Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Kodeeswaran - A Poor Li'l Rich Man

When I talked in my profile box about "mostly unimportant things on my mind", this post is kinda what I was talking about :-)

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[Pic Courtesy Dinakaran]

The above picture is from a movie titled Kaadhalar Kondaattam and the guy there is Ebi Kunjumon, the son of producer Kunjumon, quite probably the man with most-punned name in Tamil cinema. Ebi was actually supposed to debut a long time ago in a movie titled Kodeeswaran and seeing this pic reminded me of that movie. That movie never saw the light of day and to this day, I'm not sure why.

Consider these facts... The movie's heroine was Simran, the most sought-after heroine of the day. The movie had a much-hyped one-song appearance by Karisma Kapoor, a top Bollywood heroine at that time. The movie's soundtrack, filled with catchy numbers appealing to the youth, was successfully released and was a hit. The movie's producer was, naturally, Kunjumon, the man behind movies like Gentleman, who would've had the money and clout to bring it to the screen.

I still remember my friend SS, who was big a movie buff as me, and me enjoying the songs and waiting for the movie's release. But the day never came. But knowing Tamil cinema, if Kaadhalar Kondaattam is a hit, Kodeeswaran will probably be dusted off the shelves and released with Ebi's name prominently displayed!

40 Comments:

At 2:40 PM, Anonymous ram said...

nyaan gay tea gunju moan thiruvanathapurathilindhu...ende megan ebi ode pedam kodeeswaran varathukku munaaley nyaan pichai kyaaran nelamaiku vandhutadhu...retchagen padathila kuppa thottiyai kyooda cubism style-la paint chayyarthukku dhoatta sir-um gyaandhi krishna-vum ryubees 50000 kaettu nyaan vaay polandhu chethathu godambakathirke therinje sengadhi...padam onnaan number floap aanu...nyaan odinathu odinathu...keralavin ellaikey odinathu...elyaam kedan thollai...ipo oru brath of frush air pole ebi marupiravi eduthu vandhadhu...'elaya naayahen'-nu oru padhavi kuduthadhu nyaane endde vaayaley...enda magan nannaayytu varum...ungall elaar blessings-le oven padamaane kaadhalar gondaataam un sevendy five days odanum...illaati, bag pack cheydhu nyaangal odanum...blease...bless him...

piriyamudan
gendleman
gay tee gunju moan

 
At 3:41 PM, Blogger Ram.C said...

Was the music director for 'kodeeswaran' - ranjit barot or AR.Rahman,BB? any idea? I remember hearing few songs few years back.

 
At 4:24 PM, Anonymous GP said...

Ram, that was really very good.. the number one film producer with movies like Sooriyan, Gentleman, Kadhalan and Kadhal desam bite the dust with one Ratchagan?? tough to believe.. He produced another flop (forgot the name) starring Yuvarani (and Vignesh??), which also flopped..

anyway, Ebi was too young for a hero in Koodeeswaran that time.. he seems mature and handsome too.. Good luck to him..

 
At 4:24 PM, Blogger IBH said...

but I pity that guy..coz he was daring enuff to launch Shankar's career.....he took risks...so hopefully his new film works out for him!

 
At 4:32 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

ram ,very funny :) and conveyed all necessary info too!

ramc, googled after i did the post and found that music was by agosh, which was actually the 1st letters of the names of 3 guys...

gp, 'sakthi'? yuvarani and vineeth.and yeah, ebi does look much better than a few other heroes out there today.

ibh, yep thats true. he daringly invested a lot on a new director. i heard he and shankar had a fallout right after 'gentleman'.

 
At 4:37 PM, Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

OOO...brought back memories of 1998.! I bought the casette of Koteeswaran and loved that song 'Santha velichathil veetukku vellai adi'. I thought the music director was Ilayaraja.!

Pathetic to read about a ex-great Kunjumon..who is now bankrupt.!

Let's with EBI the very best.!

 
At 4:45 PM, Anonymous Prakash said...

Ram.C, the MD most definitely isn't ARR. I have the tape somewhere, will check and confirm. But Ranjit Barot sounds awful familiar, so that's probably the guy. Liked the songs quite a bit.

Apparently, KT wanted a hefty sum, which nobody was willing to pay. He held firm, so did the distributors, and the film never got released!

 
At 5:22 PM, Anonymous ram said...

"Agosh" was the trio that did the music for "Sakthi" and also that funny Karthik movie, "Harichandra."

btw, bj, Gendleman and Shankar did have a fallout but it was after Kadhalan...

 
At 5:32 PM, Anonymous GP said...

Yeah, Sakthi.. the village movie involving some elephant and all.. He had the notorious distinction of breaking up badly with the directors.. He was apparently short-tempered and used to call his directors "patti" and all that.. No director worked with him for more than 2 movies..

Pavithran was introduced in "Vasanthakala paravai" and then given a potentially career-defining boost in Suriyan.. Shankar, working as Pavithran's assistant, approached KTK for Gentleman.. Even Kathir, after the flop "Uzhavan" was given a lift in Kadhalar Dhinam.. If KTK had been less arrogant, Shankar would have surely helped him..

 
At 7:21 PM, Blogger Orange Fronkey said...

TOo bad eh? I liked the songs from that movie.. esp the "keel naattu cleopatra" & "alva paapaa" very catchy

 
At 7:36 PM, Anonymous rekhs said...

hi,
usually in tfm we come across famous duos as mds...
viswanathan and ramamoorthy,
shankar-ganesh,
but a trio is rare..
Agosh is an acronym and it refers to 3 people - Anand, Ghosh and Shaleen.
Their best contribution is tholaivinilae vaanam beautifully rendered by hariharan and repeated by chithra..
just switch off all lights and listen to this...
u will b transported to another world!:)
http://www.tfmpage.com/cgi-bin/stream.pl?url=http://www.dhool.com/sotd/tholai.rm
lyrics at:
http://www.tfmpage.com/forum/28461.lyrics.html
happy listening!
:)

 
At 8:33 PM, Blogger thennavan said...

Ivvalavu background irukkunne theriyaama pochchu. Thanks for bringing them to light.

 
At 9:58 PM, Blogger ioiio said...

Idhu andha kaasu mela sharmili dhaaney.. Thimiru pudichavey.. U shud have seen her in one of those oorvashi in Raj Tv interview.. She was bragging left right and centre

 
At 10:44 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

narayanan, i think thats a grp song right? we liked that one too...

merino, yep. i think the 'keezhnaatu cleopatra' was the karisma kapoor song...

gp, songs porutha varai looks like we have a bigger db than you in rekhs!

rekhs, havent listened to the song yet. which movie is it from?

ioiio, adhenna 'kaasu mela' sharmili? she looks familiar though. i think she came in 'anbe anbe' with shaam and a couple of other movies too.

 
At 11:16 PM, Anonymous ram said...

kasu mela, i think was that stupdi tv show that she compered...she has such an unattractive face + such a cinematic, artificial smile...

style, grace elaam Simi thaan! andha Red Saree poattutu oru nada nadapo paaru Paarthen Rasithen-la...title gana kachidham! sorry konjum tunsan aayten...!
enna naan solradhu bb?!

 
At 11:29 PM, Blogger Sriram said...

ram,kalakiteenga ponga..dhool!

 
At 11:36 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

am watching sun tv right now and they just had a song from 'aasai aasaiyai' with jeeva and sharmili...

ram, sharmili and sims pathi ore commentla pesaradhe thappu :)

 
At 12:11 AM, Anonymous ram said...

thappu thappu...iduppula...chi, kannathula poattukaren!
Simi Vaazhge!

 
At 1:12 AM, Blogger Kaps said...

Hv heard of Kodeeswaran...but hvn't heard the song. I read somewhere that K T Kunjumon had gone off to the Gulf. Looks like anybody and everybody in Kollywood wants to launch their son / daughter at any cost.

 
At 2:49 AM, Blogger ioiio said...

Next Diwali releasela "KT Kunjamon", "AM Ratnam", "Oscar RaviChandran" ivinga ellaaam nadichi padam vandhaalum aacharya padaradhukku onnum illa.

Yaa Yaa.. Kasumela is that dumb live telephone show.. And the sick compere is this sharmili..

 
At 2:51 AM, Blogger ioiio said...

Infact oru vagaila paarthaaa unga profile picture la rendu "goli" ottnaa maadhiri irukku ava face.. Vaai Mattum will go beyond the face pogum..

Idhu oru after thought :)

 
At 4:39 AM, Anonymous rekhs said...

"Agosh is an acronym and it refers to 3 people - Anand, Ghosh and Shaleen.
Their best contribution is tholaivinilae vaanam beautifully rendered by hariharan and repeated by chithra.."
aiyooooooda..naan sonnadhay kodeeswaran padam pathi dhaan..its the best song in that movie..
naan db ellam illai...tfm la oru ellai illa aarvam avalavudhaan..:)
cos in my dictionary db means dumbo bimbo:))

 
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At 6:32 AM, Blogger bladehawk1404 said...

It was highly unfortunate that Kodieswaran never saw the light of the day. I remember i was extremely dissapointed when the film never got released after hearing the songs which had some very good numbers like tholaivinilae, alva pappa, naan keelnatu cleopatra, tham tharika thom, etc. Its by 3 person.. Anand, Gopal & Shalin which forms Agosh. Anand was the MD for Sakthi another KTK film.

KT Kunjumon was a top notch mega budget movie producer who dared to go the extra mile in giving good entertainment movies and created box office records in blockbuster films such as Surieyan, Gentleman, Kadhalan and Kadhal Desam. He introduced many new directors who went on to be successful such as Pavithran, Praveen Gandhi and the most famous of them all Shankar. He gave director Kathir his break after the failure of Uzhavan in Kadhal Desam thus creating his niche in the kadhal type movies. A trademark feature in all KTK films is that he mounts his films lavishly with excellent production values. Action sequences in his films are at par with some hollywood films.

The failure of his last two movies Sakthi and Ratchakan could be the reason of Kodieswaran being shelved. Rumour has it that the film was completed but distributers refused to buy on KTK's asking price. Personally, i didin't find anything bad in those films and didin't deserve it's fate. IMO, Ratchakan is one of the best action movies i've ever seen compared to nowadays hit masala tamil movies. Regardless of what kind of a person he is, tamil cinema has lost one of the best producers.

I read an article in Indiaglitz a few weeks back that KTK is back and he is going to produce the remake of the Simbu starrer Thotti Jaya in telegu with his son Ebi in the lead. Glad to see he is back and hopefully he strikes gold once again.

 
At 6:46 PM, Blogger Ram.C said...

bb...it seems this a dubbing version of a malayalam movie.

look into this..

http://www.hindu.com/fr/2005/07/08/stories/2005070803310300.htm

 
At 1:08 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

ioiio, sharmili mela enna sir avlo kovam??!! thitti theethutingale!!

bladehawk, my thots exactly.

ramc, yep sure looks like it... thanx!

 
At 1:52 PM, Blogger skanda said...

This film i heard is dub from malayalam..ur rite, ram.c...anyway what has hapened to "swasam" which suppose to have Ebi in as well. Priyangka Trividi was suppose to make her debut with him in this film?

 
At 10:30 AM, Blogger bladehawk1404 said...

Yes Kaadhalar Kondattam is dubbed from the malayalam film Youth Festival.

Skanda, Swaasam never took off after the initial launch which was even attended
by A R Rahman.

 
At 5:40 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

hmmm... i think i saw the dvd for 'youth festival' recently. but defly not on my to-see list.

never heard of swaasam. so the fact that it never even took off sounds right!

 
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At 11:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

feel pitty for dos who iltreat mr ktk lik dis.yrs bak he ws de top most producr.nd its a fact dat vn kids knw his name n fame.he is knwn al around de world.nd ofcos his movis wer blockbstrs.its easy to make fun of othrs but very tough to b lik him.

 
At 4:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

any idea if ktk decide to release this movie.

 

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