Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Favorite Rajni Performances - IV

Alex Pandian - Moondru Mugam


With the role of the rough-and-tough inspector Alex Pandian, Rajni set the standard for all future roles of the honest cop in Tamil cinema. The honest policeman who doesn't bow down to those in power is one of the staples of Tamil cinema but Rajni made it stand out with his performance and I think it is safe to say that it hasn't been matched until today.

With a slightly hunched back, fast walk and piercing stare, the role is a classic. His fiery dialogs with Senthamarai are now legendary and his rapid-fire, stylish delivery made them instant classics. Without giving up any of the roughness, he still managed to convey his love and affection for Rajalakshmi at home. If there is one complaint about the role, it is only the fact that it is too short!

9 Comments:

At 2:28 PM, Anonymous ram said...

yeah, i remember the stand off between rajni and senthamarai...love the scene where senthamarai visits rajni's house to offer him a bribe...

 
At 3:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Annamalai at 5 and Alex Pandian at 4. Waiting to see your first 3 Thalaivar performances. I am getting goosebumps on simply reading your write-ups. Only watching a Thalaivar movie tonight will quench my thirst for some Thalaivar action :) Happy birthday wishes to THE MAN who rules the hearts & minds of Tamilians all across the globe.

 
At 3:36 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

ram, every scene between them is a classic :)

filbert, spoken like a true thalaivar fan :)

 
At 6:41 PM, Blogger Bart said...

Yes, Alex Pandian was a too short role.. Thatz a big grouse :)

 
At 8:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

'adhey kozhandhai kitta Alex Pandian-nu solli paaru. innoru kaiyyaala avanga amma vaayayum moodum.'

 
At 9:23 PM, Blogger srivatsan said...

No Mannan :) a pity

 
At 3:20 PM, Anonymous vidhya said...

Alex pandian - The walk. vera enna venum?

 
At 8:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is not one of those Amitabh starrers he did in Tamil, was it la?

 
At 7:16 PM, Blogger ranganathan said...

anon - you are wrong....
rajni made this film in hindi too!

balaji - how can u forget the coolers of Alex? it's ultimate man!

 

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