The Diwali that just went by

Giving a live commentary of deepavali is getting a little boring. Thats even to me but I just can’t resist this one.

The fireworks stuff, I think just got better over the years. South India has really adopted the crack the crakers in the night from the north over the last couple of decades. Tonight was a gala night as the skies lighted with the colors of fireworks. Sounds everywhere. Near ones, distant ones, echoed ones, lighted ones and what not.

Six years back, on a diwali evening, when me and my friend were driving desperately to Woodlands Drive-In, it was just zero visibility due to crackers, over T.Nagar and we just prayed not to bump on some poor pedestrian. Tonight wasn’t a similar one. The visibility was quite normal. Some kids say that in schools, their teachers were highly dis-couraging them of bursting crackers due to pollution. With half of the kids having this excuse and the other half glued to their television sets watching Baba and Azhagiya Theeye, the crackers have certainly lost a lil bit of their charm.

On televisions, Kamal Hasan ruled the day. Jaya TV’s 3 hour long show named Kalakka Povathu…Kamal, where Kamal had several guests like SPB, Chitra, Manorama and many others visiting him and sharing their experiences of working with him. All this and they also rendered some nicest songs. SPB sang the all-time hit, Kamban Yemaandaan and had Kamal to do lip sync for that. It was nearly perfect and SPB said this was a kind of soul sharing which he and Kamal had. Goosebumps. By popular expectation, Kamal sang that fantastical Anbe Sivam number in the end. Can’t have ended it better.

Trisha on a special interview was completely cool and seemed to be all herself. After a long time it was like witnessing a lead girl from the tinsel world who could shed all those fantasies surronding her and could talk sense. While talking about her Aayitha Ezhuthu experience she remembered how Mani Ratnam, to keep the crew’s spirit high, wore a life jacket and dived into the beach along with Sidharth and her during the shoot of Hey !! Goodbye Nanba. Long sentence that was.

Anniyan Vikram was on the ECR roads waving Happy Deepavali to strangers and giving them a sweet surprise. His long hair also says Anniyan is still on sets. Let’s hope they can make it to pongal. On Baba, Rajini is busy using that sixth mantra. Baba…Cinema Cinema.

11 thoughts on “The Diwali that just went by

  1. Thanks for your (near)-live commentary of Deepavali this year. I’ve never lived this far from home on Deepavali or felt this lonely on the night of lights. I live in a quiet and autumnally bleak corner of the world.
    I must’ve read your posts some four times already. And each time they only make my heart grow fonder for what it misses. Happy Deepavali, all you who sleep tonight!

  2. It was really great to watch ‘Kamal haasan’ in ‘Kalakapovadhu Kamal’.. Interesting.. and a great tribute to the actor. Hope you had a great Diwali..

  3. Happy Deepavali to guru aka lazygeek(hey u cant be lazy man.. not *many* people will update their blogs so frequently on deepavali 😀 )..

    but i disagree on one pt. – the trisha interview.. it really made feel like punching her.. she was blabberring beetween english and tamil.. when the interviewer asked some qn. abt her mother then her response was ‘my amma had a big influence in my life.. naa siru vayusila irukkumpothu my mother used to….) !@$!@$!@%!@%!

    but the kamal interview was awesome.. woah.. this man is truly a genius.. his voice is still resonating in my mind..

    anywayz, my deepavali greetings again.. take care~

  4. Crazy, Varuthu Varuthu. I am waiting for a good one. In this one thalaivar looks not so young 😉

    Prabz/Chakra, Thanks. Had a good eventful one.

    Anon C, As I had said in the post, Trisha was being herself. She is completely urban and she can only talk taminglish. If only she had spoken pure thamizh I would been upset. What else would you expect from a girl from churchpark. I was completely taken back because she just let herself so cool.

    Curses, I think kamal said it would be 10 days since his birthday that Mumbai express would start. They say it’s an outright comedy stuff. I am waiting for more info.

  5. Hi! LG…

    Hope u had a great Deepavali. I had a good one after 3 years, with access to Sun and Jaya TV sitting here in US….and fortunately it was Vetran’s day off.

    Well, yeah, missed the crackers and stuff, but I guess for past 6 years + its been the TV that overtook the “old” fun of Deepavali.

    Not complaining…time changes 😀

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