MANY PROBLEMS, ONE SOLUTION – MASS HERO
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By Behindwoods Visitor Senthil Nathan R
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Tamil Film Industry is the 3rd Largest in India. There is no dearth for icons in the form of Sivaji, Kamal Haasan, Maniratnam, ARR, P.C.Sriram, Ilayaraja, Bharathiraja, Balachander, Mahendran, Sridhar etc. It is the hard work and achievement of these icons and several other good hearted and talented people helped Tamil Cinema to get an Identity in the Global Arena .Then what is holding us back now? I could think of 7 obvious reasons which I have listed below

The first and foremost is

Punch Dialogue – Thinking that they are messiahs of God, some mass heroes mouth some literary masterpiece which is not at all relevant to the situation. The sad thing is that our heroes believe that people throng to the cinema halls to see them utter these phrases.

Here are some guidelines as to how a punch dialogue is written

• Attack other actor – Naan adicha thaanga maata

• Talk about coming to politics – Samudhayatha thirutha ivan oruthan than seri

• Never be definitive – Naan vara vendiya nerathukku correcta varuven

• Rhyming – Un moonjila irukku daadi, Enakku pudikkathu ennoda Daddy

• Advice – Athigama aasapatta aambalayum…..

Entry Song – 150 half naked ladies, 150 men with flags, 2500 junior artists, Cut outs, the place is mostly a market, phrases like next CM,PM, Poor Man’s Angel, Lord of gods and also advices that put Bible to shame is in the air .Step Back ! You have stumbled on to the location of a Tamil Film when an entry song is being shot. Films may be without titles, stories and even directors but not without entry songs.

Mass Entertainer – Simply put Is a license to incorporate crude dialogs, a rape scene, an item song, a separate illogical comedy track, instant love, gravity defying stunts .If a director or actors says my film is a mass entertainer it should be read as ours is a mediocre film or this is what we could manage with the talents (or opposite of that) available.

Remake – It is glucose for heroes who have gone through a rough a patch with a string of flops. There are also a few actors who thrive only on remakes .On the flip side it affects the name of the Tamil Film Industry and restricts fresh talent. But who cares? All that is required is quick money, fame with minimal effort and creativity. (Or the lack of it)

Director as a Hero – ‘Today’s heroes do not know the value of a script’ a director announces and the next day you see a film puja with him as the hero. This is the current trend in the Tamil film industry, director in the first film and actor in the second. One is killing uttering punch dialogues and other is killing trying to act. Which of the 2 evils should we choose?

Political Ambitions – There can’t be a more unlucky person than one who watches a Tamil hero’s film (one with political ambitions). What you get to see is a cocktail of his association’s flags, advices, punch dialogues, entry songs, and every single character including the villain is forced to praise the hero. And we come out with our heads spinning

Mass Hero – Also fondly called as the curse of Tamil Cinema

I don’t know to act but I want to make it big. How?

I don’t want to act, I want to become CM and I need investment. How?

I am wastrel arrears in college and my dad has deep pockets .What should I do with his wealth?

I have money and bought copyrights for 10 Telugu films so what’s my future?

My professor was rude to me and I want to take revenge on his entire family. How?

Many problems one solution – MASS HERO

Please do let me know if you have any other deadly mistake that is costing the Tamil Film Industry.

Senthil Nathan R.,
raj_senthil82@yahoo.co.in

Tags : Tamil Cinema, Sivaji, Mani Ratnam, Kamal Haasan, Ilayaraja

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