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GENERATIONS CHANGE: THESE MEN DON’T!

There is nothing untouched by time, so we say. Time changes everything; nothing can withstand the will of time. But, there are certain men who seem to defy the great cycle of time. Not in real life, but in cinema. Generations might change, decades might pass, but they still remain as evergreen as ever, their charm undiminished, their effectiveness unharmed. Today we look at some of those men who have defied time.

What prompted this thought was the fact that this Friday a Malayalam movie titled Angel John is slated to hit theaters. What’s so special about a Malayalam movie that no one has heard of? The thing that makes it special is its cast. Mohanlal and Shantanu Bhagyaraj are the lead characters. So what, you might ask. This movie happens to be Shantanu ’s debut in Malayalam cinema. What makes this occasion special is the fact that 31 years ago, his mother Poornima Bhagyaraj too made her Malayalam debut alongside the same actor in Manjil Virinja Pookal. Talk about coincidences; mother debuts with an actor (who was also making his debut in that film), the actor goes on to become a legend in Malayalam cinema and 31years later, her son enters Malayalam alongside the same actor. The thing to notice here is that Mohanlal is not yet anywhere close to that stage in his career where one starts thinking about graduating to father, uncle, retired chief justice etc.. kind of roles. He is very much in the thick of things as a lead actor. While this is just one
  Mohanlal

example of an actor who has defied a change in generation to stay in the limelight, there are a few more legends who have done the same.

How can one not mention Ulaga Nayagan as a man who has defied time? Consider this; his daughter debuted as a music director when he was completing 50 years in cinema. It is difficult to fathom what can change in 50 years and yet (even though the 50 years include his career as a child artiste) he is still carrying off multi crore projects, pulling off multiple roles, making ground breaking cinema and looking younger than ever. Then there is Superstar. How often have you heard of dad starring in his daughter’s debut directorial venture? It is always the other way round, father directs son/daughter on debut. But, Soundarya Rajinikanth launched Ocher Studios and started Sultan, The Warrior. Now, when you have the reigning Superstar at home, casting will not be a problem. So, there you have it, daughter makes directorial debut with dad as the central protagonist, even though in animation.

Look at Hindi cinema, there you have Anil Kapoor. May not be the biggest star around but he has mastered the art of defying time. When daughter Sonam Kapoor made her debut with Saawariya, he was getting ready to play a young and flashy gangster with Mallika Sherawat for company in Welcome, he soon followed it up with a funny cop role in Race where Sameera Reddy joined him. Now, such longevity is not common in any industry. ‘Gen Next’ or not, some people can never be overshadowed.

Hollywood too has its men who have stood the test of times. Bruce Willis is still busy with action entertainers like the Surrogates and seeing him in action we still have reason to believe that another addition to the Die Hard franchise cannot be ruled out. More surprisingly, Harrison Ford is still the Indiana Jones, a nearly 30 year old franchise and we hear that he is game for yet another installment. If not for being the Governor, Arnold would have starred in Terminator Salvation and how can we forget Sylvester Stallone’s comeback as Rocky Balboa in 2006, rolling back the years to grip us once again.

These are men who have proved that age is just a number. According to the very smart modern day quip ‘Age is all about mind over matter, if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter’.

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