Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Asin's Screening Policy

Rediff has an interview with Asin, the current darling of Kodambakkam, and one of the things she said during the interview really caught my eye - “First, I look at the story, then my character, the director and the banner. The last criterion is the hero.” Having seen Sivakasi, Asin’s seemingly strict screening policy led me to imagine how the conversation would’ve gone when she was approached by Perarasu for Sivakasi.

Perarasu: Asin, I’ve come to see if you want to be heroine in my next movie Sivakasi.

Asin: Welcome sir. I would love to do the film but I have a few rules about the movies I accept. Most important to me is the story. What is the story of your movie?

Perarasu: The hero is an orphan but we reveal later that he has a family back in his village. So he goes back to his village to set things right.

Asin: Thats such an original story. And though you never mentioned a heroine, it sounds like a story where the heroine has a lot of scope.

Perarasu: It does?! *makes mental note to reduce heroine's 'scope', whatever that may be*

Asin: Now how about my character?

Perarasu: Initially you wear modern dresses but after the chauvinistic hero rudely and vulgarly tells you that your dressing is responsible for perverts brushing against you, you start wearing sarees and fall in love with him.

Asin: Such an interesting and sensible character. I’m sure Ramadoss and the Dalit Panthers would be happy with it too. Tell me more…

Perarasu: You also agree to sleep with the hero to prove your love though you don’t know if he loves you and you get slapped when you ask him some practical questions.

Asin: What a wonderful role! I’ve been waiting to play a character like this. Who’s the genius director who came up with this role?

Perarasu: Me!

Asin: Great! But I only take on movies with good directors. How many movies have you directed so far?

Perarasu: I’ve directed only 1 movie Tiruppaachi.

Asin: Tiruppaachi? That movie didn’t have any heroine, right?

Perarasu: Sure it did. Remember Trisha? She came in a couple of scenes in the first half and danced in the duets?

Asin: Oh, those were duets? I thought they were item numbers... Anyway, which banner is producing the film?

Perarasu: A.M.Rathnam’s Sri Surya Movies.

Asin: Oh my God! So is Ravikrishna going to be the hero then?

Perarasu: No, its Vijay.

Asin: Whew! OK, I'm convinced. Where do I sign?

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And while on the topic of interviews, here are a couple of other statements that made me laugh…

Perarasu – “Sivakasi is not a typical Vijay film”

Nayanthara – “Doing glamour roles is no harm as long as it doesn't portray me in a obscene way”

36 Comments:

At 11:46 PM, Blogger Kaps said...

I also read the Perarasu interview in Rediff and was surprised when Rediff came up with such a misleading headline.

 
At 1:45 AM, Blogger Raju said...

hahha... good one.. Looks like what she meant was "I initially look(ed) for story; then for my role.... then (now) hero...". LOL... I think it would take her a long time to get a good role like that in Ghajini..

 
At 3:53 AM, Blogger skanda said...

Right on the dote again Balaji...which heroine these days see the story first than the Hero, banner and Director...i cant think of a single heroine who does this..if they do..tamil cinema will be better off...

 
At 3:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

funny.. and good writing.. keep up
the good work...
- HB

 
At 4:33 AM, Anonymous Gopi said...

Heh..heh..Maybe she just wanted to put Vijay on her resume :)

Project:
Sivakasi

Duration:
Who cares?!

Employer:
Perarasu

Responsibilities:
Dress sexy.
Bring beer.

Tools Used:
Vijay, blah, blah

 
At 5:39 AM, Blogger Zero said...

*makes mental note to reduce heroine's 'scope', whatever that may be*
Fricking hilarious!

 
At 5:45 AM, Blogger Ms Ch said...

Hilarious!

 
At 6:43 AM, Blogger Preethi said...

Very funny post...I am just laughing to myself sitting in my cube. I hope my TL doesn't drop by now. The statements made by Asin are atleast acceptable to some extent, but those of Perarasu & Nayanthara was too much. I'm just ROFL...Good one Balaji!

 
At 7:39 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

kaps, i know! 'sivakasi' is exactly what he said it isnt - a typical vijay film!!

raju, yeah. tamil cinema is so hero oriented that its tough to expect heroines to get strong and memorable roles every time. but i wish they would just be more honest about it :)

skanda, or tamil cinema will have more heroine-less films :)

HB, Harish? glad to know u're still visiting :)

gopi, yep. i'm pretty sure the order for most, if not all, heroines is the exact reverse of what she has listed...

zero/missy, thanx :)

preeti, thanx! and that was my reaction as i read their interviews too :)

 
At 7:47 AM, Anonymous ram said...

bb, that was hilarious!! nice imagination...konjam asin chellatha kaala vaari vittuteenge but paravaaille...elaam avalode nanmaikaaga thaane solrom :))

I'm still dreaming of Kalpana...thinking of the scene where she says, "10 naall-naa 10 naall-nu fix aaydaathey...7 naall-la velai mudinja udaney vandhudu." that was soooo cute...

here're a few lines for her a la Adithadi Satyaraj's poem...

Asin...

en mouse buttonil louse panna vandha clicku
irukkum heroinegalil nee thaan picku

monitorin vannagalile nee than prakaasa lightu
nee than dee sanjay RAMasaamiyin sightu

keyboardil elaa keygalilum un kanngall...
adadaa! viral nuniyil ethanai karuppu-vellai malargall...

java program-il nee thaan infinite loopu
en dinner-il nee thaan SWEET corn soupu

manamey! en junk mail-il sudarmani jattigall
unakku vaanguven vairathil mettigall

anbudan,
ram

 
At 8:28 AM, Anonymous Gopi said...

Ram said...

lots of stuff

rettaival kuruvi endral yenna yennamo seiya vaendiyathiruku, solla vaendiyathiruku...

Honestly, dude, that poem was impressive! Now you just have to come up with something impressive for Aishoo...or risk war on the homefront :)

 
At 8:40 AM, Anonymous sk said...

Hilarious!
SK

 
At 9:28 AM, Anonymous Narm said...

Hello,

Long time reader, first time commenter - just had to say that post was funny. Balaji, you should def. do more of these...

I stumbled on bbreviews during my sophomore year at college, and it remains the only site I check for reliable reviews. Thanks for keeping me in touch with the cine world during those drought years at school!

 
At 10:07 AM, Anonymous ram said...

gopi sir, your rettai vaal kuruvi comment was really funny!

Maddy baashaila, "enakku indha kannum pidikkum...andha kannum pidikkum!"

kannukku kannaaga irandu paer...
verenne venum, maapoo!!

 
At 10:27 AM, Blogger Me too said...

Good one! Guess you can try your hand writing for vikatan 'naiyandi'!!

 
At 3:02 PM, Blogger Aatma said...

completely agree with you on Balaji - what was he thinking when he said that it is not a typical vijay movie

 
At 4:28 PM, Blogger Babs said...

Balaji,
LOL that was a phunny narration, good one :-)

I know you wud have seen Surya's Interview online, I thought he spoke really well and also liked the path he had chose viz Kamal, Mohan Lal, etc to try diff role instead of same old tamil hero formula. Hope his brother Karthik also makes good movies like him.

 
At 4:35 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

ram, poem super. the 'karuppu vellai malargal' bit is from one of 'ghajini's songs right? was that planned?

sk, thanx :)

narm, a big thanks for the warm praise. indha madhiri comments tharadhu-na u should comment a lot more! brightens up my day :)

me too, thanx :)

aatma, yep. as i said b4, u can't get a more typical vijay movie than 'sivakasi'!!

babs, thanx :) didnt see surya's interview yet. will chk it out tonight :)

 
At 4:47 PM, Anonymous ram said...

yeah, the "karuppu-vellai pookall undaa? un kannil naan kanden..." remember i wrote earlier that that was my fav line in the song!
in less charitable terms, bit adichen :)

 
At 5:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice imagination and very comical conversation. I heard Asin got more scenes in Sivakasi than Majaa :-) and also the on-screen chemistry between Vijay and Asin is good. Regardless of heroines (like Sonia, Rakshita etc.,) Vijay's screen presence will change any join up from goof to good.

 
At 6:22 PM, Anonymous ram said...

anon, vijay has absolutely no chemistry with ANY of his heroines...screen presence, maybe...but i dont think he's really "clicked" with any of his pairs...watch surya and jo in kaaka kaaka ...now that's chemistry...if u want a non-real life-pair, then kamal and sridevi...

 
At 3:43 AM, Anonymous b a l a j i said...

I think asin didn't want to let go the chance of acting with a big star like vijay. but if he keeps acting in branded formula movies like the way he is doing after 'ghilli', i doubt if he would be a star anymore

 
At 11:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Balaji
Nicely written, very hilarious and good sense of humor. I wonder what story and " bound" Script she was looking for in Sivakasi. Mothamave avaluku oru two page script and dialog than errukum in the whole movie.....

Happy blogging
Swapna

 
At 11:58 AM, Anonymous Sandya said...

I read this Surya interview in Sify.com last week, where he said that 'marriage was around the corner for him, as his only sister was getting hitched this month!' I guess, that caught my attention more than anything else! :-)

 
At 12:53 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

anon, thanx :) and i agree with ram. i defly didnt c any sparks between vijay and asin in 'sivakasi'.

balaji, defly. the hero is surely the 1st thing any heroine looks at.

swapna, thanx :) and 2 pages irundha jaasthi!!

sandya, i think that was actually the headline in sites that republished that interview :) so it caught everybody's attention :)

 
At 2:29 AM, Blogger Nithya Swaminathan said...

ha ha ha! too funny!

 
At 9:47 AM, Anonymous Gopi said...

Hey, guys, here is another one of those chicks...

http://tamil.galatta.com/entertainment/livewire/livewire/id/848/news/lakshmirai.html

 
At 2:00 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

gopi, that was hilarious. atleast asin had some basis saying that after 'ghajini'. but lakshmi rai is the actress in 'kundakka mandakka' i think. considering her role in that, the statement is hilarious!!

 
At 4:27 PM, Blogger narayanan said...

First, I look at the story, then my character

none of the 2 work. out of 4, 3 were remakes(MKSM, Gajini, Maja), other one(Sivakasi) did'nt even know what a story meant. None of the 4 had a role for her. ellathulayum glamour doll dhaan.

 
At 11:11 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

ranganathan, i would say 'ghajini' had a good role for her. MKSM would probably be next. 'maja' and 'sivakasi' were both equally bad as far as her role goes.

 
At 9:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vijaynu oru hero irukkaruthy ungallukku pidikalliya
avaru enna padam nadichallum
vettiya madichi kattikkitu vanthu esuringa
every post
tell me one line you praised him
yo better change the title bbthots to vijay haters club

Yen.. Trisha and Hari interview podurathu, aaru padathukku
athullu trishavukku enna national award charactera?
yen, Nayanathavaryum unga Superstar director Vasuvayum podartahu Chandramukhi...
Nayantharavauku enna nandi awarda kidachuccu?

Vijay pidikalaina frank sollunga
athavuttuthu
kindalam kindal...
sathiyama.. this is not a humourous post..

 
At 9:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Genelia had more scope than Vijay in Sachein...
You wont know that...
You will only look at Vijay's weakness
and Bash him for fun....
Majavoda Sivakasila Asin better...

 
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