Cinema is not short of debates at any given time.
Seven or six years before people were debating
about who would be the next superstar. Then came
the director’s period where creators showcased
the uniqueness. The debated topic changes to who
is the best either Bala or Selvaraghavan or…..
Yes, once again the trend changes and we are now
speaking about world class films, and what ones
needs to do to get noticed globally and who are
those technicians who have that potential to take
Tamil Cinema across the borders.
When we debate on this we speak about Kamal, Bala,
Radha Mohan, Sasi Kumar, Selvaraghavan, Suriya,
Murugadoss and the list goes on…. But I
personally feel one name is getting either less
or no importance in such kind of debates. Yes
it is none other than Silambarasan himself.
With the kind of talent he has got it looks a
bit. odd for me
to leave this man in such kind of debates. At his age,
apart from acting he is focusing on direction, singing,
editing, sound engineering and script writing. But I
just want to ask myself is this critics mistake or Silambarasan’s
I rather blame more on Silambarasan than critics. Yes
and am not here to question his ability but to question
his decision in choosing his scripts which is not up
to his mark.
People say VTV or Manmadhan is his best, but I do feel
Thotti Jaya is his best in terms of performance. Yes,
Jaya is definitely not guy next door. Had you watched
the movie you would definitely have been absorbed into
it, for the guy has beautifully played the role. The
stunt sequences were not the normal ones and more than
the dance was really fantastic and matured. I can’t
see normal Silambarasan’s dance, but he behaved
in Thotti Jaya even when he danced.
When it comes to VTV lots of people were surprised and
shocked after seeing his performance. When Harbhajan
Singh beats Sachin’s record of 200 runs in ODI
every one will be surprised but when Viru gets it people
will just appreciate and I just clapped for his performance
in VTV. Because I was just waiting for the guy to shift
I am not writing this column to say Silambarasan has
to be choosy in his roles, but I want to say that we
are missing some revolutionary scripts from his end.
Something like Subramaniapuram where the film has invested
lots of confidence in producers and distributors, films
which has quality rather than just commercialism. We
haven’t seen something from you which could set
or change the trend.
Yes I do agree that some of his good works have been
tossed up, every few people know that he has penned
He definitely has the guts to make his critics like
a Sunday newspaper horoscope.
Now the audience are very clear that they are even dare
enough to just slap a commercial flick even if it come
from big guns. They are clearer on logics and started
hating commercialism where logic goes for a toss.
I hope Silambarasan will be very aware of this change.
This change will definitely suit actors of his kind
who have lots of talent.
We have technicians like KS Ravikumar with whom we expect
either 2 films a year or 3 in 2 years to provide us
more entertainment on the other hand we also have technicians
like Manirathnam, Kamal whom we never expect even one
film a year, but when they showcase their thoughts in
a 70 mm screen we would definitely expect some magic
But when it comes to Silambarasan, as a critic I do
expect a balanced output between the above two.
I would definitely suggest Silambarasan to spend at
least 20 percent of his time in other languages like
Telugu and Malayalam. He may not cast in the entire
film but when he scripts or when he gets an opportunity
to do a cameo he may focus on it. Definitely it will
be a wise choice to even involve in multi-starrer scripts
with other state actors. This will definitely give him
visiting card in other states.
Silambarasan is a good creator, sometimes a script may
require at least 100 Crores to justify its visuals and
during that time this visiting card will definitely
be vital in taking risks.
If Silambarasan could take some brave steps, then definitely
he is lot more than just ‘Young Superstar’.
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