Friday, August 22, 2014

Amyra Dastur In Awe Of Dhanush!

Amyra Dastur, the Parsee babe from Mumbai, who is doing a Tamil film 'ANEGAN' opposite South Sensation, Dhanush is quite in awe of the star. In an interview she said, “Dhanush is such a huge star yet I was bowled over by his humility and down to earth attitude.”

She continued, “Being a Parsee and brought up in a sophisticated society, with English language as backdrop, I have problem in speaking Tamil language. When I began shooting for the film, I would fumble a lot and feel embarrassed but I was really touched by Dhanush, who motivated me all the time. To build my confidence he would often give his own example how he struggled with Hindi language while doing Raanjhanaa.” 

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Amyra who made her debut with Bollywood movie 'ISSAQ' is making waves in the Indian film industry and getting many offers both from Bollywood and South film industry. She is renowned for her television commercial advertisements like Clean & Clear, Dove, Vodafone and Micromax Mobiles.

Stimulated by her co-star Dhanush’s dedication to his profession and zero arrogance despite being such a big star, Amyra said, “Today when actor’s become snobbish and pompous soon after the success of just a single film, I am really in awe of Dhanush.”

She added, “He is not just a sensation down South but is a mega star in Bollywood after RAANJHANAA. What’s more he is also working with Amitabh Bachchan yet he has no ego or haughtiness. He arrives on time and surrenders completely to his directors, making no interference in the script or arguments over his dialogues. Truly he is a director’s delight and India needs many more actors like Dhanush!”

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.