They say a picture is worth a thousand words.
So without any commentary, I offer readers the below two images (courtesy of Behindwoods).
‘Nuff said. 😉
Image Courtesy – Behindwoods
Image Courtesy – Behindwoods
Rajini, is one who destroyed Soul of Tamil Cinema Industry with his box office race attitude.
Even while MGR was occupying top position in Movie Industry, quality of Cinema was breathing through Songs, better screenplay and many offbeat subjects were released during his peak.
But after Rajini peaked Tamil Cinema in 90s, Tamil Cinema suffered huge quality dip in all forms of film making. He is one of Faces of Modern India(?), which don’t know anything except commercialization and never believed in Quality.
Soon these crazy people will fade into obscure, the reason is their attitude towards quality of Product.
For all new age geniuses, don’t think development means merely an increase in purchasing power and living a better lifestyle. You need “Quality” and “Ethics” to become a developed, even in Cinema.
Rajini is not the cause for decline of Tamil movie industry.
The culprits are Tamil movie fans who embrace Thiruttu LaKabals like Surya (Ghajini is stolen), Murugadoss (Ghajini) and Vikram (Deivathirumagal is stolen).
Why blame one man when almost the entire industry is either stealing or peddling trash to the garbage loving Tamil audience, which unfortunately is the majority?
Standing ovation at end of film?
Is it true or its once again Paid Media writeup?
I’ll be surprised if Kochadaiiyan doesn’t turn out to be giant flop!
It will run for 100 days in posters.
Not to worry.
Kollywood rumors say the Maratha’s Lingaa is already rising high and will sow its seeds deep into the fertile Tamil soil for the superstar’s fabulous comeback. 😉
“Even while MGR was occupying top position in Movie Industry, quality of Cinema was breathing through Songs, better screenplay and many offbeat subjects were released during his peak.”
What sort of nonsense is this? I support what you said, but to say that Cinema was breathing through songs, better screenplay, during MGR’s time is utter nonsense……
I wish to remind you that MGR’s and Sivaji’s eras were the ones with the most stereotyped films….. The bad and hysterical villain, the ever-dramatic heroine, and ever-sentimental mother…. Boy, they milked this formula to the hilt….. Atleast Sivaji tried to do something new by acting in roles with negative shades in Antha Oru Naal… MGR was a hero throughout his life except for one film that he played a villain, Koondukili, if I am not wrong.
Even that film has been shelved since the 60s in order to protect his image and has not seen the light till date.
Bash Rajini by all means, but please don;t spout nonsense. MGR might have played the good role in many films, but in real life, he was less than the ideal personality people think of him to be. His rule, hailed by most to be the most golden period in history, is actually a period where Tamil Nadu stayed behind development while other states grew. Out of insecurity, he seldom passed files or key regulations, always played defensive and never wanted to take bold steps.
Back in the day I had a friend who would refer to MGR as Plastic Poolan (Guy with a Plastic Dick). I never heard anyone else use that term.
Maybe he was wearing a strap-on? 😉
According to Wikipedia Sivaji is the bad guy in Koondukkili.
“Back in the day I had a friend who would refer to MGR as Plastic Poolan (Guy with a Plastic Dick). I never heard anyone else use that term. ”
Oh boy, what a comment 🙂 Made me ROFL… I hope your friend was not in Tamil Nadu when he made this comment.. Because if I am right, anybody who even raised a word against MGR in the 70s and 80s used to disappear 🙂
Speaking of MGR, I was one of the 60 million or 100 million blessed to make eye contact with the Sri Lankan Malayalee.
At a public function some centuries back in Tamil Nadu.
I haven’t washed my eyes since! 😉
I’m struggling to remember if MGR smiled at me. Perhaps, he did.
Both of us were in TN back then.. mid 90s. I’ve heard some wierd rumours about whats buried in MGR’s garden!
There was a rumour that Rajinikanth was taken there and given a sound beating when MGR heard that Rajini was going to marry Latha. It seems MGR had a mistress named Latha and he misunderstood that Rajini was tieing the know with her and was bloody pissed at Rajini.
SI seems to have had access to major public figures of that era and it would be interesting if you were to shed some light on this and other topics such as Indian Express owners leelaigal in Chennai. 😀
You write: SI seems to have had access to major public figures of that era and it would be interesting if you were to shed some light on this and other topics such as Indian Express owners leelaigal in Chennai.
Let sleeping dogs lie!
Aswin, you don’t understand what I meant to say and u bashed me up.
During MGR days, offbeat Cinema from other actors with better screenplay were released. Unlike other superstars he didn’t totally corrupt Industry.
Infact when he left for Politics in 1972 and before Rajini, Kamal could establish themselves in Cinema, there were many outstanding movies were released of mahendran, Balu Mahendra and Balachander etc.,
But once Rajini established himself as top box office star, Tamil Movie Industry suffered serious setback in quality of Product. He entirely changed face of Industry for bad.
And I hate MGR as a person more than Rajini as a person.
To MGR’s credit, he started the Mid-day Meal Scheme for kids.
It is not MGR, Kamrajar was the one who first started Mid day Meals during his tenure. Gothumai Upma was offered during Mid day Meals, but scheme failed because of less number of students opting for the scheme then.
You write: It is not MGR, Kamrajar was the one who first started Mid day Meals during his tenure.
Even before Kamaraj, Madras/Tamil Nadu started its first mid-day meal program in 1925, and then extended it in 1956:
Source: Tamil Nadu Government
See P.3 – http://mdm.nic.in/Files/PAB/PAB2012-13/TamilNadu/1_St_Writeup_AWPB_2012-13.pdf
Still kudos to MGR for launching it in a big way, ensuring that it worked and institutionalizing it.
Good research work carried out by SI.