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Sridhar Mourns The Death of Sridhar!

Discussion in 'Wednesdays with Varalotti' started by varalotti, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. varalotti

    varalotti IL Hall of Fame

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    My Dear Daughters, GFs, Sisters, Friends and Gracious ILites,

    Surprised about the title, right? Is this another card up your sleeve,Varalotti, you ask.

    No it isn't. I just want to pay tributes to one of the great Tamil Directors Sridhar who passed away at Chennai yesterday. Sridhar was 75 when he died.

    What was Einstein and Newton to the world of science, Sridhar was to Kollywood.
    In the pre-Sridhar days movie-dialogues will be in literary Tamil, which is way different from our conversational, colloquial Tamil.
    eg. நாதா, நீங்கள் ஏன் இவ்வளவு தாமதமாக வந்திருக்கிறீர்கள்? is something the heroines would ask. Sridhar's heroines started asking simply "ஏங்க லேட்டு?"

    It was Sridhar who made the audience recognise that there was much more to a movie than the actors and actresses. Only after his entry people started asking "Who's the director?"

    When the Directors of those days used to cast all popular stars and try to make a hit movie,Sridhar boldly experimented with all new faces and made them all great stars. In just one film, Vennira Aadai he gave us Jeyalalitha, Vennira Aadai Murthy, Vennira Aadai Nirmala and Srikkanth. In addition to that he gave us a wonderful story as well.

    Women went crazy over his films Kalyanaparisu and Nenjil Or Aalayam.In the latter movie there was a wonderful knot. Devika and Kalyan Kumar love each other. But they get separated.Devika marries Muthuraman. Muthuraman is seriously ill and is admitted to the hospital in which Kalyan Kumar is the Chief Doctor. Muthuraman wants Devika to marry Kalyan Kumar if something happens to him. (Remember the song Sonnathu Nee thaana..)

    Kalyan Kumar strives hard to save his ex-lover's husband.He works day and night for that. Muthuraman is saved while Kalyan Kumar dies of exhaustion.


    Kalyanaparisu was another epic. Kadhalikka Neramillai was a classic and defined the standards for a decent high class comedy. That perhaps is the last comedy film which you can see with your teenage children. The comedy scenes of these days.. well as an ILite said, you can't even see with your DH sitting by your side.

    In the late 70s came Ilamai Unjaladukirathu starring Rajni and Kamal.It was a soft love story of course with a few glamorous scenes added to satisfy the new wave trend of 70s. But at the end of it all it is the love that would be in the minds of the audience. I was hardly 20 at that time and used to hum the duet song "Ore Naal unai naan nilaavil paarthathu" constantly.

    MGR movies used to be stereotyped. But Sridhar could bring the best of love from MGR and Latha in Urimaikkural. When MGR lip-synchs the ever green duet unakkakave naan vazhiren even those loveless hearts would melt in love.

    And my dear ladies there is one more reason that his death affects me this much. Do you know that I was named after the great Director?

    Kalyana Parisu was Sridhar's Directorial debut.It was running to packed houses. My aunt, who later became my adoptive mother,Padmasani (wife of Varalotti Rengasamy Iyengar who gave me my pen name) was Sridhar's ardent fan. She was so much impressed by Kalyanaparisu that when the telegram announcing my birth (there were no phones in those days) on 29th April, 1958 around 9 in the night, she virtually decided to call the newborn Sridhar.

    May be that is one reason that I love writing love stories and that I always fall for sentiments and nice feelings.

    That Sridhar gave us so much of happiness. He gave us wholesome entertainment and taught us some values as well. May his soul rest in peace!
     
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  2. Lalitha Shivaguru

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    Sridharrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr........................... you gave me an heart attack.. Why do you do this always... I only hope your GFs' are all strong hearted... abba ippadi oru adurchiya.

    Yesterday, my daughter also announced the death of Sridhar, I was caught unawares. Because I have lot of people known by that name.

    Though I have seen his movies but I loved Kadhalikka neramillai a lot. Even now I love to see this movie expecially the scene of Nagesh narrating a story to Balaiyya. That scene everybody in my family loves. It is a master piece.

    So you have a reason to get your name tooo... nice to know that.

    May the tribe of Sridhar increase and pray for his soul to rest in peace.
     
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  3. Saraswathipv

    Saraswathipv IL Hall of Fame

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    Sridhar sir,

    [​IMG] What a title...it made me rush here....

    Well...it was a glowing tribute to the veteran film director. The movies that you mentioned.. kalyana parisu, kadhalike nerum illai and vennir adai, are the names that come up ..whenever his name is mentioned.

    I remember having read somewhere that he was the one who introduced kashmir, in Tamil movies...was it "then nilavu"?
    I pray for his soul to rest in peace..[​IMG]

    You wonder, if you love writing love stories and... fall for sentiments and nice feelings as you have been named after him...?
    Who knows you could one day end up directing movies as he did:idea...After all your namesake started off as a writer(dialogue-writer), I beleive.

    Bye
     
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  4. meenakshirajan

    meenakshirajan Silver IL'ite

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    Dear Sridhar Sir,

    Oh God. Really shocked seeing the title. If you don't mind will you please change the title.

    Meenakshi Rajan
     
  5. Lalitha Shivaguru

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    Dear Meena,

    Atlast Sridhar's title made you open up...... kudos sridhar another feather in your cap. Making the most silent person remark like this.... Big Laugh:hide:

     
  6. meenakshirajan

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    Dear Lalitha Madam,
    All because of your inspiration.
    Meenakshi Rajan
     
  7. Lalitha Shivaguru

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    Dear Boost,

    Please note this point.................. work done as your bas...:rotfl:hide:


     
  8. meenakshirajan

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    Absolutely true Lalitha. No doubt about it.
    Meenakshi
     
  9. aishu22

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    Dear Sridhar,
    Sema catchy title!! This morning i read this news in Hindu.I was a kid in his prime times.So, too young to comment on his calibre, but your post about his movies made a good read to me.Actually it was like a review in Newspaper -too good.
    But i have watched the Kadhalikka neram illai - its an awesome movie.

    Thanks for throwing light about the great director.May his soul RIP.
     
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    Dear Varalotti,
    Yes, indeed Directior sridhar is remembered with respect by many tamilians. My husband is his admirer and bemoaned his loss as that of a dear one. We were also talking of all the movies you mentioned particularly the scene you mentioned with kalyan kumar, muthuraman and devika.Infact sridhar died rich in the sense that all people remember him with high regard.
    May his soul rest in peace.
    Regards,
    Meenu
     

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