Offended by the producer character in Iraivi ? What about these, then?
Watch film as a film…’ very time a movie got into `character’ controverE sies, this is the line that Kollywood directors and producers used to cite freedom of cinematic expression. But of late (read the Iraivi controversy) they themselves haven’t stood by their words. Word is out, and meetings and forums are being convened, to bring the `errant’ director Karthik Subbaraj to book for apparently portraying the character of a producer in a not-so-decent light in his film. The Producers’ Council is even contemplating issuing a red card (something that indicates non-cooperation of the rest of the industrywallahs) against Karthik.
But wait a minute…Haven’t Tamil films always portrayed corrupt lawyers, cops, politicians, ruthless and cruel doctors, IT professionals and businessmen into nefarious activities, sci entists and army men who’ve tried to destroy the country, sell national secrets, evil teachers… there was even a school correspondent as a villain, for god’s sake! Clearly , all those in the above professions thought of taking a film as a film. Also, our producer-directors had no qualms whatsoever about clubbing half the professionals in the country under `corrupt’ or `illegal’ subheads in their films. But when a producer was shown as a villain, it’s offence, cudgels, and let’s-hang-it-all situation.
Why , if those characters were OK to be portrayed in a bad light in Kollywood films, are producers a not-tobe-touched lot? If the rest of the roles are just characters, then what’s wrong with a producer being a character in Iraivi? Look how Tamil films have taken `demeaning’ to a whole new level with some of its characterisations in the recent past…
CHARACTER: AADHISESHAN, LAWYER FILM: MANITHAN
In this film, Aadhiseshan played by Prakash Raj, was shown as a corrupt, cunning and commanding lawyer. He’s no compunctions about doing anything illegal, be it destroying evidence, being chummy with the judges, blocking the eye-witnesses from appearing in court by bribing them, or more. This character is one of the leads in the film, and Prakash ensured it had a major impact on the audience.
CHARACTER: SIDDHARTH ABHIMANYU, SCIENTIST FILM: THANI ORUVAN
`I’m not bad, just evil,’ says Siddharth Abhima says Siddharth Abhimanyu, played by Arvind Swami, in Thani Oruvan. Siddharth is a scientist-businessman.A heartless, ambitious person for whom money is all that matters. The evil Siddharth manages to succeed in all his devious moves -even some preposterous ones like having a bugging device implanted in a cop -till the end of the film. In fact, this character was shown to be more powerful than the protagonist at certain points in the film.
CHARACTER: DEV KHATRI, BOXING BOARD HEAD FILM: IRUDHI SUTTRU
No association head could be as ruthless as Dev Khatri of Irudhi Suttru. Zakir Hussain portrays a revengeful character who falsely accuses the hero of sexual harass ment, gets him trans ferred… This cut throat character is also a womaniser.There are scenes There are scenes where Dev misbehaves with women boxers. His role is all about how an evil association head can ruin a talented boxer’s life.
CHARACTER: VETRICHELVAN, MUSIC DIRECTOR FILM: ISAI
Vetrichelvan (role played by Sathyaraj), a music director who ruled the music industry for over 30 years, is unable to digest the success of a young music director and so, decides to ruin the latter’s career. Vetrichelvan’s plan is to drive the young music director crazy by playing mind games. Point to be noted is, though it was rumoured that the film is based on the Ilaiyaraaja-Rahman clash, no one from the music industry protested the content of the film.
CHARACTER: VISWESHWARA RAO, COP FILM: VISAARANAI
This ruthless cop, played by Ajay Ghosh, beats a bunch of innocent youngsters to death to close a pending case. The youngsters, who had committed no wrong, have to endure torture at the hands of this cop. This hard-hitting film takes a dig at the corrupt, power-abusing cops of both, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
CHARACTER: VASUDEVAN, DOCTOR FILM:I
This doctor loves injecting poisonous virus into his innocent patient in this film. Vasudevan, played by Suresh Gopi, is one cruel doc! Well, not only is he foxy, he also lusts after Diya, who’s his daughter’s age.
CHARACTER: SINGAMPERUMAL, ASSISTANT HEADMASTER FILM: SAATTAI
Thambi Ramaiah played this role to perfection. That of the guy who harasses his students, metes out punishments that are as cruel as possible.He is a terror in his school.
CHARACTER: RAMACHANDRAN, SCIENTIST FILM: MAATTRRAAN
A scientist who is a danger to the whole world, no less! Played Sachin Khedekar, this genetic scientist is a part of a notorious racket that prepares adulterated food products.
POLITICIANS ARE THE FAVOURITE…
When it comes to villains, politicians are our favourite.
Everyone from PM to CM, to local politicians are shown as soulless evil-doers in Kollywood ulless evil-doers in Kollywoo films. Think of Soodhu Kavvum, Mudhalvan, Baba, Theri, Arrambam, Sivaji, Arima Nambi…