Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Showtime


Its nice that our Tamil heroes are looking fit, paying attention to their bodies and all that. But do they have to flaunt their physique in every movie? With all our heroes going topless these days, the stills from our movies are starting to look like male versions of those infamous Malayalam movie posters that showed the buxom actresses in skimpy clothes and various stages of undress.Oh well... I guess this is one way to turn even action movies like Ayan and Thoranai into chick flicks :)

23 Comments:

At 12:01 AM, Blogger skanda said...

The toned look fits suryah very well but actors like Vishal and dhanush..they need to beef up thier bodies more. salman khan should comedown south and advise these actors on how to look fit and toned. But anyway i'm still happy that actor are taking the trouble to do something about thier appearances. Gone are the Belly days :)

 
At 12:13 AM, Anonymous IcyCool said...

Why not ? :)


IcyCool
http://pataampoochi.blogspot.com

 
At 12:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you have got it flaunt it...


Sri

 
At 2:35 AM, Blogger Bart said...

On a different note, am happy to note that sparingly used words like "thoranai" and "ayan" will be under limelite.. It is actually interesting to think what these titles would've been had it not been for the tax cuts (perhaps "stylu" or "gethu"). Many a ppl questioned me what this "Varanam" means recently.. Though it is stifling creativity, it works on its own way :)

 
At 6:19 AM, Anonymous Sivajini said...

:D

Sivajini

 
At 6:38 AM, Blogger Ree_mathi said...

So finally women also get to droll ... I suppose ...

 
At 7:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let the ladies have their fill now:-)

Surya looks great, but surely, if every actor in Tamil started flaunting, romba kastam-thaan. After all, let's face it. Tamil industry is the ashram for the 'not so good looking' men:-) I have sometimes even felt that not so conventionally good looking guys from other states even try in Tamil because of this acceptance, from Rajni to Vishal. If they start shedding their clothes too, romba paavanga naanga:-)

All this is media hype, at least. I was terrified to see an open-shirted picture of Rajni:-)

Surya rocks:-)

-kajan

 
At 7:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somehow men and women are so different that this doesn't turn women on the way skimpy clothes turns on men.

 
At 8:53 AM, Blogger Rajanikanth Jayaseelan said...

I hope this does not boost up the steroid industry in TN. Maybe they should explain how they got their bodies. The change seems to be too quick. Hopefully it is all natural.

 
At 10:08 AM, Blogger Srivatsan Sridharan said...

BB,

Building a 6 pack is not a bad thing, so is to show it off in the movie.

But to show it off in sequences like one's father is in deathbed is funny :), Who the hell cares if he has a 6 pack at that moment!

 
At 12:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not a Bad Transition from the days where Potbellied VijayKanth was considered the fittest!

 
At 1:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

nothing new -- mgr and rajni in their heyday also were shirtless for any and no reason. (isn't it vikram who started this trend of ripped/bulky bodies?)

tamil industry is ashram for not good looking women - najma, simran, laila etc are a thousand step comedown from devika and saroja devi.

 
At 2:03 PM, Anonymous APALA said...

It's good - that public would like to follow and stay fit and ofcourse girls can droll.....

The ONLY actor who used to show-off his shritless body was none other than Kamal Haasan - he did so in more than a decade ago! Proves again he is FAR BEYOND his times!

 
At 7:47 PM, Blogger Anu said...

Dont you think that the girls deserve a chance to whistle too :D?

 
At 8:47 PM, Blogger Raju said...

Wrote a post on the same topic a month ago. I agree with Apala and Anu's comment. In the theater itself one could hear whistles from the females, as you had mentioned earlier. If you had noticed, the great directors who pay attention to good cinematography have always had a liking towards the anatomy of male body as well.. For ex, Karthik in Agni Natchathiram (Vaa vaa..), Prashanth in Vanna vanna pookkal, Bhanuchander in Neengal kettavai, Nagarjuna in Idhayathai thirudathey, Kamal in moondram pirai, Sarathkumar in Pulan visaranai, Arjun in Mudhalvan, and Rajni in Johny come to mind immediately. Since there is never a pure genre in tamil films, one can expect to see generous sprinkling of male glamor too in future films.

 
At 9:30 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

zkanda, exactly. its nice that our actors are finally recognizing that their physique is important too :)

icy, good question :)

sri, that defly seems to be that policy of these actors :)

bart, actually, what is vaaranam? :)

sivajini, ur expression on seeing those photos I see :)

ree, finally? quite some relief there I see :)

kajan, dont u think kannada industry has tamil cinema beat in the 'not-so-good-looking' category? I dont think I've seen a single goodlooking kannada hero, with or without shirt :)

anon, i've heard that before too :)

rajanikanth, so far there's been no talk of steroids. lets hope thats the case :)

srivatsan, exactly. our heroes just overdo everything :)

anon, yep. better late than never :)

anon, going shirtless is not the key here. its having a physique that makes them look good when they go shirtless :)

apala, with kamal its wasnt just shirtless. i remember i used to rib kamal fans about how he managed to show up in his underwear in all his movies then :)

Anu, ofcourse u do :)

Raju, thats a good analysis as always. and u're right too about our heroes going shirtless in every movie cos of the lack of genre :)

 
At 10:35 PM, Blogger Bart said...

Balaji, since u've seen the movie as well, I assume you are joking :) (Simran explains the meaning at the end that stands out jarringly). Anyways, it means elephants.

 
At 3:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's the look you get primarily from "dieting". So they look fit but not particularly strong. Big forearms, neck and calves are indicators of great strength. Still, for whatever reason, its good to see the 6 pack trend hit the southern film industry as well. Wonder if someone like Vijayakanth will take some sort of hint from all this that might eventually filter down to his huge fan base? Now that would be a change I can admire...

 
At 5:20 PM, Anonymous jennifer said...

OOOO I just cant help but drooooooollllllll, yum yum yum! I love South Indian men and the 6-pack is double treat for meee ohh yum yum i'd just love to bite them yum yum

 
At 12:48 AM, Anonymous vijay said...

This is just a bad Bollywood influence- this sudden obsession with six-pack abs and all that.Its fine if the role demands it. But it shouldnt be overdone. Salman could appear in a cut-banian even in an emotional scene just to flaunt his biceps. In Bollywood, hunks who dont have a single acting bone in their body(and sometimes not even good looks) can become stars. It seems like they have a straight well laid path from modeling to cinema.
I hope that doesnt turn out to be the case in Chennai.

 
At 9:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"anon, going shirtless is not the key here. its having a physique that makes them look good when they go shirtless :)"

look good to whom? mgr was shirtless to please female audiences and it (famously!!) worked -- that you or i might not care for his pale skinny hairless birdchest is neither here nor there.

actors have always flaunted tehir bodies for the audience that likes that sort of thing -- and the rest of us have always wished they'd keep their clothes on.

 
At 11:39 PM, Blogger Theeban said...

vijay, are you claiming that all the actors in tamil cinema right now are filled with the acting bones??....what double standards, when it comes to actors and actresses that is....

 
At 12:25 PM, Anonymous Ravi K said...

These actors work more on their six-packs than the writers do on coming up with decent scripts! Who gives a damn about six-pack abs when the movies are so terrible...

 

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