Sunday, April 06, 2008

The Fast and the Furious

The entire actor fraternity converged in Chepauk on Friday to support the Hogenakkal drinking water project and protest the attacks on Tamils in Karnataka. Barring award shows, we rarely see so many of our actors in one place and so it was a good day for star-gazing. Many of our actors gave speeches on the occasion and they ranged from the mellow to the dramatic.

Rajni was uncharacteristically fiery and blamed the Karnataka politicians rather openly. Considering his Kannada roots and his actions during the fast on the Cauvery issue, his stance on this issue and participation in the fast was in doubt. But he laid all doubts to rest with his speech. Not surprisingly, neither he nor his films are welcome in Karnataka any more.

Satyaraj's speech was unnecessarily inflammatory. Resembling a monologue he gives in one of his movies, it was loud, crass and rambling at times. He unnecessarily targeted Rajnikanth(I think it was Rajni he alluded to when he said "I know whose name will bring the loudest cheers but I would rather pull my tongue out than utter his name") who was sharing the stage with him and his story about MGR(MGR visited a Karnataka politician's house and feasted but refused water since Karnataka wasn't giving us water. Was water not used in all those other food items?!) was silly.

Kamal's speech, in contrast, was quite diplomatic, cautioning against violence and advocating patience(Sarathkumar's speech was similarly controlled and inspite of Nam Naadu and Vaitheeswaran, my respect for him went up a few notches).

Shreya appeared to think she was in a fashion show rather than a protest against a serious issue. Smiling, adjusting her hair and waving to the crowds, she finally managed to speak a few words(something about stifling creativity). After the fiasco at the State Awards and now this, someone needs to give her a lesson on public etiquette.

And finally, however serious the issue or however sober the occasion, gossip never takes a rest. Simbhu and Nayanthara sitting together was a big photo-op. I'm sure one could've cut the tension in the air there with a knife :)


At 10:15 PM, Blogger Filbert said...

Thalaivar rocked, big-time!! Have to put this as the 2nd most important public speech he has delivered after the one he gave for the 1996 Assembly elections.

At 10:45 PM, Blogger Bart said...

Reading news articles it seems Satyaraj was blasting Vijayakumar as it seems Vijayakumar gained claps using Rajini's name quite often. All said and done, this meeting seems to have created more cons than pros in its favour.

At 12:10 AM, Blogger D.E.V said...

i really dunt understand what is the actual purpose of this rally. It seems the stars are just out there to give a speech or just pose for the camera! but i think rajni has made things worst with his speech. He should not blame anyone and really doubt whether Karnatake would ever give water now!

At 2:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Satyaraj was drunk .never spares an oppurtunity to brag abt MGR.

rajini is in delicate situation - K'Nataka or TN. first time his speech was short n controlled .

V'kanth speech was of a perfect tamil politician n looks like he is on the path to become the next CM.

huge crowd assembled only to see the stars . no one really bothered
abt the issue .

n as always a useless,politically motivated rally.

some ppl wer dressed full black n some full white.

so who represent tamilnadu n its culture - THE KOLLYWOOD ACTORS?

At 5:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Robert De Niro's words, "Dont overcook the steak...It defeats its own purpose!" What a waste of time! "Star gazing" at Chepauk?! What is this, a cricket match? And, what's with all the folks posing next to Sarat Kumar or Rajni? It was ridiculous...
And, Satyaraj-ku senility thaan...ena olaral...thaanga mudiyala...

At 11:06 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

filbert, welcome back! and looks like this speech could have repercussions to match that speech too :)

bart, didn't see vijayakumar's speech but i too heard that he mentioned rajni/superstar too many times :)

skanda, yep not sure what this fast achieved either :)

fans, i saw vijayakanth's speech only later and agree with u, atleast on the 'perfect Tamil politician' part :)

ram, read in some of the websites that there was kind of a 'musical chairs' going on onstage to sit next to prominent actors. kadavule :)

At 8:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Balaji, Vijayakanth's speech really seemed very sincere and engaging. Khusboo also speaks her mind. One rare actress who never minces words.


At 9:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its pretty mean to be judging Shriya! Why don't I hear abt the idiot who introduces her as kanavu kanni - that is more out of place than anything else. And what is it with garlanding Vijayakanth!

At 10:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My comment might sound trivial. I was more interested in the last photo-gossip than the serious water issue discussed.

But it is in keeping with my belief that cinema industry is supposed to entertain people. It has no boundaries. It is pathetic that how even 'art' has to pick a political stand and rally - most of the time purely for the fear of persecution or for personal propaganda.

At 12:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the true fan that bb is he has turned a blind eye to the inflammatory nature of Rajni's talk. What was the need to use "uddhaikavaendaam?" in his speech? What's with all the finger swishing and sabre rattling? Why make an alread volatile situation worse?

Kamal, sarath, and kaptan (in that order) made the most sense.

At 7:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The politicians shy away from the real issues and divert makkal's attention to so called drinking water issue.

A picture called Wag the dog comes to mind.

Ven Sharma, Ashburn, VA

At 11:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was supposed to be a fast to condemn the attacks on theaters showing Tamil movies in Bangalore.

Rajni had no other choice but to attend this function and speak something like this. Otherwise the tamil zealots would have changed his name to mean "traitor" henceforth. At least he had the guts to name out the political leaders responsible for the whole mess. One leader is an ally for TN's ruling party and the other a possible ally for the main opp party in the coming general elections

Kamal Hassan kept a low profile since he needs his Dasavatharam to be released in Karnataka to help in recouping its massive investment. Where was his composure when he accompanied Bharatiraja and his ilk six years back during the Neyveli rally to submit a petition to the watchman of NLC.

Can Sathyaraj pls explain why tamilians have to keep away from mallu gods like Ayyappan while he is free to idolize MGR.

Balaji, As a Tamilian living in Bangalore for the last 14 years I have to say this - Majority of the Kannadigas hate tamilians and Tamil. Unless this changes we are bound to see these kind of issues more often in the future.


At 2:07 PM, Blogger Srivatsan Sridharan said...

Balaji, As a Tamilian living in Bangalore for the last 14 years I have to say this - Majority of the Kannadigas hate tamilians and Tamil

This is one of the major reasons for India never touching the height of developed world, too much of fight within our states :) our politicians cooly blame population, land mass and other factors which is rubbish.

At 7:26 PM, Blogger Smi said...

Srinivastan...Staying for 14 yrs..Kannidigas hate Tamilians..

Given a choice would you go back to Tamilnadu?

Me not into politics as such :)

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