Friday, August 22, 2014

Rajnikanth Unarguable ‘Thaliavaa’ of Indian Cinema - Part II

Renowned for his trademark gestures viz. flipping a cigarette in the air and catching it in his mouth or rotating his glasses a number of times, Rajnikant’s life story is a rag to riches tale. The superstar before joining films was working as a bus conductor in the Karnataka State Transport Corporation in Bangalore. However, his passion for cinema and his liking for his role module, Bollywood actor, Shatughan Sinha, motivated him to join the Madras Film Institute. 

Born on December 12, 1949, in Karnataka, Rajnikant’s real name is Shivaji Rao Gaekwad. It’s quite astonishing that despite being a Tamil megastar, he is not Tamil! His mother tongue is Marathi but he has not done a single Marathi movie. His near and dear ones lovingly call him by his nickname – ‘Baba’.

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It’s reported that during his tenure as bus conductor, he caught the fancy of the bus travelers with his mannerisms and style of issuing tickets. Aspiring to become an actor, he moved to Chennai and joined the film institute. It was here that he caught the eye of K. Balachander, a director known for introducing talented, new faces into the Tamil film industry.

Balachander gave him a small role - as the no-good husband of Srividya - in ABOORVA RAAGANGAL and the rest, as they say, is history. 

Rajnikanth soon graduated to playing main villain and his style, swagger and casually unique brand of villainy vowed the movie-going public. Be it the sadistic husband of Sujatha in AVARGAL or the wolf in sheep's clothing in MOONDRU MUDICHU or the lust-filled village rowdy in Bharathiraja's 16 VAYADHINILE, Rajnikanth was the villain the people loved to hate.

Soon filmmakers decided to bank on the popularity of Rajnikant and from villain he was made a hero in BHAIRAVI

Rajnikanth firmly captured the vacant, action-hero slot in Tamil movies with a series of movies where he routinely bashed up the bad guys who had done him injustice in one way or the other. Once in a while he did movies like AARULIRUNDHU ARUBADHU VARAI or JOHNY which gave us glimpses of his acting potential. 

In fact in 80’s, he played a Hindu saint in his 100th movie, SRI RAGHAVENDRA. And later he played an out and out comedy in 'THILLU MULLU', a remake of Bollywood hit GOLMAAL. But action was what the fans expected from a Rajni movie and action was what he gave them. 

NOTE: In the next issue read about Rajnikant’s foray into Bollywood.

V.V. Vinayak Will Directing Chiranjeevi’s 150 Th Film?

South Indian Cinema buffs have reason to celebrate because the Megastar Chiranjeevi, who has entertained millions of film buffs through three decades with his inimitable style, has given his approval for his 150th movie after lot of speculations. 

Reports claim the actor, who had put on weight during his career in politics has trimmed considerably and looked dashing and handsome. He has done a photo shot for his 150 th film. Speaking to media he confessed, "I will soon be starting work on my 150th film. If audiences still want to see me on the silver screen, I would be more than happy to act.” 

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The movie will be produced by his loving son Ram Charan Teja. It will be a colossal venture that will be a complete ‘masala’ flick with tons of action and comedy. Briefing the media a member of the production revealed that after an exhaustive session of scripts reading Chiranjeevi sir has approved a script that is a complete commercial, a typical Chiranjeevi kind of movie which is loved by his fans. 

It may be noted several leading directors like VV Vinayak, Rajamouli, Shankar, Puri Jagannath, Krishna Vamsi, Boyapati Srinu and Vikram Kumar have been visiting Chiranjeevi with scripts ranging from historical to social oriented theme with message but Chiranjeevi declined all. 

According to the production member, “Chiranjeevi sir has been flooded with hundreds of scripts in the past few months. He was patiently reading the scripts but after lot of pondering he has given his consent to a wholesome entertaining script because he does not wish to disappoint his fans who love him fighting goons, dancing around with heroines in the bushes and delivering spellbinding dialogues.” 

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Insiders claim the production house has declared a whopping remuneration of Rs 1crore for the director with an exceptional script. 

From the directors mentioned above the name that is more likely to get the opportunity to direct Chiranjeevi’s 150th movie, is perhaps that of ace director V.V. Vinayak because he is one of the most commercially successful directors of his generation. He has delivered blockbusters like ‘AADI’ and ‘TAGORE’ in the past, as well as some good hits like ‘ADHURS’ and ‘NAYAK’. 

In an interview V.V. Vinayak humbly acknowledged, “Yes, I might direct this project. Discussions are going on and there are still some things to be finalized. Chiranjeevi himself will take the final call with respect to story and theme.”

The team of Raaga.Com wishes Chiranjeevi birthday greetings and looks forward for a successful come back.