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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Re-Visit to 'Kodambakkam'

[If you are not a keen reader of this post, don't miss the next post. Even if you read thru this and share your views, don't miss the next terrible post].

The post title is not to mislead you that I am visiting my residence ('pettai') soon.

This post is on the upcoming tamil release 'Kodambakkam' which is once again on the issues of the southern tinsel town.

Yes..Director Jagan, who couldn't register his mark in his first venutre 'Puthiya Geethai' inspite of attractive casting of Vijay, Meera Jasmine & Amisha Patel, is back with a storyline on the agonies of an Assistant Director. This time he has entrusted more hopes on his story plus 'Punnagai Poove' Nanda, Diya (surprisingly as a village belle) and TejaShri.

The nearby pic taken at a photo shoot, doesn't really reveal an agonised assistant director's plight. However, I remember seeing some pics in 'Vikatan' few months back, which looked realistic with the hero with a cycle, walking on the streets... (!!). Trust the director really comes out with a nice story package, instead of depending merely on an attractive title. I have also realised that the Director (who was an assistant to Cheran earlier) has roped in several directors like Cheran, P.Vasu for certain director roles in the movie.

There were many movies released earlier on the tinsel town stories. Most of them made a mark in B.O. office, except few. I have listed some of them, from our DBI team's database. If you recollect some more, pl. share with me....

I can start with 'Raman Ethanai Ramanadi' which had Sivaji, KR.Vijaya & Muthuraman in the lead roles. I believe this movie which revolved around a humble village guy becoming big as an actor, along with his personal turmoils, was a big hit. (Pl. correct me, if you observe anything contrarily here..)

'Meendum Kokila' was an instant hit, with its comedy scenes and glamorous Deepa (the actress), Homely Sridevi & Kamal. I can still remember the scenes involving 'tossing of the seedai's at the shooting spot and 'Chinnanj Siru vayadhil...' song. Even now,it is a watchable movie.

Sujatha's novel turned movie 'Priya' based on the kidnapping of a film actress (Sridevi) and her rescue by our hero (Rajini) didn't talk much about the agonies of the film technicians. It just relied on the adventure portion of the story and used the glamour of the industry.

Nobody can forget 'Natchathiram' with Sripriya in the leading role. The movie was all about the struggles of a young lady who comes up in the movie industry as a leading actress, inspite of her personal problems. Being a subject on the glamour industry, many of leading stars did a cameo in this movie.. you can name them.. Sivaji, Rajini, Kamal etc.,

'Kallukkul Eeram' by BharathiRaja focussed on the industry from a different angle with so many new faces like Vijayashanthi, Aruna etc., Eventhough the movie didn't click in the Box office, BharathiRaja registered his face with a role in this movie.

'Manak Kanakku' by R.C.Sakthi, wouldn't have been noticed by many of you guys. As I had mentioned in some of my earlier posts, Ambika and Radha had really performed in this movie, which had a good story line on the personal lives of some film technicians. Rajesh was also in the cast. It had a decent run, eventhough I am not sure about the producer's coffers.

K.Bhagyaraj presented kollywood in a sugar coated story in 'Thaavani Kanavugal', where an unemployed youth becomes a movie hero unexpectedly and succeeds in his life. There were so much of expectations out of this movie, since it had Sivaji Ganesan and it was released just after 'Mundhaanai Mudichu'. But it didn't click that well in the B.O. as expected.

I remember, watching a junk movie named 'Cinema Cinema' as well, in which they ridiculed the actresses who don't know anything. They used to cut and paste the photos of the dance movements of the heroine and used to edit it continuously to show as if she dances. [In the recent days, directors don't bother whether the heroines really dance well or not. They manage to show some extravagant settings or nicely composed songs, to makeup the poor dancing skills of heroines.. like Vindhiya's in 'Sangamam' and Sada's in 'Anniyan']

'Kandukonden KanduKonden' in its glittering package had an aspiring youth, who wants to win the directorial race in the tinsel town. Eventhough, Kodambakkam played only a small part in the movie, Ajith and Pooja Batra played it out very well. It was a hit, not because of the story link to the tinsel town, but becuase of the glittering casting coup -- Aishwarya Rai, Tabu, Mamooty & AR.Rahman.

'Vinnukkum Mannukkum' which had Devayani as an actress, directed by her lover (at that time) husband Rajakumaran, failed miserably in B.O. - inspite of the leading cast Sarathkumar, Vikram & Kushboo. Anyhow, the true love story started in this movie....

The recent flick 'Maha Nadigan' was the height of all the hits, which ridiculed everyone in the industry. Satyaraj's dependence on his funny comedy and glamour girls Namitha & Mumtaz, favoured the movie to click in the B.O. So far, I didn't have a chance to see this yet....

Apart from the above movies, you had 'n' no. of other movies, where the hero or heroine used to play a small part in tinsel town.. like Bama Vijayam (Rajyashri), Payanangkal Mudivathillai (Mohan), Naan Paadum Paadal (Ambika), Raaja paarvai (kamal), Pudhu Pudhu Arthangkal (Rahuman, Janakaraj), Sigaram (SP.B), Mugavari (Ajith), Nilakaalam (Roja as actress in this Sujatha's novel directed by GandhiKrishna) ..... and so on.

Now,going back to the subject movie...
We need to wait and see if 'Kodambakkam' is a sugar coated glossy film or is really talking about the agonies of the film technicians. I doubt whether it will succeed, if it is not a nicely packaged story. Everyone in this movie - Director Jagan, Nandha, Diya, Tejashri - need a big break, since they have not yet made it in a big way so far. Can they do it? Let us watch out....

Sometime back, there was a rumour that Parthipan & Surya may join hands to do a film on another tinsel town story, which succeeded recently in Kerala. It is nothing but 'Udayananu Tharam' with Mohanlal, Srinivasan, Meena in the lead roles. If this remake really happens, it may be another better fare to watch.... Will this rumour become a fact? Any producers to take it? Will Surya consider this inspite of his current line up of 'Ghajini', 'Aaru' and 'Jillendru oru kadhal'?
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Blogger Aatma said...

Nice post Ram,

Thursday, August 25, 2005 6:10:00 PM  
Blogger Cogito said...

DBI team is comprehensive as usual ! Another movie I remember is "Cinema Paithiyam " (*ing Jayachitra) . It is about the obsession of a school student about a cine hero and her inability to separate reel from real life . It was a remake of the wonderful hindi movie "Guddi (*ing Jaya Bhaduri,Dharmendra) .

Thursday, August 25, 2005 7:02:00 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...


cogito.. Now, I remember seeing this movie of Jayachitra..

Thursday, August 25, 2005 11:25:00 PM  
Anonymous kavitha said...

very comprehensive post as usual.

I remember one comedy movie of Naagesh becoming a hero and also one in which Shobha acted as a village belle who enters tinsel world.....dont remember the names of the movie...

Friday, August 26, 2005 12:40:00 AM  
Blogger Chakra Sampath said...

Good post Ram.

Theres another one by KB talking abt the plight of 'extras'... "Oru Veedu Iru Vaasal". I don't exactly remember the movie as such.. so, I am not sure whether it is fully on the subject.

Friday, August 26, 2005 12:54:00 AM  
Blogger TJ said...

Eppadi 'Server Sundaram' indha list la miss aachu??

Friday, August 26, 2005 1:39:00 AM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

Kavitha.. I hv forgotten the name of Shoba's movie.. But as TJ had mentioned, Nagesh's movie 'Server Sundaram' has been missed out somehow.. thx.

Chakra.. U R right. One half of the story was about the 'extra' artistes of the tinsel town. Eventhough, the movie was not a big hit, it made a mark in the media with the two different stories. (pre & post interval)

TJ.. missed it somehow, since I had never it watched yet :-( :-(. Thx for mentioning it.

Friday, August 26, 2005 1:46:00 AM  
Blogger KARY said...

Nice post Ram.

Friday, August 26, 2005 2:19:00 AM  
Blogger Arvind said...

I was about to say about KB's movie with Ganesh/Kumaresh and noted that Chakra has already done so...

Friday, August 26, 2005 8:01:00 AM  
Blogger Saravana Kumar said...

Ram cinema fieldla irukkura avan avan sondha kadhai, soga kadhailam cinemaava edutha you think people will be interested in that .. I think atleast in India assistant directors oda avalangal ellam because of superiors ego.

Friday, August 26, 2005 9:58:00 AM  
Blogger Anjali said...

i think shoba and shivakumar did it .Its yeni padigal just like rangila.good post Ram.I love surya but him and parthiban !I dont think it will click.

Friday, August 26, 2005 10:24:00 AM  
Blogger Raju said...

Nice post Ram.. "Neengalum Herodhaan", which is the debut venture of V. Sekar, was the first movie showing a cinema hero as anti-hero.. Remember? Nizhalgal Ravi and others? The best scene in that movie is: MN Nambiar and PS Veerappa, two of the most notorious villains of old time stay in a village for a cine-shoot and two village kids want to know what they do.. MNN and PSV discuss about cracking some nuts, which the kids mistake as cracking bones.. and start crying.. Everyone comes to beat the poor old villains for 'torturing' the kids when they are actuallly shown (in real life too) very good..

Friday, August 26, 2005 10:58:00 AM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

Kary.. thnx

Arvind.. U R right

SK.. if it was in a nicely blended story with tight screenplay, I think it will click. if they merely depend on glittering industry's charms and have a weak plot, they cannot win.

anjali.. thx. Since I had never seen 'Yeni Padigal' it didn't come to my mind.

GP.. I remember seeing that movie in DD slots.. since it was not in a theatre hall, I missed this one. Still, I can't remember the scene which you are talking about.

Friday, August 26, 2005 6:01:00 PM  
Blogger கொங்கு ராசா said...

how about Gnana Rajasekharan's 'MUGAM' (*ng Nasser) ??

Friday, August 26, 2005 11:50:00 PM  
Blogger Ramana Siddharth said...

nice one ram..but u have missed out server sundaram!!nagesh a hotel server goes on 2 become a popular matinee idol!!and also the more recent mayavi.

but otherwise awesome research as usual!

Saturday, August 27, 2005 2:10:00 AM  
Blogger tt_giant said...

Nice list. Thillu mullu also had some kollywood scenes which were hilarious!.

Saturday, August 27, 2005 7:50:00 AM  
Blogger Kaps said...

what about Mayavi....where Jyothika plays a cinema heroine.

Saturday, August 27, 2005 8:07:00 AM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

Rasaa.. thx, left out accidentally..

Siddharth / Kaps.. 'Mayavi' considrd now....

TTG.. yes.. Sowkar Janaki was as actress in that movie and will come to act as Rajini's mother for a while.

Saturday, August 27, 2005 6:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Sundaresan said...

How about 'Azhagiya Theeya' by Radha Mohan?. That also a story of an Asst Director striving to become a Director!!

Saturday, August 27, 2005 11:02:00 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

Sundaresan... thnx. Somehow, I left it out... eventhough, the movie's story concentrated more on the love portion (like some of the movies which merely touched the kollywood).

Sunday, August 28, 2005 3:25:00 PM  
Blogger Maha said...

I guess the latest movie Dishoom starring Jeeva and Sandhya can also be added to the list.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006 8:42:00 PM  
Blogger Indhra Kannan said...

Hi, thank you very much for help. I am going to test that in the near future. Cheers

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