Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Rajini Pinnacle of Indian Cinema (LIFE HISTORY)

Rajini, the real mantra of Tamil Nadu. There are fan associations across Tamil Nadu dedicated to him. Many more than for any other Tamil star, past or present. Rajinikanth, the carpenter-turned-coolie-turned-conductor-turned Super Star says: “I couldn’t have asked God for more.” A bit of a recluse, Rajni may be. But everyone who’s had the privelege of a darshan with the thalaivar has come away with a spring in his step and a warm glow in the heart. Warm, friendly and affable, he’s the sort who deserves all the superstardom he’s earned. Such men, indeed, are rare...
It’s been 25 years, believe it or not, since the Periya Thalaivar (big boss) made his debut with an inconsequential role in a Tamil film. From villain and antihero to blockbuster supernova, the gifted actor has made the most of every outing. And he’s deserved every bit of the success. SCREEN analyses why...
It's a wide angle shot. A man is seen opening a gate, dressed in rags and smoking a beedi. A terminally ill disease writ large on his face. Precisely on that frame appears the Sanskrit term shruthi bedham, coupled with an off screen voice, an undoubtedly inauspicious start to any debutante’s first screen appearance, especially in the maiden frame.
The film was Apoorva Raagangal (1975). The film itself was thick in controversy, and nobody took notice of the young newcomer, who was on screen barely for fifteen minutes, muttered a few apologetic words to the wronged woman and ultimately died an unsung, unheroic death.
No one in the audience, even in his wildest imagination, would have thought this nondescript man, who had won the least attention in the film would ever win over millions of hearts in Tamil Nadu. Or ride the state like a colossus. Or even that his sway over the masses would be so intense that he could rewrite the fate of Tamil Nadu politics, exactly two decades after the release of his first film.
K Balachander, the director who has an uncanny knack of creating stars, first met Rajnikant at the film institute, where he was a student. Balachander glanced at the dark young man and crisply asked him to meet him in his office the next day. When Rajnikant walked into his office gingerly, Balachander informed him he was going to act in his next film. Overwhelmed by the sudden offer from a ‘big’ director, Rajnikant just could not believe his ears. It’s a feeling Rajni still recounts whenever in the mood of reminiscence.
Later, Balachander confided in his close friend and associate Ananthu, “Watch out! There is a fire in the young man’s eyes. One day he will take Tamil Nadu by storm.” How true the prediction turned out!
Producers went all out to capitalise on this new “wonder” called Rajnikant, and a string of films projecting him as an anti-hero, with all his stylish mannerisms in full swing, were released in quick succession. Gayathri had him shooting blue films of his wife without her knowledge, Bhairavi, Shankar Salim Simon and the like. Rajni had, by now, become an indisputable star in his own right, a force to reckon with.
Though Rajnikant persistently refers to K Balachander as his “guru”, it was director SP Muthuraman who actually revamped Rajni’s image entirely. Muthuraman first experimented with him in a positive role in Bhuvana Oru Kelvikkuri, as a villain in the first half and a refined man in the second, accepting a woman with a child ditched by her lover. The success of Bhuvana Oru Kelvikkuri prompted SPM to make a mushy melodrama with Rajni as a hero sacrificing everything for his siblings, a role ideally tailormade for Sivaji Ganesan! That film was Arulirunthu Arupathu Varai, in which Rajni’s mannerisms were totally missing and he even appeared as an old man in the last few frames. Even while the film was in the making, Rajni had misgivings about whether the audience would accept him in tear jerkers of this kind. But the film got made and its box-office success made Rajni popular among women audiences, too. These two films were a turning point in Rajni’s career — he changed from an actor who merely enthralled the audiences, to one who also made them weep. The acceptance of Rajni sans his mannerisms proved he’d at last become an actor from a star. Around this time came Mullum Malarum, directed by J Mahendran, which established Rajni as a hero with a slight tinge of the negative.
Rajnikant’s entry may have been humble, in an insignificant role but the success he achieved in a very short span was unimaginable. A popular Tamil magazine brought out a special supplement at a time when his still on the make, and, he presto, the magazine’s sales doubled with that issue alone.
Such mass adulation, the thunderous rain of applause when Rajni delivered his lines, all put together, made him a phenomenon. It was at this point that Rajni realised the onus had been thrust on him. The fate of producers hinged on him alone. This sudden exposure to the glare of the media and the popularity and money he never imagined would be his, created a lot of stress in his mind. At that crucial time in his career when his market price had just begun to zoom, he decided to opt out of films completely, sending shock waves to his fans. Balachander, Kamalhaasan and his other well-wishers somehow, coaxed him into staying on.
The second phase of his life started with K Balaji’s Billa, a superhit disproving the canard spread by detractors that Rajnikant was “finished”. He was accepted as a full-fledged hero. Billa was followed by a row of hits like Pokkiri Raja, Thanikkattu Raja, Naan Mahaan Alla and the all-important Moondru Mugham, in which Rajni essayed a triple role. Even two decades after its release, the last continues to be a box-office draw and Rajni’s fans can never tire of the thalaivar’s verbal clash with villain Senthamarai. K Balachander’s first home production, Nettrikkam proved to be yet another milestone in Rajni’s career.
An analysis of Rajni’s career graph shows a remarkable absence of fits and starts. It has been a slow and steady rise to the very top. As Rajni sings in a hit song from Badshah, a man’s life may be divided into eight divisions. Rajni’s own career may be divided into three segments. The first as a villain, the second as a hero with negative traits, and the third and present phase, as the reigning czar of Tamil filmdom. With Rajni’s films fetching crores and his market price skyrocketing, the costs of production of his films became unmanageable. And Rajni has since had to stick to a one film per year formula, sometimes, he could do a film once in two years.
The new trend where his films’ collections exceed normal regional film expectations started off with Badshah, followed by Annamalai, Arunachalam, Ejaman, Muthu and Padayappa. It’s now an accepted fact that only a Rajnikant film can break records set by his own films.
As an actor, Rajnikant’s greatest asset, apart from his style is his sense of humour and comic timing. Like Amitabh Bachchan is popular for his drunken soliloquies, Rajnikant is famous for his comic encounters with snakes, repeated umpteen times.
In the early 80s, Rajnikant made a foray into Bollywood with Andhaa Kanoon, a superhit. But Rajnikant could not concentrate on Hindi films because he was already safely ensconced down South. He still made a few films in Hindi, to mention specially Chaalbaaz which had Sridevi in a dual role. Rajni also enjoys a special kind of popularity in Telugu films and his Peddarayudu (remake of Tamil hit Nattammai) seems to have broken all previous records. The Telugu version of Padayappa has been a money-spinner, too. Rajnikant became a trendsetter recently with his Muthu and its songs becoming a rage in Japan and now, Padayappa running to packed houses in the UK and USA.
Basically a religious person, Rajnikant has always owned up his faith. “I was brought up by the Ramakrishna Mission and it’s from there that I have inherited this religious frame of mind,” he keeps saying. Even his films have him openly sharing his faith. In Arunachalam he mouths that famous line, “God decides and Arunachalam executes it.” His public meetings are always spiced with humour and embellished with anecdotes from mythology.
Married to Lata, an English literature graduate, hailing from an elite Iyengar family in 1980, Rajni has two daughters who are carefully kept away from the limelight. Lata herself a versatile singer, now runs a school called The Ashram. The couple indulges in a lot of charity, the latest being converting his Raghavendra Kalyana Mandapam into a charitable trust to help the poor and needy.
Ego and starry airs are unknown to Rajnikant. During breaks he hardly ever rushes to his air-conditioned makeup room. Instead, he prefers to sleep on the sets, even without a pillow, merely covering his eyes with a wet cloth. He never comes to functions with a retinue behind him and even prefers to drive his own car.
Rajnikant’s phenomenal success and his sway over the masses make people speculate whether he will follow the footsteps of the late MGR and enter politics. Though there has been a lot of pressure on him to enter politics by the likes of actor turned journalist, Cho Ramaswamy (“Rajnikant is the best choice for chief ministership because he has a basic integrity and simplicity, a quality which is very rare these days”) Rajnikant has persistently maintained a diplomatic silence, except for the fact that he openly supported the ruling DMK in the last assembly elections and discreetly in the recent Lok Sabha elections. When pressed, Rajnikant answers in his own inimitable style, “Yesterday I was a conductor, today I’m a star, tomorrow what I’ll be only He knows!”
A bit of a recluse, he may be at heart, but everyone who’s had the privilege of a darshan with the thalaivar has come away with a spring in his step, and a warm glow in his heart. Warm, friendly and affable, he’s the sort who deserves all the superstardom he’s earned. Such men, indeed, are rare.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Otteri...A Nostalgia

Otteri is the first thing that will come to my mind when i think about my college few years later.The place where we all will gather in the evening to have a cup of tea and variety of juices in the summer.It has also been a place for my first quarrel in the college against seniors.These all are small experiences but now for the past few months it has been the regular place of having a refreshment...V.S.P canteen especially is the only place where i will eat because other shops prepare Non-veg foods..

When all my friends shifted to new house in vandular gate we started regularly to go to otteri not in day time but espically in the midnight.We used to go around and again around 3 a.m..My friends Jubair and Karthick called as tea boys will never forget this place.Many days we all have never slept in study holidays or other days during these days it has been our place for refreshment.It is the place where myself and few of my friends smoked all brands of cigaratte.Davidoff,Rothmans Royals,Black,Garam,B&H,More,Marlboro and even one day we all smoked a cigar which costs 35rs and lasted nearly for 30 mins...Otteri the place will always remind me those golden days with my lovely fellowmates..We might have seen in many movies like a few places will always remind some sweet memories in ones life.The same happens here otteri shops,college banyan tree,udhyam tea shop will always remind us about our sweet memories,wistful and sentimental longing for things so called Nostalgia.......

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Rajini Character names (Name of the characters he played in his films)

Charecter Names
Name of the Film Name of the Character
16 Vayathinile -Parattai
Aarulirunthu Arupathu Varai -Santhanam
Aatank Ki Aatank - Munna
Adu Puli Aatam - Rajini
Aduthua Vaarisu - Kannan
Alavudinum Arputha Vizhkkum - Kamarudeen
Anbull Rajinikanth - Rajnikanth
Andbuku Naan Adimai - Gopi
Andha Kannoon - Vijay
Annai Oru Aalayam - Vijay
Annamalai - Annamalai
Apporva Ragangal - Pandian
Arunachalam - Arunachalam
Athisiya Piravi - Kaali & Balu
Avargal - Ramanathan
Ayiram Jenmangal - Ramesh
Baasha - Mannikkam
Baba - Baba
Bhairavi - Mookiyan
Bhuvana Oru Kelvikuri - Sampath
Billa - Billa & Rasappa
Chaal Baaz - Jaggu
Chandramukhi - Saravanan
Dharmathin Thalaivan - Balu & Shankar
Dharmathurai - Dharmathurai
Dharmayutham - Ram
Dosti Dushman - Inspr. Ranjit Singh
Ejamaan - Vanavarayar
Engeyo Ketta Kural - Kumaran
Ganguvaa - Ganguvaa
Garjanai - Dr. Vijay
Gayathri - Rajarathinam
Illamai Oonjaladukirathu - Murali
Insaaf Kaun Karega - Arjun Singh
Jhonny - Jhonny & Vidhyasaagar
Kodiparakuthu - Erode Shivagiri & Dada
Maaveeran - Raja
Manithan - Raja
Mannan - Krishnan
Mappillai - Arumugam
Maveeran - Maveeran
Moondru Mugam - Alex Pandian, John & Arun
Moonru Muditchu - Prasad
Mr. Bharath - Bharath
Mullum Malarum - Kaali
Murattu Kalai - Kaalai
Muthu - Muthu
Naan Adimai Illai - Vijay
Naan Mahan Alla - Vishwanath
Naan Skippu Manithan - Vijay
Naan Vazhavaipen - Michael
Nallavanukku Nallavan - Maanikkam
Netrikan - Chakravarthi & Santhosh
Ninaithale Innikum - Deepuk
Oorkavalan - Kangeyan
Padikathavan - Rajendran (Raja)
Padyappa - Padayappa
Panakkaran - Muthu
Pandian - Pandian
Payum Puli - Bharani
Peddarayudu - Paparayudu
Phool Bane Angarey - Inspr. Ranjith Singh
Pokkiri Raja - Raja & Ramesh
Pollathavan - Manohar
Priya - Ganesh
Puthukavithai - Anand
Raja Chinna Roja - Raja
Rajathi Raja - Raja & Chinna Rasu
Ram Robert Rahim - Ram
Ranga - Ranganathan
Ranuva Veeran - Raghu
Shankar Salim Saiman - Saiman
Siva - Shiva (Tiger)
SriRagavendrar - Venkadanathan
Thaai Meethu Sathiyam - Babu
Thai Veedu - Raju
Thalapthy - Soorya
Thamacha - Vikram Pratap Singh
Thambikku Entha Ooru - Balu
Thangamagan - Arun
Thanikkattu Raja - Soorya Prakash
Thappu Thalangal - Devu
Thee - Raja
Thillu Mullu - Indiran & Chandiran
Thudikkum Karangal - Gopi
Tyaagi - Shankar
Uzhaippalli - Tamilarasan & Tamilazhagan
Valli - Veeriyan
Vanakathukuriya Kathaliye - Joe
Veera - Muthu Veerappan
Velaikaran - Raghupathi
Viduthalai - Raja

Monday, November 12, 2007

My first match for Champions 11

Well i ve to mention abt this team as a post in my blog....i joined this team last month..dinesh asked me to come n play for his team as there was a shortage in the team...myself n sirjoon played n it was since a long time more than three years i played in leather ball...was tensed n took the match so seriously as am playing for another team as a guest....opened the first spell with dines bowled three overs taking no wickets..was praying god standing in mid-on that captain arun shud give me a over to take atleast a happend and i bowled the last over and took 3 wickets and a catch also which made my hand swell a bit but felt happy for taking that stats were 4ov-3for 17...and gained 30 points in that i ve become a memeber of that team..happy to play for champions 11 and now am not so nervous ,feeling free...

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Inline Spam Management and Prevention Tools

Forum spam is an increasing problem for many boards. Unfortunately, due to the visible-source nature of vBulletin and most other forum systems, most preventative measures we might add to the system can simply be reverse-engineered and worked around by persistent spammers.Therefore, 3.7 contains a new set of tools to help clean up spam and deal with spammers.Threads and posts can be selected in the usual inline moderation fashion, and then the new 'Delete Threads/Posts as Spam' command can be selected, which will load the spam management interface, which contains options on a single page for removing the spam posts and threads, banning the spammers and finding other spam they may have posted.

Thread Tagging

A new way to facilitate searching and grouping of threads, it is now possible for users to add tags to threads they post or read.Tags can be added when creating a new thread, or to an existing thread by any user (with appropriate permissions).Any users who then click on these tags will not only find all thread that have the same tag as the one clicked, but will also contribute to the building of a search tag cloud, which gives users a quick guide as to what has been searched for recently and most frequently.

Thread Prefixes

Long requested by users, threads can now have administrator-defined prefixes to their titles.Thread prefixes are divided into groups by the administrator, allowing different prefixes to be available in different forums.Reciprocal Friendships Between UsersAs part of our new social networking system, users can now request that people on their buddy list confirm their friendship, after which time a person's list of confirmed friends will be viewable to other users.Public MessagingWhile private messages between users have been in vBulletin since version 2.0, vBulletin 3.7 introduces the public messaging system, allowing users to communicate publicly via their profile pages.User Picture GalleriesvBulletin users can now create albums and upload pictures to their account.The ability to view these albums and pictures can be limited by the user to just board staff and people on their buddy list if they want privacy.User-Created Social GroupsTo further social cohesion between users and to encourage people to make friends, vBulletin now includes a facility to allow users to create their own social/interest groups.These groups are enhanced by having their own public messaging system, and the ability to add pictures to the group from user albums.New Member Profile PageIn order to accomodate all the new features in vBulletin 3.7, the member profile page has been completely redesigned from the ground up.The new page presents information in a far cleaner and more logical manner, while dividing up information into manageable chunks using a tabbed interface.Individual profile field categories can be displayed alone in blocks in the right column, in addition to appearing by default in the 'About Me' tab.Member Customization of Profile PageThe administrator may choose to allow his members to use the profile page customization tool, which allows users to alter fonts, colors, background and borders etc. of their profile page in order to create a more personalized look.The administrator can lock-down customization permissions, in order to prevent the personalized pages being made too offensively awful by aesthetically challenged members... nobody wants to see some of those really ugly MySpace pages on your vBulletin installation!

Inline Editing of Profile Field ValuesThe 'About Me' tab of each member's profile page has edit controls, allowing them to quickly change values without leaving their profile page.Attachment Viewing LightboxClicking on an attached image will now open a lightbox rather than open a new window, with the image scaled to fit the browser viewport. A click on the image in the lightbox will open it in a new window as before.Post Edit HistoryFor boards where the history of posts is important, it is now possible to log all edits to posts and then review the changes at a later date.Inline Moderation Enhanced AuthenticationWhen performing inline moderation actions, board staff will now be required to re-authenticate themselves if they have not done so in their browsing session.This prevents the possibility of unauthorized parties acting as a moderator on a public computer where a board staff member has accidentally ticked the 'remember me' box.Navbar NoticesAdministrators can now set up custom notifications that will appear underneath the navbar when visiting users fulfil specified criteria.For example, one may want to set up a notice to display when a user is a member of a particular usergroup, or to show a congratulatory message when a user has posted their 1,000th post etc.New Human Verification SystemsIn addition to the image verification system available in previous versions of vBulletin, 3.7 introduces the means for the administrator to choose the verification system employed on their board.They may choose to use the popular RECAPTCHA™ system, or to define a set of questions and answers for their visitors to deal with.User Change HistoryIn order to track changes made to users' profiles by administrators, a change log is now kept for various user profile fields including username, usergroup etc.Social Bookmarking of ThreadsAdministrators can now define a list of their favorite social bookmarking sites and have them available for use on the showthread page for bookmarking threads.And More...There are plenty more new features in vBulletin 3.7.Here is a brief list of some of the ones we haven't yet touched on:
Visitor tracking on profile pages
Automatic resizing of attached images to match filesize or pixel dimensions
Enhancements to custom bbcode system
Custom icons per forum
Advertisement locations defined in templates
Add multiple moderators in one go through ACP
ATOM support for RSS Poster Robot
Hooks to allow attachments to be passed through a virus scanner
Posts by users in 'Tachy Goes to Coventry' will no longer count towards the total number of posts in a thread or forum. They are now truly hidden!
All AJAX systems now employ the Yahoo! User Interface Library (YUI) for a more consistent and predictable system
YUI files can now be switched from locally hosted to remotely hosted by Yahoo! with a single option change, saving you bandwidth.

Friday, November 2, 2007

I am a nocturnal habitat

Yes i was a nocturnal habitat for the past two months....this happens once in six months everytime because my semester exams will start...the day college starts n till study holidays are declared will never touch the book at all...once study holidays begins will wipe out all the dusts from the books which were borrowed from library in the previous semester itself as if am reading daily....then will search for anna univ website for it freshly start from the very first chapter for the first time...since there will be a lots of distractions in the day time we will start after having dinner only..we i meant in the sense along with my friends..i always do combine studies...we will study dividing n allocating some portions to each person so that the concerned person has to read n tell the goes throughout the nite and if i happen to see sunrise i will immediately go to bed n will get up at 6pm in the evening only..i hardly see sunrise and sunset...atleast during study holidays il go to sleep at 6 in the morning but if exams starts il never sleep ,study throughout the nite,write exam,come home have my lunch n then go to bed around 2pm n then will get up next day morning am perfectly alright because this habit will lead to ulcer problems...