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December 12, 2020 6:52:45 am
2020 might have been a troublesome yr for folks the world over. However, it has been a yr of milestones for Famous person Rajinikanth, who turns 70 right now. Earlier in August, he accomplished 45 years within the movie business. And he lastly took his extremely publicised and long-awaited political plunge. With Rajinikanth throwing his hat within the ring for the subsequent state elections, it appears folks of Tamil Nadu will as soon as once more face a troublesome query that thus far remained throughout the confines of cinema: Rajinikanth pudikuma? illa Kamal Haasan pudikuma? (Do you want Rajini or Kamal?)
For many years Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan have held contrasting positions as prime stars of Tamil cinema. Whereas Rajinikanth most well-liked type to substance, Kamal selected substance over type. They usually each took Tamil cinema past state borders and opened up new markets for Indian motion pictures worldwide. Whereas Rajinikanth made Japanese fall in love with Tamil melodrama, Kamal delivered motion pictures that have been deemed Oscar-worthy (seven Kamal movies have been submitted to Oscars from India).
However they’d one factor in widespread: each used the platform of cinema to propagate their political beliefs. Nonetheless, there was an enormous distinction in how they addressed political points of their motion pictures.
Kamal has been very vocal about politics from the very starting of his profession. Nonetheless, till the Nineteen Nineties, Rajinikanth didn’t get political in his motion pictures.
The start of Rajinikanth expressing his political ambitions might be traced again to director P Vasu’s Panakkaran (1990). It began with a easy dialogue, “Naan nenacha thalaivan edathuku romba sulabama vara mudiyum.” (I might be a pacesetter very simply if I want so).
And Rajinikanth solely grew bolder in expressing his robust political beliefs. For instance, Valli, which he wrote and produced in 1993. Within the film, he performed an alcoholic with seemingly never-ending phrases of knowledge. Pattern this: An inebriated Veeraiya (Rajinikanth) crashes the marketing campaign of a political social gathering, the place the distribution of free goodies is occurring. And Veeraiya snaps: “naama enna pichaikaarangala? selai vetti vaangurathukku… modhelle velai vetti kelungayya. velai vetti kedacha, selai vetti nambale vankalam” (Who’re we beggars to take sarees and dhotis? Ask for employment alternatives, so to purchase your individual clothes.)
Most likely, that is the one film wherein Rajinikanth talked about actual political points. Within the following movies, it turned all about himself. It was the early days of “Will he? Received’t he?” query, and Rajinikanth let his favorite filmmakers exploit that eagerness and curiosity of the general public to the hilt. Movie after movie, he hinted that it was solely a matter of time earlier than he took state politics by storm. He used his movies to deal with his detractors with strains like Nethikku enna kooliyaa vechurndhaan, inikku nadigan aakirkaan, naalaikku… (He made me a coolie yesterday. He has made me an actor right now. Tomorrow…) in Uzhaippali (1993).
And he adopted that teaser with extra strains like: “Eppo varuven, epdi varuvennu yaarukkum theriyathu. Aana vara vendiya nerathula correct-a varuven.” (Nobody can inform when or how I’ll arrive, however when the time is correct, I might be there.)
And the Famous person upped his political rhetoric together with his religious movie Baba (2002). Within the movie, touted as a launch pad for his political profession, Rajinikanth performed an atheist who enjoys the blessings of all of the gods. And the movie traces his transformation to a spiritual individual. Even on this movie, Rajinikanth maintained his picture as a reluctant chief, who was ready for some kind of divine sign to make the leap. Once more, the principle political challenge right here was, “Will he or received’t he?”
In distinction, Kamal Haasan performed an idealistic and well-read youth going hungry for days on account of lack of employment in Varumayin Niram Sivappu (1980). He spoke about how politicians misguide and exploit kids for his or her private beneficial properties in Sathya (1988). He addressed violent caste conflicts in Thevar Magan (1992). He tackled the ethical decay of society in Mahanadhi (1994), ills of corruption in Indian (1996) and the price of hate-politics in Hey Ram (2000).
And now that brings us to the million-dollar query: Rajini pudikuma? illa Kamal pudikuma?
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