaning for 'beard' has changed completely.

THANEER THANEER - Realistic portrayal of the water scarcity at that time. K.B. again with Saritha & Radha ravi.

SIRAI - RC.Sakthi's handling of subject was unacceptable for few quarters at that time. But Lakshmi excelled here.

ACCHAMILLAI ACCHAMILLAI - You can call it a beginning of Political bashing. K.B. brought out the realism of political dramas thru Rajesh & Saritha.

PUTHUMAI PENN - Newly found Revathi excelled in this movie (immediately after her debut) of Bharathi Raja.

MUTHAL MARIYAATHAI - BharathiRaja made a casting coup here. Sivaji, Radha, Satyaraj, Vadivukkarasi - All in different roles. Excellent work from Ilayaraja too.

PUNNAGAI MANNAN - Another hit from K.B - Kamal combo.

UNNAL MUDIYUM THAMBI - Again K.B & Kamal, with the magic name 'Udhayamoorthy'. Eventhough, it was the remake of the award winning telugu movie 'Rudhra Veena' (Siranjeevi-Shobana by K.B), K.B - Kamal made it fresh.

MOUNA RAAGAM - No more words to describe this Maniratnam classic. Here enters a new creator.

SINDHU BHAIRAVI - Suhasini at her best with Sivakumar as 'JKB'. Another K.B-Ilayaraja classical combo.

POOVE POO CHOODA VAA - Padmini's return to the tamil cineworld was thru this neat movie. You got another decent actress Nadhiya here.

EN BOMMUKKUTTI AMMAVUKKU - Eventhough it was a malayalam remake of Fazil, he made it very neat for the tamil viewers.

VEDHAM PUDHITHU - Bharathirajaa handled Caste in a different way here. Satyaraj-Amala-Saritha were excellent.

VEEDU - Balu Mahendra - Archana combination rocked here with the realism. The thirst of owning a property.. no match to describe it, than this movie.

NAAYAGAN - Already classified as one of the best in world's top 100. What else to describe??

VAANAME ELLAI - Disappointment is not the end of the life. Well brought out by K.Balachandar in this youthful movie.

ANJALI - Maniratnam proved here that he can make not only versatile actors like Kamal to act, but also a 2-3 year old to emote very well.

POO VIZHI VASALILAE - You need to feel those frightened eyes of 'Baby' Sujitha of this movie. A nice thriller from Fazil.

After 1990 (27)

MICHAEL MADANA KAMA RAJAN - No more words to add to this comedy riot from Kamal-Singeetham combination.

KELADI KANMANI - We found a new versatile actor SP.Balasubramaniam in this great movie, directed by Vasanth. One & Only best movie from Vasanth.

ROJA - Remarkable introduction of a genius (ARR) to this world in a fantastic movie. Such a realistic one from Maniratnam.

GENTLEMAN - Shankar's new approach to present stories against the social evils, was received well. Indeed, a good Presentation.

THEVAR MAGAN - A great Bharathan movie with the Thespian and Kamal. Matched with the national award winner S.Janaki.

BOMBAY - Another Turmoil, beautifully told by Mani. Duly supported by AR.Rahman.

KIZAKKU CHEEMAIYILE - 'Paasamalar' again but with the village smell through out. Bharathirajaa got what he wanted from AR.Rahman.

MAHANADHI - Once again a movie which required lots of Tissue papers, which brought out the prison life realistically.

KURUTHI PUNAL - A remake of Govind Nihalni's 'dhrokkal' directed by PC.Sriram. a racy thriller.

INDIAN - Kamal with Shankar & AR.Rahman, aptly supported by Balakumaran's dialogues. Kalakitaanga..

BHARATHI KANNAMMA - Cheran's introduction to this tinsel town as a director on a strong social subject 'Caste'

HOUSEFULL - Parthipan's strong message against terroism, well brought out in this 2 hour fiction. (all happening in a theatre). Does anyone remember Vikram's role in this movie?

ANDHI MANDHAARAI - National award winner by Bharathiraja, duly supported by Vijaykumar.

KUTTI - Directed by Janaki Viswanathan, on the ill-treatment of innocent servant maids. That girl's fate in the climax was a sober one.

AVVAI SHANMUGI - Hilarious tamil version of 'Mrs.Doubtfire' which was presented perfectly by Ks.Ravikumar and Kamalhaasan. Nobody else other KS.R could have presented it better.

SATHI LEELAVATHI - Eventhough it was inspired by an English movie, Balu Mahendra's hilarious presentation was too good. Aptly suppoted by Kamal, Kovai Sarala & Kalpana.

HEY RAM - A bold attempt by Kamal, which needs an appreciation.

PADAYAPPA - The Great Rajini factor with Ramya Krishnan, once again by KS.Ravikumar.

SETHU - You got 'Cheeyan' Vikram in this movie. Everybody knows about this baby of Bala. So, I'm stopping here.

BHARATHI - A period movie amongst commercial movies, became a hit surprisingly. Kudos to its director-Cum-IAS officer Gnana Rajasekaran.

THE TERRORIST - Santosh Sivan's movie on terrorism.

AZHAGI - Different touch by Thankar Bacchan, with a perfect delivery by Nadita Das.

JAMEELA - The movie which didn't click in the box office, eventhough Ponn vannan attempted perfectly to show the lights on the Islamic rules.(particularly 'thalak')

PITHAMAGAN - The national award winner Vikram with Surya & Bala. Surprisingly, Laila acted (!!) in this movie.

ANBE SIVAM - A Surprise package from Sundar.C, since he joined Kamalhaasan & Madhavan to deliver this.

KANNATHIL MUTHAMITTAL - Once again Mani, this time on a different issue. Aptly supported by national award winner 'Baby'Keerthana (Parthipan's daughter) and Madhavan with Simran. (Off course, Nandita Das too!!!)

AUTOGRAPH - Cheran proved in this movie once again with a subdued portrayal. Glad that it was duly recognised by the National Awards Committee.

hmmmm.................let me breathe!!!! You can take some rest......

Now fill this gap of 15

Before 1970s

UTHAMA PUTHIRAN - Inspired by the English movie 'The man in the Iron Mask'. Sivaji directed by Sridhar (pl.correct me, if I am wrong about the director!!)

SERVER SUNDARAM - A nice movie penned by K.B.

MAJOR CHANDRAKANTH - Another Drama, which brought a versatile actor 'Major' Sundarrajan. (who took the surname from the movie)

SAADHU MIRANDAAL - Another one from Nagesh

NEER KUMIZHI - Nagesh again as a patient. Less comedy, still a touching one

THEIVA MAGAN - Sivaji in 3 roles.

THIRUVIZHAYADAL - Great mythical movie. We have learnt a lots of religious things from this movie. Not to forget 'Tharumi' Nagesh.

ULAGAM SUTRUM VAALIBAN - MGR brought Japan's world Expo at that time in a colorful manner. (including Singapore, Malaysia,Thailand etc.,)

UYAIRNTHA MANITHAN - Sivaji & 'Major' excelled here in their acting.

Between 1970-1990

NOOLVELI - Does anyone remember this movie in which SarathBabu, Sujatha & Saritha acted?

RAAJA PAARVAI - Made in attempt by Kamal in production. Singeetham with the megaphone in his hands.

PALAIVANACHOLAI - A movie on the friendship and not love.

ALAIGAL OYIVATHILLAI - New generation of love stories started hitting the shore after this.

MANN VAASANAI - The name itself makes you to smell the content of the movie, isn't it? Fantastic introduction of Asha Keelluni, sorry Revathi.

VITHI - Surprise hit from K.Balaji's production camp. Good performance by Poornima and Sujatha.

MANA KANAKKU - A realistic movie on the behind-the-scenes activities of 'kollywood' at that time. RC.Sakthi brought out the real talent of Radha & Ambika in this movie.

After 1990

SANTHIYA RAAGAM - BaluMahendra again with Archana, Chokkalinga Bagahavadar & Banuchandar.

PRIYANKA - A remake of Meenakshi Seshadri's 'Damini'. Good delivery by Revathy and Prabu.

KARUTHAMMA - Different movie once again from BharathiRaaja on the killings of infant girl babies in the southern part of our state. Duly supported by AR.Rahman, eventhough Ananda Vikatan reviewed the music as a 'Pomeranian Dog in a village'.

MOHA MUL - A movie which introduced an IAS officer (Gnana Rajasekaran) into the movie world. Archana Joglekar and Abhishek (of 'Kolangkal') in the lead.

KAADHALUKU MARIYADHAI - Fazil brought out the talents of Vijay and Shalini in a fantastic way. His favourite Ilayaraja duly supported by him.

PORKAALAM- Cheran's movie on giving life to a handicapped.

VETRI KODI KATTU - A positive movie from Cheran directing those guys with overseas dreams.

OORUKKU NOORU PER - The movie which fetched the best director national award for the editor B.Lenin.

NANBA NANBA - A movie which brought the best supporting actor national award to Chandrashekar.

KATHAL KONDEN - Dhanush in a different role and shed the lights on a new director Selvaraghavan.

KAAKKA KAAKKA - Fantastic screenplay brought another director Gautam Menon under the lights. Surya at his best.

VIRUMAANDI - Needn't describe much about Kamal & Pasupathy.

KAMARAJ - Unfortunately, this movie on this great leader didn't succeed in the box office. Richard Madhuram as Kamaraj wasexcellent.

KAADHAL - Another realistic movie which spelt out the emotions beautifully and practically. Good music by Joshua Sridhar.

hey.. Tamil movie industry has churned out so many memorable movies, isn't it? So, if you need some more options, pl.go to this link to get another 125!!!

Specifically excluded Dubbed movies - which were also good.

If you had the energy to come upto this level, pl. finish this post (dated 01-Aug) as well, which has the final 15 selected by many of the bloggers.

150th post

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Interesting ADs

Enjoy few award winning advertisements... (some of you might have had the opportunity to view them already)

Just a 'Hi' to Mom with a brightened tooth, thru this.

How long can we stay alive with an energetic yoghurt?Jus check out here.

Telecom Italia brings in Gandhi, for everyone of the world - Great honour for non-violence. I am sharing the same here.

How far can you depend on the Heavy Duty Tool? Will it be this much?

149th post

Tuesday, July 19, 2005


(thanglish format and approx. English translation in the 'dream bubbles' section)

பள்ளி வயதில்
ஓர் ஐயம்

மெலிதான காந்தம்
வலிதான இரும்பைக்
கவர்கிறதே என?

கல்லூரி வயதில்
ஓர் தெளிவு

மயில்விழி உந்தன்
காந்தப் பார்வை
என் இரும்பு மனதைக்
'கவர்ந்த'தும் ('கவிழ்த்த'தும்!!!)

148th post

Monday, July 18, 2005

Sense of achievement

Imagine this situation. You explain something to someone [may be a difficult concept for the recipient, but Tirunelveli halwa(!!) for you] and the recipient understands it fully & shows the results as you expect. When you get the positive results, you feel elated as if you achieved that task. This need not be felt in big projects alone. You get that feeling, out of small incidents as well.

When your kid does it, there is no limit to the joy.. Take some difficult mathematical concept (in your kid's view) like Division or LCM or GCD, which may be easier one for you. You explain the concept in full and the kid feeds into his mind. When the kid performs well in the school and shows you the result, you will beam like anything (as if you personally achieved it).

Myself and my better-half used to have this experience when our Son delivers what we want. My wife's facial expression of last week, after seeing one of his subject results, prompted me to post this. There was an absolute sense of relief & achievement on her face.

Think the other way around...

If it doesn't go into the recipient's mind, you feel vexed because of your inability to feed your thoughts. It would be like fighting against a wall. You may feel so desperate, that you may be in the verge of anger. After a gap, you may restart again from the beginning. (Doesn't this situation resemble like 'Vaazaipazalak kathai' in 'Karakaatakkaran'?)

I hope each one of you might have had this experience with your friends (while studying or discussing generally) or with your colleagues / subordinates (in your workplace), while inculcating your views. Do you get the sense of achievement most of the time? (even if your thoughts have been understood, that's Ok..no need for further execution). Or is it like the 'Vaazaipazalk kathai' mostly (I mean, the other way around)?

Atleast, you should have the recipient's expeience - In that case, do you make the feeder(!) satisfied or vexed?

147th post

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Weekend Observations...

Samurai Vs Anniyan

Happened to watch the weekend movie 'Samurai' in SUN TV. Since, it was directed by Balaji Sakthivel (of 'kathal' fame) and I had not watched it earlier. Otherwise, I don't stick to SUN TV weekend movies normally. I was just wondering about the execution of the story. The story line was similar to 'Gentleman', 'Indian' and even 'Anniyan', where Hero takes on the corrupt politicians , triggered by the death of his beloved. Except in few places, the movie was tight with some nice songs too. Being an assistant of Shankar, you could see his guru's style everywhere. Good performance by Vikram, indeed.

But, still the movie didn't click in the B.O. The lady luck had shunned both Balaji & Vikram at that time, since it got released immediately after Ajith's 'Citizen' on a similar line. (however 'Ramana' by Murugadoss which was on the similar line, succeeded.. is it because of Vijaykanth's 'enakku pidikatha...' dialogue??).

It seems, the public will accept only if Shankar's stuff is recycled by Shankar himself and not by his assistant. Probably it might have been, due to the absence of 'Anniyan's richness here!!! (inspite of production by Mani's AALAYAM). I felt more attached to 'Samurai' while watching, rather than 'Anniyan'.

Sheer luck!!!

[Pic Courtesy: Idlebrain.com]

Unworthy Appreciation

SUN TV's review of 'Chinna' (Arjun, Sneha) was hilarious. As usual, I could expect a positive review of the movie. OK, there might have been some portions of the movie which need to be appreciated. I agree. But Ratna's appreciation towards a peppy song was farce. When she mentioned it as a nicely executed song, I expected a nice one and was shown the footage of this song.

Kaalang Kaathaley Imsai pannadhe....

The music by Imman may be a foot tapping one. But not the lyrics by Pazhani Bharathi. We know that Sundar.C does all these things for commercial reasons. But my opinion is that while reviewing, Ratna should have ignored her comments for this song. Lyrics too count, for an appreciable song.
146th post

Friday, July 15, 2005

Let the Pictures talk

Another weekend, enjoy!!!!!

145th post

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Kathalaal Kasinthurugi.... (காதலால் கசிந்துருகி...)

Is there anyway to copyright the above title? I heard that people are vying for it, for their next romantic movie. (before even I posted this, I came to know about those hunters!!!)

Don't judge me by the title of this post... I never had that experience personally, eventhough I had seen instances whereby friends got into the love-web. Few even got married!!! Eventhough, I am not keeping in touch with them at the moment, I trust their post-marriage life is as romantic as their love life.

Coming to the subject... If a romantic story is well shot without much (!!) flaws, I used to get trapped into the movie. I used to feel happy for the lead pair if they get united and very depressed, if not (same as when a hero wins over the bad-guys like Kamal's Apoorva Sagotharargal or Vikram's Dhool). Since I didn't include any major romantic flicks in my last two weeks 10 best movies (Overall & Comedy), I thought of listing down some memorable romances which I had encountered on the screen.

Missiamma - A romantic hit of those days by Savithri and Gemini. Does anyone remember 'Vaaraayo Vennilaavae..' song? Hopefully, everybody does...

Kalyana Parisu - Sridhar's debut movie with a big star cast of Nageshwara Rao-Gemini-Saroja devi. Still I can remember those family fights of Thangavelu-M.Saroja (might have listened to it more than 100 times). A romantic as well as hilarious movie.

Then Nilavu - Once again Sridhar with Gemini. But this time with Vaijayanthimala. No one can forget that 'Paatu Paada Vaa' song and the scenic Kashmir of those days. Another memorable flick.

Thillana Mohanambal - Inspite of all the commercial ingredients in it, I can classify this as a romantic comedy. Nicely emoted by Padmini & the Thespian (eventhough few scenes were over the board). Baalayya's actions in the first temple song ('Marinthirunthee parkkum...') followed by the train sequences were hilarous ones.

Varusham 16 - A fantastic remake of a malayalam hit by Fazil. I was so depressed when Kushboo was killed in the climax.. Still I watched it couple of times, due to the way it was narrated.

Kaadhaluku Mariyadhai - Vijay proved in this movie that he can really emote well. Shaalini's promotion to a full fledged heroine in this movie proved to be a correct decision. Eventhough the second half was dragging a bit, the superb finish made me to ignore those portions. No match to IR's composition for 'Ennai Thaalaata Varuvaala..."

Kushi - Another egoist story well presented. Eventhough, the director reveals in the beginning about the fate of the lead pair, the screen play was etched beautifully without making you bored. Travel of Friendship to love with lots of ego. If you ignore Jyotika's branded mannerisms at times, it is a great movie to watch. A subdued portrayal by Vijay, nicely supported by Deva. One of my favourite song in this movie is "Mottu Ondru Malarnthida thudikkum.....".

Kannedhire Thondrinaal - A nice theme on the confrontation of friendship & love. Neatly portrayed by Prashanth, Karan and Simran. It is hard to find flaws in this movie with a tight screenplay. That had really impressed me. How many of you are aware of this? I made a post on its director Ravichandran here.

Alai Payuthae - Eventhough 'n' of movies had come out on the life after love marriage, this movie has its own mark. ManiRatnam. He brought out the reality in such a nice way, that even final romantic care of Arvind Swamy on Kushboo was impressive (eventhough it was for few minutes). AR.Rahman's wonderful tunes, added beautiful colors to this flick.
Dum Dum Dum - A surprise love story from Mani's disciple AlagamPerumal. Romance was nicely blended with comedy & sentiments, in an appreciable proportion. The Real romance starts only after the second half and was aptly supported by Karthik Raja. After listening to the songs, you will wonder as to why such a talent is not getting a chance.

As usual I can list many more romantic flicks which I enjoyed. Some of you may choose from that list also and may even bring out somemore. Enjoy by sharing your romantic movies as well. Some of those interested me were, Vaazhkai (vaijanthimala), Kuzanthaiyum Theivamum (Jaisankar, Jamuna), Sumathi En Sundhari (Sivaji, Jayalalitha), Solla Thaan Ninaikiraen (Sivakumar), Ooty varai uravu, Vasantha Maaligai, Nizhagal, Raaja Paarvai, vaazhvee Maayam, Payanangal Mudivathillai, Alaigal Oyivathillai, Kadalora Kavithaigal, Nadodi Thendral, Bombay, Kaadhal Kottai, Jeans, Run, 7G Rainbow colony, Kaathal and so on.

Will you include Rajini's 'Naan Adimai Illai' (Sridevi) and 'Un Kannil Neer Vazinthal' (Madhavi) as romantic movies? (Eventhough they were not hits in the B.O.)

I have specifically excluded Kathir's Idhayam, Endrum Anbudan, Kaadhal Desam, Kaadhalar Thinam, Kaadhal Virus, since I was never impressed with his presentation. BTW.. does anyone remember his 'Endrum Anbudan' (Murali&Heera)?

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Accounting Terms - Taught here!!!

My friend SAM who is a lecturer for CPA students here, had the following lines framed & placed it in a prominent corner of his house. I modified it little bit, hope he doesn't mind!! Incidentally, everything boils down to accounting knowledge... So, enjoy it with that spirit.


I will credit you my Love
Hope you will debit me
with your Love

I will post journal entries
In My Heart Ledger
And will bring down the Balance
And double rule the amount

Balance will be extended
To the worksheet of our Romance
Adjusting entries, My Dear
will make our love forever

Closing entries, My Dearest
Will take us to the Trial Balance
That Statement will show
We are meant for each other

If our Balance of Love
Will be one and the same,
Our Balance Sheet will show
Our Strengths and Weaknesses

Dear, Accounting is finished
Let us see our P & L statement
To see the ROI, I mean
The Yield of our Love.....

Oh my Goodness, three boys
________ , ______ & _______ !!!!

BTW... are you guys, taking home some Accounting terms out of the above???

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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Beware of those Odd creatures!!!

Recently got a chance to read about an extra-ordinary soul... before reaching him, just go thru some of my scribblings too.. Whether it is in a job or in an academical institute, we need to move with seniors or tutors. Hopefully you would have encountered any one of the following personalities.

1) The magnanimous person who is very nice to you and is forthcoming in clarifying your doubts. These people give futher advices voluntarily for improvement in our work.

2) Those who accept us as too complicated and doesn't enter into our territory. They just let us present our findings and reports, untouched. Either it must be because of confidence on us or due to less confidence on themselves to handle it.

3) There is another set of people, who don't pass on any work related info to us voluntarily. We need to go, beg and pull information from them to develop our career. If you have capability to extract, you survive in the game. Otherwise, you will be classfied as dumb.

4) There exists this dangerous category who doesn't allow you to go up after knowing your skills. They delegate things to you and will be waiting for you to complete your work. Once it is ready, it will be snatched from you and presented to the Management without giving due credits to you.

Nowadays, many project results are achieved due to teamwork. So, snatching cannot be done visibly there. But still recognition of your efforts depend on your seniors presentation to the management. So, you need to pray for your luck too. I presume that in entertainment sectors these attitudes are more prevalent & rampant... whether it is stealing of one's story, lyrics, music etc., Musclemen wins over the weak people. (Mohanlal's recent Malayalam hit 'Udayananu Tharam' is on this line only)

How about the medical services? Do you think your ability will be overshadowed by some high profile personality tactics? Eventhough it is possible,it cannot continue for long nowadays. Talents are spotted quickly in this medical industry and brought out to the light soon.

But it seems Mr.Hamilton Naki, was unlucky in those days. He was the black surgeon who was behind the worlds' first recepient of a transplanted human heart. But his contribution to the field was overshadowed by the apartheid laws and never revealed (immediately!!) by the chief surgeon Mr.Christian Barnard. Eventhough, Mr.Naki was recognised & honoured at the end of his life, it was too late for he earned less than what he contributed to the society. Here is the article which I read on this great soul, which ignited me to make this post.

As I said earlier, your fate is determined by your luck of getting a kind superior. You may also be one of the above personalities while your Junior approaches you. Pl. note.... and take care of your juniors.

So far, I have not experienced the fourth personality alone.. in my graph. Hopefully, I would never.

Related reads
Job Transition - Where are you now?
Undisclosed Destination Zone

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Monday, July 11, 2005


(thanglish format and approx. English translation in the comments section)

நான் ரசித்த
பட்டு ரோஜா .....

ஒரு சிறு
மொட்டோடு ....

(பல நாட்களாக என் மனதில் இருந்த வரிகளுக்கு உருவம் கொடுக்க சில பல புகைப்படங்களைத் தேடி, சிக்கியவை தான் இவை. பாடல் வரிகளுக்கு பெரும்பாலும் மெட்டமைத்த அந்தக் காலம் போய் மெட்டுக்கு பாடல் எழுதும் இக்காலம் போலத் தான், என் வரிகளுக்கு புகைப்படம் கிடைத்த கதையும்)

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Sunday, July 10, 2005

Amber... now Red

In the intial years of my stay in Singapore, I hated the Bus drivers a lot. Normally I get into the public transport in a hurried fashion. The bus drivers never understood my urgency (to reach office in time) and used to stop at every signal & every bus-stop (!!!). Always they slowed down while approaching the junction, anticipating an amber signal. They used air-horns rarely and waited patiently one behind another.
These things were surprising to me (sometimes irritating), since it was absolutely contrary to my Chennai experience then. But slowly, I started loving that discipline. Reason, they were doing what they were supposed to do without violations. That road discipline streamlined the traffic better.

When the motorists do it, most of the pedestrians are also forced to follow rules for using the signals and platforms. That would be a cool sight when you are a driver. It makes you to drive freely (assuming you follow the rules as well). Most of the pedestrians follow, with exceptions (like those who used to cross the road in 'Little India' by weekends, even if there is no 'green' for them).

During my last trip to Chennai, I had observed that the discipline is worser than before, due to the explosion of no. of vehicles. Will 'Anniyan' do what the authorities were unable to do? (I mean disciplining the motorists). It would be hard to say.. since the authorities need to develop the infrastructure, remove platform occupancies and do a lot more first, before penalising those who don't follow rules.... I am still dreaming for it to happen.

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Friday, July 08, 2005

Victims, but still Exotic

I got this pic recently, claiming that this 'island tree' is located in one of the Tsunami hit Andaman & Nicobar islands. Not sure about the authenticity of the info. But when I got it, I recollected my memory of visiting another Tsunami hit island, few years back.

That's nothing but the 'Phi-Phi Island' in Phuket. They call it as 'Jamesbond Island' also. You know, why? It seems the Jamesbond movie 'The man with the Golden Gun' starts on this. Does anyone recall from your cine brain? I have never seen that movie, so I cannot vet it. This island features in few tamil movie songs (!!) as well. Vikraman's 'Unnai Ninaithu' (Surya-Sneha) and Sarath's recent 'Chatrapathi' are those.. Do you recall?

Nobody can climb on this. This is just a showpiece. When Tsunami hit this tiny island, more tourists were stranded on the nearby land (from where I shot this pic) for more no. of hours till the rescue team reached the place. If the tragedy which struck this place in Dec-04, had preponed its trip few years back .....(again in Dec), I would not have joined this blogging club (!!). Otherwise, if I need to talk it out positively, I might have posted more positive things about life.

Recently I heard thru my travel agent friends, that they are back into business aggressively .

Life goes on... So, pl. enjoy the day-week-month-years-'on the whole' Life ahead. Pl. don't get depressed about the incidents of last few days / weeks. Past is past. Let us go ahead together positively.

Have a nice weekend, friends....
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Thursday, July 07, 2005

Siriththu Vaazha Vendum


The above was the starting line of a famous song in MGR's 'Ullagam Sutrum Vaaliban'. (remember 'chikku mangu chikku mangu chikku paappaa..."). That is 100% true. Definitely laughing releases our stress levels to a great extent. There is another great tamil proverb "Vaai vittuch chirithaal nooi vittup pokum" which implies driving away the dieseases / agonies with the loud enjoyable laugh. How far we follow that?

Eventhough it is easy to enjoy and laugh, it is difficult to make others laugh. Not everybody can do it. Sometimes, I try to create a humourous atmosphere, which may not even evoke a smile. Considering this, we need to appreciate the technicians (the script / dialogue writers) who create hilarious situations in movies. Charlie Chaplin did it even without dialogues, which Kamal tried in 'Pesum Padum' and succeeded.

For a long time, it's the common trend to add bits of comedy scenes as an essential ingredient in most of our Indian movies (now, even if the character is unrelated to the story). If that itself is entertaining, consider the wholesome entertainment with 70-90% of hilarious script. I had enjoyed several clean(!!) comedy movies. I didn't include Comedy movies in my last week's 'My best 10 Tamil movies', without any particular reason. Somehow, I thought of making a post separately. So, here comes my list. This is what I perceive as 10 great comedies - complete entertainment without much silly moments.

Adutha Veetu Penn - A Good comedy of the old generation with TR.ramachandran, Thangavelu and a lot more.

Arivaali - A comedy riot from the versatile Sivaji, Bhanumathi, Thangavelu & Muthulakshmi. Who can forget that 'Chappathi making' sequence by Muthulakshmi, in which she repeatedly says 'Athaan thaan theriyume' and finally ends with "Athaane theriyathu'. Even now, it is a worthy watch.

Bhama Vijayam - No one can beat Baalayya in that Dad's role. The assortment was a complete one and I had watched this drama couple of times. Nice one from K.Balachander.

Veetukku Veedu - An entertaining drama from Jaisankar, Muthuraman, Nagesh, Lakshmi. If I am not wrong, this drama was from K.B. Pl.correct me, if I am wrong. This was copied "ditto" lateron to a new movie few years back (With Ramki & Vivek.. What's the name??? hmmm...).

Kaathalikka Neramillai - Nagesh & Baalayya stole the show completely in this Romantic comedy. Do you want to see the 'story telling sequence', immediately? It is a worth watch, even now.

Mazhalai Pattalam - Does anyone remember this comedy of Vishnuvardhan & Sumitra? I enjoyed it a lot.

Thillu Mullu - Amol Palekar's role in "Gol Maal" was superbly carried out by our Rajini in this wholesome entertainer. (nicely accompanied by 'Thengai' Srinivasan and Viji, sister of actress Saritha)

Micheal Madana Kama Rajan - As Arvind had mentioned that he has watched it over 100 times, it is a worthy watch. It was an absolute comedy riot (particulary 'Kameswaran' with Oorvasi), leaving apart the 'dappa' set in the climax.

Avvai Shanmugi - Superb remake of 'Mrs.Doubtfire'. A good combination of actors with Kamal, Manivannan, Delhi Ganesh, Nagesh, Naasar and even Gemini Ganesan. 100% family entertainer.

Sathi Leelavathi - No one can deliver those "kovai" slangs other than Kamal & Sarala in this laugh riot. The climax deliveres by Kalpana as well, were enjoyable.

There are so many other comedy movies which I had enjoyed, which were not shortlisted in the above list. I am listing down those, which I identified already...

Anubavi Raja Anubavi (Nagesh in dual role), Kalyanam Panniyum Brahmachari (Sivaji-TRR), Moondru Theivangkal (Sivaji, Muthuraman, Nagesh), Kaase Thaan Kadavulada (Nagesh, 'thengai'...), Sabaash Meena, Sabapathy (TRR), Indru Poi Naalai Vaa (Bhagyaraj), Manal kayiru (Visu), Aan Paavam (Pandiyarajan), My Dear Marthandan (Goundamani in 'Coming to America' copy), Nadigan (Satyaraj in hindi 'Bramachari' ulta), Magalir Mattum (Oorvasi), Kaalam Maari Pocchu (Vadivelu), Kamal in Simla Special (with SV.Sekar), Thenaali, Panchathanthiram and Rajini in Thambikku Endha Ooru, Raajadhi Raaja, Guru Sishyan, Mannan, Muthu.

Your views....
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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Mars Vs Venus

[read this thru completely, so that you will be eligible for the final voting...., otherwise your vote will be rejected!!! :-) :-)]

Eventhough this imaginery signboard is hilarious, it made to me think for a while... It looked like an age-old cartoon, not suitable for today's trend.

@ Are the males so careless & inefficient, in odd jobs?
@ Do the Women work around all the time, efficiently?
@ Aren't both the genders diversified into all the professsions?
Nowadays, males & females get equal opportunities to excel everywhere.. atleast, the trend is improving and encouraging, if not fully followed. Leave apart certain parts of the world, where dominance or stamping is still existing. I mean the stamping like "this is what you are supposed to do -- this is what I will do"
Let us get into my introspection!!! I identified 4 different set of people.
Equal Opportunity
Most of the MNCs have become Equal-Opportunity employers, whereby both the genders get equal preferences. The opposite genders have started coming up in the male dominant industries like Designing, Engineering,Aeronautics, Movies etc., and the female dominant areas like Cooking, Housekeeping & Pleasure-industry (Trying to find a better word for this "---" industry). But immediate industry dominance by the opposite gender is not going to happen quickly.
Naive giving in
There is one section where one gender gives in completely to the other gender's dominance. They always feel that the opposite gender is better than them. It happens at my home itself. I always give up cooking, since my wife does better than me. (doesn't mean that I cook badly!!). The same way she gives up some areas in the family management. No interest in taking up additional responsibilities.

I have come across another set of people, who always like to excel in whatever they do. Whether making some tasty 'sambhar', changing diapers (I was an expert here), cleaning vessels (bachelors know better).. where males generally score poor marks. You have a new generation of females who excel in all the fields they enter. Like this girl...
Dominance Plays
There is another horrible section of people (particularly males) who categorically deny chances for females to swap the jobs - I mean male chauvinists, who think females are supposed to do only house chores and they are born for that. Eventhough, these kind of thoughts are coming down in developed countries, they are still prevalent in several parts of Indian and Chinese communities. It may take a long time to amend these people's mind.

Since the above cartoon was on a male,
Female bloggers - What do/did you expect out of the opposite gender?
My Gender bloggers - How do you want to present yourself?
Now the voting.....starts.

Candidate.1 - Who gives equal opportunities to females to show their skills.
Candidate.2 - Who is naive and doesn't do anything - because he accepts that the opposite gender is better than him.
Candidate.3 - Who does everything as 'sakala kala vallavan' (like 'all-in-all' alaguraj) without leaving a chance for the opposite gender to excel.
Candidate.4 - Who dictates that, "this what a female is supposed to do" (I believe no body will vote for him, since there is a open ballot box!!!)
I believe candidate no.1 will do better and candidate no.4 will be the loser!! Want to Bet????
Did I diversify too much from the start to the end? Or has it become one sided?
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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

பண்ட மாற்றம்



நீ கேட்காமலே
நான் உனக்கு

நான் கேட்பதை
நீ எனக்கு

Pic courtesy: www.hindunet.org

மேற்கூறிய கவிதை பிறக்கக் காரணம், பின்வரும் நிகழ்ச்சி....

கடந்த நவம்பரில் இந்தியா சென்ற போது, எங்கள் குலதெய்வக் கோயிலுக்குச் சென்றிருந்தேன். அங்கேயிருந்த ஒரு எழுத்துப்பலகை என்னைக் கவர்ந்திழுத்தது. காரணம், அதில் எழுதப்பட்டிருந்த அபிஷேகப் பொருட்களும் அதன் பலன்களுமே.

அபிஷேகப் பலன்கள்

1. நல்லெண்ணெய் - சுகம்
2. மாப்பொடி - கடன் நீக்கம்
3. மஞ்சள் பொடி- வசீகரம்
4. நெல்லி முள்ளி - வியாதி நிவர்த்தி
5. சர்க்கரை - பகைவன் நீக்கம்
6. பஞ்சாமிர்தம் - புஷ்டி
7. பால் - ஆயுள் விருத்தி
8. தயிர் - புத்திரப் பேறு
9. நெய் - அறிவு
10. தேன் - இராக விருத்தி
11. கருப்பஞ் சாறு - வாக்கு வண்ணம்
12. எலுமிச்சம் பழம் - சத்ரு நாசம்
13. நாரத்தை - நேர் வழியாக செல்லுதல்
14. இளநீர் - சம சீதோஷணம்
15. சந்தனம் - இலக்குமி கடாட்சம்
16. ஸ்நபனம் - எல்லா வித நன்மை, அமைதி

எங்கேயாவது இதை எழுதி வைக்க வேண்டும் என நினைத்திருந்தேன். ஆனால், பின்னர் மறந்துவிட்டேன். சமீபத்தில் என் அப்பாவை எழுதியனுப்பச் சொல்லி இங்கு பதிந்துள்ளேன். இந்த மாதிரி சமயப் பழக்க வழக்கங்களின் மேல் சமீப காலமாக ஏற்பட்டுள்ள நம்பிக்கையே இதற்குக் காரணம்.
ஒரு சந்தேகம்... 'ஸ்நபனம்' என்பதற்கு அர்த்தம் என்னவோ? என் அப்பாவின் எழுத்துப் பிழையா? அல்லது என் தமிழ் அறிவின் குறைந்த அளவா? Help, please....
(does it need thanglish version? I doubt, since this may not be for those who understand in thanlish format only. Still, I am giving it in the comments section)
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Monday, July 04, 2005

My Own Castle

I had never got a chance to involve directly in building a house - I mean from the scratch to the complete one. Being an apartment here in Singapore, I didn't have the feeling yet. But, I had seen my Dad working tirelessly to accomplish his target. He enjoyed each & every stage of the construction - irrespective of foundation, any additions etc.,
The pity is, I didn't have a chance to build even castles on the river beds / beaches. I moved to Chennai after my college days, with an aim of building ambitions (not castles). I knew that, building castles in the Marina Beach is an awesome experience (I mean, at an appropriate age)... But, I can count the occassions of our visit there.. so limited.

Nowadays also, the chances are very limited. May be due to non-availability of exotic beaches or lack of time on my side. But my son is always crazy about those sand-castle play sets, which the neighbour kids (!!) have. Even if he doesn't have a chance to visit beach, he will play with those kids in the nearby playground.

This pic was taken during one of our winter holidays. My son was so excited when I too joined him in building some forts (do they look like?) I convinced him..that they are forts. We also built the canals connecting those little kingdoms. At the end, I realised the joy of finishing a mammoth construction project.
I'm not sure when I will get a chance for a real construction project, considering the booming prices in India. Whenever it is, I am just waiting for it .... to get involved as my Dad did.

BTW...Are you able to identify the beach, in that pic? (not India)
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Sunday, July 03, 2005

Lonely island

He didn't know how long he was lying in that boat. Her soft touch made him to come to senses and the real world. She helped him to come out of that calm sea and took him to the deep jungle.

She was the only soul in that island. He didn't even question whether she reached that place like him. He was not in a state to ask such a question.

He couldn't recollect his past memories and he didn't want to (!!!). The way she took care of him & his injuries, made him to fall for her immediately. So, what's the need to think about the past? He felt that she was also emoting in the same way, as he did.

But, somebody telling something.. he could recognise that voice. Just listened carefully..."Take the cycle and go to the nearby shop to buy some milk". But, where to get the cycle and where the shop is, in this lonely island? He shrugged that voice away.. He took her in his arms and started going around the jungle with some nice music (!!). Oh...those rain drops added some more, to those moments. He wiped out those drops and continued walking.....

Somebody started shaking him wildly and she disapppeared suddenly.....

Oh..no.. I got up from my bed. Mom was just standing beside me with a cup of water to sprinkle further. This used to be a happening several years back (eventhough not regular). The background would change, events would change and somehow I would be disturbed at the climax. They were all nothing but the effect of movies once again......

When I observed the above pic in 'The Economist' last week, this dream of mine came to my mind. I'm just wondering about the use of reading magazines...."Economist" is for reading some useful facts, isn't it?

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Friday, July 01, 2005

One more Weekend bit


Rome Vs Singapore

This is not a football match. Just another hilarious match.. Check it out here. I am just wondering about our temple streets in Madurai, Srirangam, Kancheepuram etc., where we can see 'n' no. of these vehicles..... !!! Any efforts gone behind them???

This is the Roman Chariot......

Ad Space - Any scarcity?

Nowaday's there is no limit to the creativity and aggressiveness of the Ad agencies. Check this out, for details. Some of you might have stumbled upon this news already.....
We have seen fans tattooing their 'God's names like this... Can we also see Coke-Pepsi ads like this in Chingara Chennai?
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Weekend Treat --- Enshaaii


Those who are in India and those who can watch Vijay TV anywhere else, can enjoy this interview on Sunday.
Pl. check out here for the details...
I am one of the unfortunate, who cannot watch it......


Watch closely..
Hey.... he is none other than the great US President George Bush.
If you don't like this face, you can change the way you want.... just visit this and change the menus given. Clicking the 'Random' icon gives you some hilarious pics. (all combinations offered by them.....).
It seems this was created, before last November presidential elections. Just a thought.. So, I am sharing with you.
But why always George Bush? I pity him, sometimes.

BTW.. Don't miss the next post on the Top 10 Tamil movies, if you had not seen it earlier.
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