Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Makeup Maketh Sibi

[Pic Courtesy Sify]

As far as cinema goes, makeup maketh the man! And no further proof is needed than the above photo of Sibi, Satyaraj's son, in his next film Lee.

Sibi has always made me feel that he wouldn't have had even a remote chance of becoming a hero if it were not for his dad. He is tall and lanky like his famous father but is definitely not handsome or cute. And though he has inherited the talent of nakkal from his dad, we've had enough of that with Satyaraj. So it wasn't surprising that none of his films became hits (inspite of Satyaraj trying his best) and he seemed destined for a short innings in Kodambakkam.

But the still above made me do a double-take. When first glancing at the photo, I actually thought it was Arya, an acknowledged pretty boy and the current pin-up boy of Tamil cinema! With a different hairstyle, contact lenses and a beard, Sibi has been turned into a macho, rugged star who one could accept as a hero. Just goes to show how important makeup is in Tamil cinema...

15 Comments:

At 2:12 AM, Blogger sreekrishnanv said...

ya he looks decent in this !! ... His Voice modulation is also not that good..hope he covers up that !!

Notable aspect is the lighting and the artificial blood !!

 
At 4:50 AM, Blogger Rajesh Thiagarajan said...

Its about time Sibi and many other young heros start playing sensible roles.

These heros should learn a lesson or two from Bharath.

Rajesh

 
At 7:19 AM, Blogger Bart said...

You can probably add "Jithan" Ramesh to Sibi's list. A movie a month sneaks in and out of the theatres for this guy but still u cannot accept him.
Voice is a major minus for the above zeros. You can add the better looking and performing Jayam Ravi and Arya also to this category. Raise your voice guyz or even better - follow "mike" Mohan's method of having a permanant dubber :)

 
At 7:46 AM, Anonymous vijay said...

Jayam Ravi's voice -someone described it elsewhere as having not conquered puberty yet :-) Vikram's voice is a little feminine too. Rajni's baritone is still tough to top after all these years. Jithan Ramesh was on Pepsi ungal choice- YUCK! after seeing this programme I wondered how someone in their right minds would blow 100 bucks to actually watch this guy in a theater

Regarding makeup transformation- I think Surya's different look without the moustache in Ayudha ezhuthu is underrated in this regard. Everyone talks of his Gajini or Kaakka kaakka, but Mani Rathnam quietly built more class into Surya's looks(like he earlier did with the younger Kamal in Nayagan)just with a couple of simple tweaks, that made his outstanding-engineering-student role more believable.

 
At 7:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

for whatever reason, i am just ROFLMAO looking at the expression on Nila's (??) face. She looks like she just saw a snake on a plane!!

SK

 
At 8:05 AM, Blogger KK said...

I doubt if he can find a breakthrough...I strongly beleive that he does'nt have it in him...

 
At 8:06 AM, Anonymous ram said...

yeah, he looks alright...just hope he doesnt open his mouth too often...avange appa-va periiiiiiiya palluku mattum apdiye kondrukaan paiyyan...just wish he inherited some of his Dad's acting talent as well...Satyaraj is one helluva wasted actor...having recently revisited vedham pudhidhu, realized how much of an acting talent the man possesses and how that begs to be exploited by a fine Director like b raja or mani ratnam...
reg. sibi, lez wait n watch...this movie is being directed by solomon, the guy who made the meaningful 'kokki.' so, i havent lost hope in sibi just as yet :)

 
At 9:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even Vijayakumar's son Arun Kumar was pushed constantly in the audiences face. It's been 10 years and he hasn't gotten into the mainstream. Sometimes, it's just boring to see father, then son. Of course, luck should favor.

-kajan

 
At 7:33 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

sreekrishnan, all new heroes have that problem with voice modulation. the blood looks too artificial but u're right about the lighting...

rajesh, i think jeeva too has taken that advice. gotta see if 'lee' changes sibi's luck...

bart, while writing this i thot about which new actor i would rate below sibi. but u're right. ramesh would come in quite a bit below sibi. easily the worst actor out there right now...

vijay, voice is a minus for every1 right from ajith. limits the roles they can do. vijay seems to have worked on his voice though and has been a lot more commanding since tiruppaachi...

i think the film's success has a lot to do with how much other things about it r talked about. if 'aaydha ezhuthu' had been a hit, surya's image might've been noticed. then again, maddy's transformation into a bad guy was more noticeable...

SK, yes that is nila. and ever since i read ur comment, i can't help laughing when i see her expression either :)

kk, i've said that about a few actors before and had to eat my words. u never know when lady luck will smile on them. when she does, there's no catching them...

ram, yeah the director plays a big part in how the actor is shaped. just like surya got a gautham menon, sibi might have a director waiting to give him a good break :)

kajan, true arunkumar is 1 of the unlucky ones(seems like there r a lot of them!) but he is more talented than the likes of sibi. 1 'sethu' and could still make it...

 
At 7:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.tamilfilmratings.com/index.asp

 
At 10:02 PM, Blogger mysorean said...

Would love to agree with you! If the Satyaraj genre itself wasn't irritating enough, his family has taken up the task now!

I pass this one!

 
At 12:55 AM, Blogger Zero said...

For some reason I believe how much ever bad an actor's voice gets (of course when not intentionally done to give an "effect" or something), they should at least dub for themselves (since sync sound is not prevalent anyway).

 
At 1:51 AM, Blogger Bart said...

Balaji, I missed out another guy who would rank rock bottom in "bad-voice" category. This guy actually spoilt and pulled to pits an otherwise decent movie "Ponniyin Selvan", courtesy his voice modulation (or the lack of it). Yes, the one and only Ravi Krishna.

 
At 6:37 AM, Anonymous leo said...

@BALAJI.....

ajith has got a very good modulated voice....go and see for his other films like mugavari, kandukondain kandukondain, dheena....his voice modulation is macho....not the one like vijay....vijay is barking in tirupachi, sivakasi...but u need to have a macho voice and without much shouts you need to send a chill through other's spine....i hope u understand...

 
At 4:49 PM, Anonymous Darling said...

It is irritating to watch the likes of Sibi, Ramesh, RaviKrishna, Srikanth etc., these guys have no talent. Yet they keep churning film after film - courtesy of their film big-wig dads. This Jithan ramesh is appearing for the second time in Pepsi Ungal choice in the last 4 months. Very sad to see Uma being part of this grand scheme. SunTV is hell bent on promoting him.

Sibi - is a talentless, irritating, good for nothing who cannot survive without his dad taking a part in the movie. When is he going to realize that acting is not his forte.

RaviKrishna - reminds me of a rowdy in my area, has the looks of a porikki.

Jithan Ramesh - Worst of the lot. Has no shame that he keeps on releasing films just because his dad is a filthy rich producer. On top of this, he has a title "Jithan". He needs to learn a lot from his younger brother Jeeva.

ArunKumar - another talentless (but better than Jithu) offspring from pimp Vijayakumar's family.

Sorry for this outburst.

 

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