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THE ABSENTEES OF 2009

2009 was a year of hits and disappointments in a proportion that didn’t leave too many people complaining. But, apart from the hits and disappointments, there were also the misses. Yes, 2009 was a bit hard done by the absence of a few of the big names from the rolls. While most of the highly popular names had a release or two for themselves, there were few that couldn’t wrap up things in time for 2009.

Talking of the missing big names in 2009, one has to first think about Ajith Kumar. He usually delivers at least a film a year without fail. After the rather unsatisfactory Aegan outing, speculations were rife as to who would be directing Ajith next. While the producers had already been confirmed (Sivaji Films), the search for the right guy to make the film seemed a bit long drawn. After link ups with Dharani, talks of an impending project with Gautham Menon (which might end up being Ajith’s 50th) and various other assorted gossip, it was decided that it would be the old faithful ally, Saran, after all. But, 2009 was unlucky to miss out on having Asal as one of its releases. As it stands now, Asal will definitely be the first ‘big star’ level release of 2010 and it is likely to stay so for some time as the other equally big or bigger names have not yet made their schedules clear.

Well, if there is anyone who will surely upstage Asal in terms of scale and style, it has to be Endhiran. Talking of Endhiran, Rajini was absent from the big screen for the whole of 2009. But, one wouldn’t call that a miss largely
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because it was known even at the beginning of the year that the costliest movie to come out of India will take more than another 12 months to complete. Now, we know that it can be unleashed any time though director Shankar is unwilling to give us any clue as to when he plans to roll out his creation.

Among the young guns, Silambarasan had a blank card after Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya spilt over into the Valentine of 2010. It was pretty disappointing for all the fans of Little Superstar (now Young Superstar) after the high that Silambattam brought in late 2008. But, let us hope that VTV more than makes up for all that.

VTV takes us straight to the most favorite topic of Kollywood these days, Rahman. It was infinitesimally downing for any music and cinema buff that Rahman did not score for a single Tamil movie in 2009. Though the musically inclined might have found consolation in Delhi 6 and the funky Blue, the sweet sounds in Tamil were missing.

Moving on to the ladies. Sameera Reddy lit up the screen in 2008 with Meghna’s smile. The smile was expected to be seen more often in Tamil cinema but 2009 felt a bit somber without that same smile. But, no worries, Asal will sort out issues. Something similar can be said about Bhavana who was not seen after the Jayam Kondaan success. Meanwhile, Bollywood continues to usurp a lot of the time of many heroines, especially Asin. After Dasavatharam in 2008, it looks as if the lady is hardly able to squeeze time in for the South. Though she did not have a whole lot of releases in Hindi (in fact she had only one – London Dreams), its scale and making cost her almost the entire year.

Those were the few who missed out on 2009, or did 2009 miss their presence. Anyway, let us hope that they have enough and more, roll up their sleeve for 2010 which can more than make up for their blank scores last year.

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