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Thursday, September 22, 2005

Couldn't find a name.... Recycle the Old

I observed two identical news headlines this week.

Dhanush & KasturiRaja in a soup for naming their next venture as 'Thiruvizhaiyadal' (also mentioned somewhere as 'Naveena Thiruvizhaiyadal') in which Shreya is rumoured to be his pair. Eventhough his earlier association with Director BhoopathiPandian in 'Devathayai Kanden' was not a great hit, this new movie has been given to him again. The controversy is that some fan clubs of Sivaji Ganesan, have raised flags against naming the new movie after the old classic.

Once Arvind had mentioned in the comments section of my earlier post 'What's there in a name?'. But, there are people out there, ready to raise flags..... against names.

The next news which I observed was about a new movie 'Anbe Vaa' being made out by the nephew of a MGR associate (former minister KA.Krishnaswamy). He is tipped to be pairing with Sridevika (of 'Ramakrishna' & some other junkies) and Vivek is there to fill in. I may classify this movie as one among the movies, which I discussed earlier here. They are just trying to cash on the hit name. I believe the persons involved may not face protests like Dhanush.

On and Off, this trend continues.. the trend of naming a new one with an old classical hit, just to cash on its popularity. With the help of our DBI team, let us chew some more ...

Apoorva Sagotharargal - The title of this old classic (supposed to be a family drama) was nicely adapted by Kamal and proved his risk taking ability. Does anyone remember 'Apoorva Sagotharigal' (with Radha and two other heroines), which got released before Kamal's version?

Nadodi Mannan - Eventhought MGR's release was a classical hit with his dual role, Sarathkumar couldn't repeat that magic in a big way in his version. For few scenes, Meena appeared with Grey hair & a big glass (to show off her old age) which didn't fit at all. [Either she should have made up like Sukanya of 'Indian' or like a young Mom Nadhiya of 'MKSOML']

Sathi Leelavathi - This debut movie of MGR became famous among this generation, after he turned into politics. Whenever he was quoted, his first movie used to be referred. It gained fame even after his demise, that Kamal & Balu Mahendra decided to adapt the same name to make their release a hit with super comedy.

Parthipan Kanavu - Gemini's 'Parthipan Kanavu' had the historic background based on Kalki's novel and the title suited well for the story. Karu.Palaniappan also matched the story with the title - by making the hero 'Parthipan' (Srikanth) to have his own dreams of his would-be wife (Sneha). I liked it very much.

Anbe Aaruyirae - I came to know about this old classic of Sivaji, only thru kavingar Vaali's talk during the audio release of 'Ah..AAh' (Anbe Aaruyirae). I am not sure if that was a hit or not. But, I don't think it would have had any resemblances to SJ.Suryah's latest super(!!!) release.

Athisaya Piravi - You may think why I am including this average B.O. runner of Rajini. Our team found a comedy movie of 80s with an additonal 3 letters '..gal'. 'Athisaya Piravigal' with Mohan / SV.Sekar did a decent business in B&C centres, even before Rajini's release. Another techinque of naming movies...

Pasamalar - There were so many versions of this brother-sister sentimental hit of Sivaji-Savithiri. But the ArvindSamy-Revathy starrer 'Pasamalargal' just added the '..gal' to the old classic. Suresh Menon couldn't succeed in his venture, even then. Was it due to lack of ARR in the movie (music by the violinist, V.S.Narasimhan) or a repeated theme not well presented?

Kalvanin Kathali - The title of this old classic based on Kalki's novel (Sivaji / Banumathi) has been named again for SJ.Suryah-Nayanthara combination. As usual he is playing around with Nayanthara's glamour... and his first venture directed by another person.

Supposed to be released soon... Need to wait and see, whether it will click in the B.O. and among the audience...

Do you remember any old movie by the name 'Sathi Savithiri'? I observed a new tamil movie (multi lingual or telugu dubbing) with Sriman in the lead with the same name. Looks like it may be a treat for front benchers, if the Censor clears the movie (!!).

Some more similar movies???? You can share them..

Other posts of 'Naming the film' Series
Listen.. Pick.. Name
Name the month - Decide your film name
A Naming convention with difference - Teaching Basics

192nd post


Anonymous Sundaresan said...

Ram, 'Avasara Police 100' apdinnu Bhagyaraj nadichu oru padam vandhadhu...appram, 'Chandralekha' apdinnu oru padam vandhadhu (but don't know the details)....

Thursday, September 22, 2005 4:19:00 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

Sundaresan. U r right about the old classical hit 'Chandralekha' of TR.Rajakumari and the recent 'Chandralekha' of Vijay & Vanitha Vijaykumar. Vijay's movie result was not as great as its launch, which I still remember.

I remember slightly about the old 'Avasara police' eventhough I am aware of Bhagayaraj's one. Not 100% sure about the old movie's name.

Thursday, September 22, 2005 4:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Raju said...

Ram, eppavum pola kalakkitteenga.. nice list and complete too !!

MGR's was "Rakasiya police".
Other less known names are "Paasavalai" and "Valli".

Do you know something? In the 1930's and 40's, there was some apparent deficiency of names, that sometimes within the same year, two movies with the same name were released. (Harichandra, Valli, kinda movies).

Thursday, September 22, 2005 5:04:00 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

Raju.. If I am not wrong the latest 'Paasavalai' was the telugu movie by K.Viswanath (kamal,aamni,priya raman) dubbed into tamil, isn't it? U r right. Similarly, I have observed several telugu movies dubbed into tamil with some old movies.. (it is not striking me, at the moment).

I remember 'Sri Valli' of TR.Mahalingam (Right??) and our super-star's ... as usual by chopping of the unwanted letters.

I missed out 'Harichandra' (of Sivaji) and 'Arichandra' (of Karthik, Meena). Thanks for mentioning it accidentally....

Thursday, September 22, 2005 6:16:00 PM  
Blogger Aatma said...

Nice post Ram. Don't know why the fans of Sivaji are complaining - so what it was one of Sivaji's classic - that doesnot mean that no one else can use the same name.

Thursday, September 22, 2005 6:49:00 PM  
Blogger Cogito said...

Nice work by DBI as usual !

Thursday, September 22, 2005 6:56:00 PM  
Blogger tt_giant said...

Meticulous post, Ram. Kalakiteenga..
I think you would love to become a film reviewer - get paid for watching and reviewing movies!!

Thursday, September 22, 2005 7:00:00 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

Aatma.. Some people need a cause to fight. And they have found that Dhanush is weak in terms of movies currently... So, they might have decided to take on him.

If you remember or not, sometime back they earned the wrath of medical community when their family announced a project as 'Doctors' (inspite of Dhanush's sister being a doctor!!!). Then it was shelved comfortably... due to his heavy commitments with so many dud movies, at that time.

Thursday, September 22, 2005 7:16:00 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

Cogito .. Thankx. :-)

Deepak.. If I am paid, I feel I may have to satisfy the payer by whom I may be forced to publish a wrong perception. If I am left free to publish my own perception, with some pay cheque, why not??

Thursday, September 22, 2005 7:18:00 PM  
Blogger G3 said...

hmm ... interesting. I had no clue about so many movies mentioned. nice post.

Thursday, September 22, 2005 8:17:00 PM  
Blogger Swapna said...

As usual nalla aaraichi....
Film news Anandan maadhiri ungalukkum edhavadhu per vaikanum....Maybe Film Stats Ram???

Thursday, September 22, 2005 11:37:00 PM  
Blogger ranganathan said...


kamal's new venture 'thasavathaaram' is again a 'renamed' movie:-)

Friday, September 23, 2005 7:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Vidya said...

i am still in singapore, will get back to India sometime next week...

Cheers :-)

Friday, September 23, 2005 7:50:00 AM  
Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

I don't know any movies on top of my head..but I didn't know that 'Sathi Leelavathi' was a recycled name.!!!

Interesting post.

Friday, September 23, 2005 4:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Sundaresan said...

Ram, you are right. 'Avasara Police 100' was from Bagyaraj where they had some scenes of MGR from the incomplete movie before he died...

Friday, September 23, 2005 5:34:00 PM  
Blogger Rags said...

Good Info...Did not know that many of these titles are old ones recycled.

Friday, September 23, 2005 10:26:00 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

Gayathri.. :-)

Soap.. thnks.. ithu konjam jasthiyaa irukke... :-)

Ranga.. U r right. Just now I recalled another one 'Mangamma Sabatham' - the old classic and the later version with Kamal in dual role (the father kamal in Nepali makeup - pairing with Sujatha...)

Vidya.. good..thnkx..

Mr.Narayanan.. I am surprised that MGR's first movie was unknown to our Chennaivaasi... :-) :-) Anyhow, it happens... :-)

Sundaresan.. yes..

Rags... yes... :-) :-)

Saturday, September 24, 2005 2:16:00 AM  
Blogger Vinesh said...

Super theme as always buddy Ram :-)

I remember how Vijay's "Geedhai" got into trouble and was changed to "Pudhiya Geedhai". Mega Flop.

Some other names I could think up are:

1. Ponniyin Selvan - haven't seen the movie, so can't comment about the suitability.
2. Meera - an insult to MS if a comparison is even attempted!

Saturday, September 24, 2005 6:39:00 AM  
Blogger Arvind said...

Hey Ram,

Thanks for the link :-)

yet again, peyar paithiyam :-D

Saturday, September 24, 2005 9:50:00 PM  
Blogger ranganathan said...


coming up with some more...

nalla thambi - kalaivanar classic and kartik/radha's poor venture

naam iruvar - mk radha/tr mahalingam sensation and poor display of sivaji/prabhu combination...

incidentally II Nalla Thambi, I and II naam iruvar were produced by AVM productions:-)

just a ego satisfaction, hi, hi:-)

Sunday, September 25, 2005 4:02:00 AM  
Blogger ranganathan said...

one more........

raja - balaji's version of 'johny mera naam' and ajith's flop movie:-)

Sunday, September 25, 2005 8:17:00 AM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

Vinesh.. Thanx. I don't think 'Geethai' can fall into this category. 'Meera' fits the bill. I am doubtful whether there was an old classic by the name 'Ponniyin Selvan'. It was a popular novel.. That's what I know.

arvind.. :-)

Ranga.. good recollections. Now I realised the movie 'Vazhkkai' as well. The old one of Vaijayanthimala and the later one from AVM house - with Sivaji&Ambika in the lead. (a family drama by CV.Rajendran)

Sunday, September 25, 2005 10:15:00 AM  
Blogger Doctor Bruno said...

The "name" controversy gets me back to my college days


Hope you enjoy that


Tuesday, September 27, 2005 10:45:00 AM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

Dr.Bruno.. thankz for dropping by. Yes, i enjoyed your post thoroughly.. too hilarious.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 2:55:00 PM  
Blogger ranganathan said...

parasakti title went for a recycle with the title 'meendum parasakthi!' - both penned by kalaignar, the second one is average - cast by sivakumar and jaishankar.

chaturangam - rajni & srikanth and yet to be released by srikanth (jr) and gopika.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 11:45:00 PM  
Blogger kavingareraeravi said...

pl visit my vimarasanam about thasavathaaram r.ravi,editor www.kavimalar.com

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