- There is no two feeling.. Only one.. Its long overdue..And if it had not been done at least done it will be a glaring disregard.. a glaring omission.. thats what we have been trying to tell even the government.. and constantly reminding them.. Not because of some hurry.. He's in good health.. He can probably direct a few more films if he so wishes.. But my thing of course its been often said in many interviews.. they know what i am to him and what he is to me.. there is only one thing i would like to say.. its a very personal matter but it doesn't matter.. now we are beyond all that.. Im groomed by him and everybody knows that and its a father-son relationship.. Once when i went to see one of his plays, i had tears in my eyes.. not so because of just the quality of the play because he is known for that.. its not a surprise.. but the tenacity of purpose and the intent with which he does a play - the constant endeavor to excel - that is what moved me and i suddenly realized and i wrote saying that the roles have been reversed.. I felt like a proud father because i have grown up enough to understand that the value of the true son of the soil.. i need not be a parent.. but that’s what he is.. a very important son of the soil.. a wealth - specially Tamil Nadu - we can boast - we can beat our chest and say that he is from here - but that doesn’t mean that we are trying to entrap him into a colloquial border.. but I’m sure there will be someone from Nannilam who'll say he's ours but he's everybody's.. including Kamal Hasan's - especially Kamal Hasan's.. and this is one occasion where i use - to vault over - its a fulcrum which is use to lift my other heavy load of gratitude and other things and the good things i have to say about him.. He's one package - an inimitable package and i have been telling this to people..And apart from the government, the industry already respects him but they should understand the true value of it,.. if you have have to say in tamil - intha thangathai nalla orachu paakanum - santhegame vendam - iruntha nalla orachu paarunga yena konjamaavathu ottum.. (இந்தத் தங்கத்தை நல்லா உரைச்சுப்பார்க்கணும்.. சந்தேகமே வேண்டாம்- இருந்தா நல்லா உரைச்சுப் பாருங்க வேணா, கொஞ்சமாவது ஒட்டும்-) Thats what I would like to say.. he's a very important man and im very proud.. i want him to be very healthy.. if at all an award has to be given apart from films he should be given for the way he takes care of his health.. he had a heart attack when he was 40 or 41 and he decided to change his lifestyle and that way also he is a champion.. Thats another award that doctors would have to sit around and discuss...
I think he should start listening to many stories.. at least even if he doesn't want to make a film he should advise all and sundry.. I was a nobody when he picked me up so was Mr Rajini.. He should now pick up boys and impart as much knowledge as he can.. and im very lucky that way.. nobody will get as much from him as I’ve got.. and i know I’m arrogant in saying that but I can say that because i have been humble in learning.. now I’m boasting about the opportunity only - not about what i have achieved..
- What sets him apart
- one is he is constantly critiquing himself and asking.. I’ve seen him terribly worried about a release of a film which doesn't matter at all after all the success.. I’m talking about maybe after more than midway across 100 films that he had done.. and he'd get worried - almost drive himself to sickness.. Worrying and worried sick they say.. that’s what we would say - why does he have to worry - even if the film is an utter flop it would never change the value of the man but he would worry for everything and the amount of effort that he puts in every bit - we used to make fun - like if there’s a postman's character and he has to say 'sir post', he would rehearse and he would look at it from another angle and he’ll work on it.. i have seen it happen,.. thats how I came in.. So also Mr Rajini - started with a bit role.. its a smaller role.. As a matter of fact, the opening of Rajini with Balachander was much bigger than what i got in Arangetram.. I had to work really hard and he notices it.. That's his strength.. I wish Mr Ananthu had been alive.. He could have easily been alive.. We are all people who wanted him to rise rise rise and rise.. I’m very happy
- his best
I have done about 36 films with him.. truly even the ones that didn’t do well are my favorites - even the ones where I did bit roles - it was not about the ego.. the honor of working with him was always there.. i don't know about many others but I’m very proud and I think he's very important and even as an old man with oxygen in my mouth i would still have to remember him - he’s that important a part of my film career.. i have had many gurus in various sections of life and this part is very important.. its as important as Shivaji Ganesan sir was to me and they didn’t hand guide me.. this gentleman did that.. they gave it for everyone.. they were like listening to all India radio.. but he personally led me and that was like a blind man crossing the street - that’s how we were when we came and he led us across the street..
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