Jaggubhai Opens Up

the charismatic jaggubhai

This week’s kumudam features a full fledged interview with Rajinikanth a.k.a Jaggubhai. It’s been quite a while since Rajini had interviews with just a single weekly/daily.

In this interview Rajini, clealy puts forth his opinions about the recent elections, the loosers, the winners, his friends and his enemies. Quite a relief for me personally that he stands by his word that it is destiny to show if he will enter politics. I hope his antaratma doesn’t lead him there. Also it’s interesting to note that he accepts that he is caught amidst the ‘Image’ Web of Kollywood and he cannot act offshoot movies. So he plans to get himself sidelined from movies. Not a welcome news for Rajini fans like me.

Also featuring is the hot news for the media that he has kicked off. Aishwarya Rai will probably be *ing with him in Jaggubhai. He adds that the heroine role in Jaggubhai isn’t just a barbie but more stronger and powerful than the Padyappa Neelambari (acted fantastically by Ramya Krishnan). So as Aishwarya’s hollywood movie gets postponed, she would most probably pair him.

As the election results have turned opposite to what Rajini thought, at this juncture, this interview will be looked upon one that will restore his image in the public. But it doesn’t look the same now. Rajini talks with more conviction and clarity than the not-so-clear interviews he gave during the election time. Read more in Kumudam. You would need a free userid/pwd .

Madras Blogger Meet – Tomorrow

Chennai/Madras Blogger meet is happening again. From journalists to movie makers(mdeii), from thinkers(kingsley, nee thaan ma) to forgetters(amnesia anna), from geeks(hee hee…thats me) to spies(that rediff jornalist) all would be present. Be there.

The last meet, called as, Gumbal, Sundal and a lil bit of Bloggal happened just after Pongal during January 2004. This one is a mid-term version.

Alright, Alright, I know you know all this news. This blog post is just a pointer to the meet site if you are looking for. Madras Blogger Meet 2004 -Reloaded.

World Themes for Indian Cinema (Part 3 of 8)

Co-Blogging Series- Anand Chandrasekharan and Lazy Geek

Fire-fighters, investment bankers, engineers working on outsourced IT projects, doormen – thousands lost their lives. The untold outrage, the genuine sorrow (and the political photo-ops) aside, one of the most vivid memories of September 11, 2001 is tens of people jumping down from a burning tower.

man falling from tower

When people are struck by tragedy… when they are jumping out of a burning tower… are they jumping from jobs and lives they loved?

Parts 1 and 2 of this series focussed on real people (Srinivas Ramanujan and the unsung hero Dr.V) whose lives make inspiring themes. This attempt (in verse) is more abstract and philosophical and tries to relate to the mindset of the victim when tragedy strikes and one’s life flashes before one’s eyes…

Our parts, our roles, they’re all perfect,
So prim nobody would suspect…
anything astray, anything out of the ordinary,
Performances simply extraordinary.
As we live life, donning our make up,
Through every “Howz it going”, thru every “whatsup”,
Do we stop to think, to ponder?
To look for a moment, yonder…
At the man in the mirror, he lives…
Reflections, ruminations, dreams, beliefs!
Listen to him, for he would introduce,
That person, given a choice, we’d choose…
Be him, and life would not be sour,
Even if one’s jumping from a burning tower.

My Take on this – Lazy Geek
He stands high at the 102nd floor of the burning tower, struggling what could be his escape route. He can probably jump and hope he can survive. Flashes of his wife, children, parents, friends come before him. Should he jump? I am worried about him.

They may call it sensational stuff, paint it grey or even complain it as cashing in from a nostalgic tale, but the man from the falling tower is certainly the concern of the theme.

Movies like Mahanadhi have captured the toil a man undergoes for no mistake of his. The way families get destroyed because of one small mis-judgement. It irritates you. You can never stomach that. You can’t even agree to this fact. It is one of the few times that we have reality striking before our eyes.

Didn’t the reality strike on 9/11? Didn’t that reality strike us with the incidents that happened in India? Every time it happens we forget it in less than a week as the news about those incidents decreases exponentially. But thinking back after a couple of years, they get reduced to few images we saw on CNN that night, in India.

Movies have long standing impact on people life. Genuine Ones. This could also be one genuine one if at all someone was willing to be genuine enough in crafting this movie. It needn’t be as lavish as Titanic, as sober as Schindler’s List. Just a honest depiction. Indian directors are changing to the new style of Multiplex movies. This, however, cannot be a multiplex movie. By all means, this has to widely watched like Lagaan.

But that man at the 102nd floor, waiting to jump, still worries me.

Give Yuva a chance. Don't pre-judge the film – Mani Ratnam

[Pic : Rediff]

Why do you assume anything has gone wrong? Nothing has gone against the film. Word-of-mouth is good. The film is good, so everything is okay.

It is also too early to analyse the film. If you ask a filmmaker to analyse his own film, it would take three or four years to do that, honestly. Because when you make a film, you have to be convinced about it. You are married to that film for a year.

I am very happy with the film. I am happy with the response I have got so far from the theatres.

I am glad that we can make bold films, different films within the commercial market and still do well.

This interview with Mani Ratnam explains all. Read it on here on Rediff.

P.S: Aptly said Anti/Viji. As Viji pointed out Kamal literally came out of Bollywood for these same reasons.

However, the reason that he isn’t tall enough for a bollywood hero was a humbug. Pity that Mani Ratnam is also pushed to the same state of affairs. But Mani Ratnam has always stood against such acts. Be it the censors or terrorist attacks, he had remained calm in the face of the media. His sudden press meet, I should say, is certainly because he is upset about the movie pundits too much.

World Themes for Indian Cinema (Part 2 of 8)

Co-Blogging Series- Anand Chandrasekharan and Lazy Geek

Dr. Alan Grant: There are two kinds of boys – the ones who want to be astronomers and the ones who want to be astronauts. The astronomer, the paleontologist, gets to study these amazing things from a place of complete safety.
Young Eric: But you never go into space.
Dr. Alan Grant: It’s the difference between imagining and seeing.

Notwithstanding this thought-provoking conversation from Jurassic Park III, probably the only situation where seeing is more valuable than imagining is when you are blind.

The first post in this series focussed on biopics and the life of Ramanujam. This one carries that thread further, focussing on a life that has vision – literally! Affectionately called Dr.V on more than one occasion, it’s the story of Dr.G Venkataswamy.

Dr.G Venkataswamy

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