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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Id(o)le worship

You could have seen all sorts of cine star worships like these... [apart from traditional 'falling on feet' style]

- Builiding Temples for Actresses
- 'Paal Abishegam' for actor's cut-outs
- Tatooing the film personalities names
- Chanting or Printing posters as 'future CM / PM /President etc'

Have you seen this type of hero worship?

The Gist is this...

It seems, after failing to meet his favourite idol couple of times, our hardcore fan had put up posters everywhere in Chennai to make it visible to the hero. It might have worked out for this fan, that finally his idol might have seen him.


But these type of hardcore fans are going berserk with their idol worship. We can have film entertainment as 'supplement meals' to relax ourself, but not as a 'main course'. But our fans don't realise that and don't know where to draw the line.

Once Cheran had criticised this attitude of hero worship in his earlier venture 'Porkaalam', in which he cast himself as a cine hero [on the posters]. My take is that it will take a long time for this idle (oops.. Idol!!) worship to change tracks.

Luckily, I am not in the circle of these idol worshippers... even if it is Rajini or Vijay. Is there anyone from idol worshippers club, against my stand? Welcome... :-) :-)
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12 Comments:

Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

I remember - about 15 yrs back there was this stupid guy who used to write "kadavul murali valga" in all the walls of chetpet, kilpauk etc!! It seems even murali gave him a job and asked him to stay with him - but he ran away from his place and continued to write! I guess its just a mental disorder! Infact I shuldnt say that since that's what I have been doing for the past 1 year or so with Asin :))

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 3:58:00 PM  
Blogger ada-paavi!!!! said...

this idol worship is what makes tamil cinema special and distinguishes it frm otehr indian cinema, ada poi neengal eppadi sollittengala,

without the idolworship MGR wudnt exist and CAPI wudnt have launched a party

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 5:53:00 PM  
Blogger Me said...

in the mid 80's i have seen MGR face tatoo on almost all the rickshaw wallah's hands near my place...then it became posters craze....i thot everything died down but i was wrong...

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 10:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Raju said...

Celebrity crush or being a hardcore fan of some cine artist is different from this kind of idol worship;... For many people, cinema is larger than life.. and heroes become their literal role models.. thats why all these happen..

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 6:32:00 AM  
Blogger Ramana Siddharth said...

this fan is obviously a paramavisiri..i have heard that when mgr passed away ppl were wanting 2 commit suicide and all..elatekum oru alavu iruke..like most boys from our country i grew up idolising sachin tendulkar..in its ucakatum i was so fanatical that i remember when i was in class 9(i think)i finished an exam paper quickly and went straight 2 chapauk cutting the rest of the classes that day! sycophancy is part of indian psycology i guess!!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 7:00:00 AM  
Blogger vee-jay said...

I am against hero worship. In fact, these days, some of the actors themselves ask their fans to be practical in their celebrations and worship!!! At least, they advertise so.

btw, u too - Rajni & Vijay fan???

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 12:44:00 PM  
Blogger thennavan said...

Actually I feel that the way the youngsters here go ga-ga over Hollywood actors and actresses, we are better off since only one section of the fans are fanatics whereas the more educated among those just appreciate and leave it at that. Here the paparazzi always want to feed stories to an ever-hungry movie-crazy public that sometimes they step beyond the bounds of etiquettes in capturing the stars on camera and video.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 1:18:00 PM  
Blogger Rags said...

I never been a veriyan or hardcore rasigan of any Hero or Film personality... I like quite of few of them.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 2:44:00 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

Arjuna.. I believe you have not crossed a limit as a fanatic of Asin :-) :-) as I had mentioned in the post.

Vatsan.. it so happens, that we talk about others attitude if we don't have that attitude. That's what has heppened here in this post.

ME.. I don't think this crazy attitudes will die. It may take another form.

Raju.. yes.. I agree. As I had mentioned in the post, some people don't how to differentiate appreciation and idol worship.

Siddhart.. LOL. if you dig cricket world you can observe 'n' no. of fans.

VJ.. agree with your first comment. But, the second one..?? I think you missed 'even if ...' which I had mentined in the post. I am not hardcore fans of Rajini or Vijay. My son adores Vijay a lot.

Thennavan.. Strange. I thought proportion is more in our place. So, we are better than them in this... :-) :-)

Rags.. Yes, I'm also with you on this aspect.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 4:18:00 PM  
Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

Ram - This is Tamil panpaadu, Kalachaaram..!! Idiots.

I wonder if these things happen in other states.!! To this extent? Are we tamil people such idiots...or atleast a subset of us...so stupid.!! I don't know.!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 9:44:00 PM  
Blogger Somu said...

Me is idol worshipper of Rajini... though it's only during the time am watching his movies ! I would rather say am an ardent fan who is yet to become a maniac !

Monday, October 24, 2005 11:23:00 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

Mr.Narayanan.. This doesn't happen in TN alone. We don't know much about other states. But I am confident that Telugu fans are also something similar to this. Anyone disagreeing on this?

Somu.. I'm not attached that much to any heroes.. may be heroines :-) :-) :-)

Tuesday, October 25, 2005 7:20:00 AM  

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