This is an one-off situtation. I am not sure if we would get to encounter this situation again in Tamil cine history. It can happen, I’m not sure. Just like now when most of us had decided that the joy of having a Rajini and Kamal film released on the same day would never come again. And as popularly mis-quoted everywhere, it’s wasn’t Dalapathi and Guna which went head-on together for the last time. It was
Devar Mahan and Paandiyan Kurudhi Punal and Muthu. I’ve had really good memories about that Diwali. To recollect, I and a group of friends went to Pandiyan in a suburb theatre at St. Thomas Mount. Came back truly upset. Took a ‘J’ bus to Tambaram to watch Devar Mahan immediately. Came out and went in again to watch it again. Devar Mahan rocked. Paandiyan fell flat to Devar Mahan.
Dalapathi/Guna was another story, not-so-good to re-collect. It’s again a diwali day, when a few mad group of people set fire to Guna’s banner at the theatre complex. I had watched Dalapathi the day before on a premiere show, at EGA theatre. Wanted to see it again and took off to Udhayam. Guna and Dalapathi were poised on the same complex and the hell-broke-loose. That was the time when I thought, that’s it. There were rumors that Kamal/Rajini went on a arrangement not release their movies on the same day. It’s profitable for them this way.
All these aren’t re-collected to sensationalize the whole issue of Chandramukhi and Mumbai Xpress releasing together. But just to be aware of the fact that this may not happen again. I am not writing it off but then I give this fact a benefit of the doubt. Last time during Devar Mahan-Pandiyan this fact didn’t even strike me. It happened that way and after close to a decade their movies are releasing together.
Now, you could argue that they are just movies of two heroes and why hero worship them and make a blogpost as a prelude to the movies. Come on guys, let’s be free thinking. Growing up in India, you have to love cricket and movies. Everyone in India has a favorite cricketer and a fave actor/actress. Back in Tamil Nadu, there is a Kollywood that’s as popular and as dreamy as the Hollywood. If you grew up there, chances are you would definitely take sides with these two gentlemen, Kamal Hassan and Rajini, for they have a huge impact on the Tamil entertainment industry.
For every Rajini film that releases, Kodambakkam decorates itself. Rajini’s movies may not be classy but it pays off commercially. People come in hundreds to watch Rajini send giggles through their spines. They love to watch his stunts, style and believe him to be a part of their family. Accepted that he is not. But what would you and me do. They love him. He is the Super Star and there is no compromises to it. He holds on this title for more than two decades. Period.
For ever Kamal Hassan film releasing, Kodambakkam cleanses itself from the sins of silly movies produced. They expect him to raise the bars of Tamil films. Film Critics wake-up from their long sleep and roll-up the sleeves to checkout for the silly loopholes that they could harp on their so-called-reviews[mostly re-telling the stories]. People want to see what’s the difference in his movies. Which diguise he has on-screen, which costume he wears, which slang of tamil[Don’t put word in my mouths– PKS] he talks like real and what not. They expect Kamal to do the change. At the sametime they expect Rajini to do the same thing over and over. People power. And that’s the way entertainment life goes on, at Tamil Nadu.
Sit for a first-day-first-show Rajini movie. But a highly priced ticket, Boo, make cat-calls, shout Thalaiva, throw lotteries, yell like mad, get you vocal chords screwed-up and enjoy completely. That’s Rajini for you.
Sit for a Kamal movie, whichever show on the first day. Allow yourself to be shocked, be moved to the edge of tears, enjoy his new techniques of film-making, appreciate his smart-thinking, understand romancing a girl, chew gum, watch the movie in silence and come back home hoping that your thinking was elevated by 20%. That’s Kamal Hassan.
These dudes have given bad and good movies from time to time. Having enjoyed both of them, this April 14th could be( I say ‘could be’) your last chance to witness posters of their movies on Chennai walls being pasted together. All those Chennaites, live through the time. Enjoy. Envy You.
a) For those who wondered how a Kamal post followed a Rajini post un-intentionally, here is a post with them, together.
b) BTW, What’s Vijay doing in this Gladiator battlefield inbetween Kamal/Rajini. I’m just keeping tight because who knows Sachin(Sachein) might become a winner. None can say.
c) (Apr 10th) – There’s a little mis-quote issue going on, in the comments section. Someone said the last time when Rajini/Kamal movie released together was Muthu/Kurudhi Punal. Have a look Muthu entry and Kurudhi Punal entry on IMDB. Muthu was on 1995 diwali and Kurudhi Punal was on 1996[Summer, I suppose]. Gotcha !!