An Oliver Twist like orphan boy, a widow, and a widower come together. And
begin life a new, in Mumbai. Unshackled from the traumatic past. She goes to
work in a bank; the orphan stays with her, while the widower works as a
photo-journalist in a leading newspaper. Director Vasanth goes to handle these
three main characters and weaves an emotional web of relationships with
sensitivity and finesse. The script was loosely constructed and so the tempo of
the film takes a beating. The director seems preoccupied with the so-called
commercial ingredients, which only mar the overall impact of the film.
The film is cluttered with
lot of wise cracks by Manivannan. While the song-dance numbers are excellently
picturised, they seem more like forced into the narration. Like the sizzling
number by Ramya Krishnan and the Shanker Mahadevan song-dance item. Further,
the director stretches to almost snapping length the suspense element -- as to
whether the widow and the widower, who develop a fondness for one another, will
unite in the end. So the now-on-now-off relationship at times tries one's
patience. The arrival of the widow's mother-in-law almost at the fag end, when
the two are just about to re-unite, worsens matters. The mom-in-law, using
emotional blackmail to get her daughter-in-law to resign and go with her back
to Kunnoor, only drags the story further before the desired end.
King' Arjun has got no fight sequences here, but has handled his role with
understanding and maturity. Meena gives a creditable account of herself. Nagesh
proves that given a chance he can still deliver. Ramesh Arvind is fine in the
cameo as Meena's husband; Jyotika has little to do as Arjun's wife. Master
Adithya steals the scenes from right under the eyes of the seniors in many
places. 'Rhythm' has shades of 'Alaipayuthe' in the scenes of the train
encounters and in the depiction of the on-off relationship. Handled better,
"Rhythm' could have turned out to be a must-watch film, though it is still
definitely far better than the run-of-the-mill ones.
tamilstar: 15.08.2000: It
was a different kind of celebration altogether. The atmosphere of course was
festive with all the associated paraphernelia - posters , buntings and music to
welcome the cellulloid glitterati, media, specially invited guests and a few
gate-crashers thrown in.
Shanmughi' both Tamil film director KS Ravikumar and actor Kamalhassan are once
again coming together in ‘Thenali’, the former's first home production.
Apart from direction, the story, screenplay and dialogue also are by Ravikumar.
The film is to be produced by Ravikumar's wife R.Karpagam. A full-lenghth
comedy ‘Thenali’ has music by AR Rahman. The launch function of this
ambitious project at Kalaivanar Arangam on 23rd March, 2000 from start to
finish was unique in many respects.
Hasan starrer make the actor's fans go 'paagal' (mad) with joy , so it was only
apt that the guests were ushered in with the band playing the song 'Dil to
paagal hai...'. The list of cellullod bigwigs gathered inside the auditorium
would have read like the 'who is who' of Tamil Film industry. But the major
draw other than Kamal was the unassuming Rajanikanth. The 'superstar' sat
through the whole show and joined Ravikumar to garland 'super actor' Kamal
Haasan, the hero of Thenali, (The differentiation , deliberate or not, 'super
star' and 'super actor' is not mine, but comperer YG Mahendran's!)
pleasant and relieving variation was, instead of testing the audience's
patience with laborious speeches the 104 silver screen VIPs, starting with
Rajanikanth and Kamalhassan went up on the stage and lighted the traditional
'kuthuvilakku' which was big enough to accommodate everyone. There was a big
line up of stars, directors and producers to felicitate Ravikumar, Kamalhassan
and everyone else connected with the project. Present were 'kathalmannan' of
yesteryears Gemini Ganesan, veterans like K.Balachander, A.C.Tirulokachander,
Singeetam Sreenivasa Rao, writer Sujatha, hit-making directors Bharathiraja,
Bhagyaraj, Mani Ratnam, Vikraman, Agathian and Shankar and also stars including
the heroine of the film Jyothika, Sharathkumar, Meena, Ramya Krishnan, the soon
to be married Ajith-Shalini, "homely" Devyani, Vijay, Karan,
Thyagarajan,who comperer Y.G.Mahendran, had the audacity to introduce as just
actor "Prasanth's father".
That was not
the only faux paus committed by Mahendran. The 'boneless wonder' Prabhudeva was
very much there but was neither called to the stage nor was his presence even
acknowledged. And to add insult to injury YGM came up with the tongue-in-cheek
winding up statement that "those who hadn't been called to the stage to
light the traditional lamp could go home and do so"!
gesture on the part of Ravikumar was making his parents, brother’s
sister’s, and parents-in-law light the lamp, seeking their blessings in his
new venture. The formal launch of the film was done in an innovative manner by
flashing the names of KS Ravikumar, his wife and producer R.Karpagam, AR Rahman
and Kamalhassan with neon bulbs on the colourful screen at the back of the
and K.Balachander carried between them a giant-size rose-garland and garlanded
Rajanikanth who would be receiving the 'Padmabhooshan' Award on March 30th at
Jyothika, this really is an acting coup as she is Kamalhassan's leading lady in
'Thenali'. An opportunity so far missed out on in her career by sister Nagma
who has acted with all the other top actors of contemporary Tamil film world.
was donated to an orphanage and lunch was served on the same day for the
inmates by KS Ravikumar. A gesture which must have pleased the Gods and augured
well for his success in his new venture.
Thenali was supposed to have both Kamalhassan and the Malayalam superstar
Mohanlal in stellar roles. Lal had heard the story and liked it too but did not
have dates to spare, it was rumoured. So instead the director had chosen actor
Jayaram who has not been seen on the Tamil screen for some time now. Though
Jayaram's pictures were splashed on the invitation card the star was
conspicuous by his absence on the occasion. Another date problem…..?
K Jha : Screen : 11/08/2000 Kamal's
Hindi fans have a long wait ahead-His next release Tenali is a Tamil movie.
Before we could exclaim 'Hey Ram' Kamal hassan has moved on to his next
venture. His new Tamil production Tenali is almost complete, "I completed
the dubbing. Now we are just waiting for ARRahman to give us one more
song," said kamal on the day Veerappan whisked away Dr Rajkumar.
"We would have released Tenali in September if Rahman had been a little
But we can't complain about the pace of his working. As a matter of fact we
have had envious glances thrown our way for getting Rahman at such short
notice. I believe Shyam Benegal saab and others are waiting in the queue."
talked about rift between Rahman and Vairamuthu is accentuated again with the
lyrics selections for "Thennali". Despite the apparent differences
between the duo, earlier it was believed that there could be still scope for
few songs from Vairamuthu in "Thennali". But now the latest buzz is
in the film there is not even a single song from Vairamuthu. Instead Rahman
this time has opted for lyrics from a new battery of songwriters like
Illamkamban, Kallaikumar, Arivumathi and Piraisudan. Incidentally all these
lyricists pen for the first time for Rahman, whose doors until now were open
only for Vairamuthu. So looks like the golden era of Rahman-Vairamuthu
combination is almost over now.
Ravikumar’s reputation for prolifically churning out movies in unbelievable
speed, not surprisingly his own home production "Thennali" with
Kamalhaasan in its lead is almost nearing towards its completion. However the
production pace of the movie is presently kept under check by Rahman’s music
score. Apparently three out of six songs for Thennali are already complete with
some tunes that were previously set aside by the composer. But now with Rahman
being totally preoccupied with his London assignment, it is going to take
sometime before he completes the other songs and the background score for
"Thennali". Considering this delay factor, at the earliest we could
only expect "Thennali" to become a Deepavali release for this year.
to its regular heroines Jyothika and Devayani "Thennali" also has
Meena appearing in a guest role. Interestingly Meena comes as actress Meena
herself in the film. Nonetheless like Kamal Meena also speaks Sri Lankan Tamil
in the movie. Besides Meena, popular radio announcer "Ilangai
Vaanoli" fame Abdul Hameed also appears in a guest role in
awards conferred on 70
New Delhi: President K R Narayanan on Thursday gave away the Padma awards to 70
eminent persons from various fields at a simple ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
received the Padma Vibhushan, 20 the Padma Bhushan and 39 the Padma Shri.
among the awardees are flute player Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, vocal
classical singer Pandit Jasraj, senior BJP leader Sikander Bhakt, journalist
and environmentalist Anil Kumar Agarwal, famous dancing pair Radha and Raja
Reddy, industralist Ratan Naval Tata, film star Hema Malini, film music
director A R Rehman and veteran film producer Ramanand Sagar.
economist Prof Jagdish Natwarlal Bhagwati, novelist R K Narayanan, information
technology leader of infosys technologies N R Narayana Murthy, Abdur Rahman
Rahi and Dr Gurdev Singh Khush were not present in the 45-minute ceremony to
receive their awards.
awardees, Padma Bhushan K J Somaiya, Padma Bhushan Dr Suryanarayana Srinivasan
and Padma Shri E Nilakanta Singh, were given award posthumously.
is in the news again
- Sounds like a soft drink's publicity campaign, doesn't it? But truly there is
nothing controversial this time regarding FEFSI's announcement. Just a simple
matter, like a roof over its head! The Film Employees Federation of South India
does not have a house of its own. So its chief, Director K. Balachander has
come out with this idea - a festival of cultural events hosted by the film
industry, on May first, Labour Day. The venue is the Nehru Indoor Stadium. The
participants are the entire film industry, the artistes, the technicians and
the singers for a programme lasting four hours.
At a 'meet
the press', K. Balachander said that there were 23 unions which had their own
buildings. But FEFSI the main organisation, under which the rest of the unions
come, had no building of its own. The Tamilnadu Government has granted them 2
¼ grounds at the 100 Feet Road in Vadapazhani. But the unit does not have
enough funds to construct a building. Since Balachander took over the
leadership of the organisation, his main aim has been to see that FEFSI gets
its own building within his tenure. And to collect an amount of Rs. Two crores
- the minimum amount needed to construct the building - is no easy task. It had
to be a combined effort and the whole industry has to pitch in. Hence the idea
of holding a cultural event, where the entire industry can take part and
contribute to a good cause.
Minister Karunanidhi would be asked to preside over the event. Being an
industry man, there is no way he would refuse it. The artistes have all sent in
their consent to participate in the big event. Big names like Shivaji Ganesan,
Superstar Rajinikant, Kamal Hassan, Vijayakant, Sharat Kumar, Prabhu, Kartik,
Satyaraj, Arjun, Ajit, Vijay, Murali, Partibhan, Napoleon and many more.
Artistes from other languages have also expressed their willingness to
participate in the event - Amitabh Bachchan from Hindi, Mamootty and Mohanlal
from Malayalam, Chiranjeevi from Telugu and Ravichandran from Kannada films.
Added to this will be a session with names like Illayaraja, M.S. Vishwanathan,
Deva, S.A. Rajkumar jointly conducting the musical event. Singers S.P.B.,
Jesudas, Hariharan, Shankar Mahadevan, Mano, Krishnaraj, Unni Krishnan, S.
Janaki, Swaranalatha, Chitra and others will be singing under their baton.
Sadly A.R. Rehman will be missing, as he will be away in London. But his music
from the film 'Rhythm' will be featured there.
will be three stage-plays. Goundamani who has been rarely seen on stage at film
events will team up with Senthil in a skit. Yet another play written by
director V. Shekhar will have Partibhan, Vadivelu, Charlie and Kovai Sarala in
it. And a third play will be written by Partibhan. And Manivannan and Satyaraj
will feature in a play written by Manivannan. The final event will be the
hip-swaying dances. Dance choregraphers Raju Sundaram, Prabhu Deva, Kala, Tarun
Kumar, Chinni Prakash, Murali, John Babu, Rajshekhar and Lawrence will
choreograph the dances. And artistes Arjun, Vijay, Ajit, Prashant, Abbas,
Surya, Vikram, Prabhu Deva, Manoj, Arun Kumar, Silambarasan, Meena, Roja,
Kushbu, Rambha, Ramya Krishnan, Devayani, Suvalakshmi, Simran, Nagma, Jyotika,
Manthara, Malavika, Preetha Vijaykumar, Kausalya, Sanghavi and Isha Kopikar
will be participating in this event.
event lasting 4 ¼ hours will be divided into three sections - music, dance and
drama. The visuals will be taken care of by P.C. Sriram, Jayan Vincent and
Jeeva. A committee has been formed under the leadership of K. Balachander for
which Cinematographer P.N. Sundaram, is the secretary, C.R. Mani is the
financial controller, and the members include - Bharatiraja, V. Shekhar,
Nasser, R.K. Selvamani, Partibhan, Chitra Lakshmanan, P.C. Sriram, Muhammad
Nayeem, C.K., Thottatharani, M.D.Sunder, Hemachandran, Kala, Murali, Ramadurai,
Jeeva, Jayanan Vincent, V. Sundaram, Shivashankaran, K. Narayanan, M. Sukumar,
Ramji, T. Rajendran, Sreenivasan and Raghuram among others. So watch out and
wait for this mega event on May 1st.