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Kamal Haasan, Vairamuthu and Santosh Sivan, the shining gems!

KAMAL HAASAN, VAIRAMUTHU AND SANTOSH SIVAN, THE SHINING GEMS!

By Jyothsna

Any award is encouraging, motivational and simply put, feels really good for the recipient as it is recognition of one’s work. And when it happens to be the country’s highest civilian award, the effects are manifold.

The Padma Awards have been announced recently and three extremely prolific personalities from our Tamil film industry would be conferred with the honor soon. While Padma Bhushan will adorn Kamal Haasan and Kavi Perarasu Vairamuthu, Padmashri will do the honors for Santosh Sivan.

For Kamal Haasan, his first Padma Award, Padmashri was bestowed in the year 1990 and in every sense, Padma Bhushan has come in quite late to this legend. Of course, for someone like Kamal whose raison d'être is cinema, an award is “just an incentive to continue doing good work” to quote the hero.

Having been associated with the film industry from a very early age, Kamal has forayed into almost all aspects of film making. There is hardly a segment in the film business that the star has not ventured. When it comes to work in front of the camera, the different facets that he brings to a character is simply extraordinary. The wide gamut of roles that he has played in his lengthy span of career is almost like a glossary for people who want to know about cinema. Four national awards and nineteen film awards sit lightly on the Vishwaroopam hero who continues to entertain his audience at all times.

He is also one artist who is keen to take Tamil cinema to the next higher level and constantly strives to achieve the same. His Vishwaroopam 2 is next in the pipeline and Uthama Villain with pal Ramesh Arvind will begin soon.

Kavi Perarasu Vairamuthu who commenced his lyric writing in cinema with Bharathi Raja’s Nizhalgal in 1980 has been educating, entertaining and elevating the Tamil audience consistently with his words. His poetic lines have infused fresh feel to the songs and his combination with Ilayaraja had worked magic that had rendered a terrific advantage to films in the late 80s. He is one lyricist who has the National Award six times for Best lyricist, a feat that is yet to be reached by any lyric writer in the country.

Vairamuthu did not confine himself to writing verses for films alone. As a true literary genius, he has contributed soundly to Tamil literature penning Innoru Desiya Geetham, Indha Pookkal Virppanaikkalla, Sigarangalai Nokki, Thanneer Desam, Kallikaattu Ithihasam, Karuvaachi Kaaviyam to name some. Of these, Kallikaattu Ithihasam brought him the much coveted Sahitya Akademi award for Best Literary work in 2003. Vairamuthu was awarded Padmashri in 2003.

His booming voice, crystal clear rendition of Tamil and above all the mastery over words have made this literary giant an imposing force to reckon with in the industry who states, “The Padmabhushan award gives me an additional responsibility to work more for Tamil literature and society”

Acclaimed cinematographer/director/producer/actor Santosh Sivan will be receiving his Padmashri which stands exclusive for one huge reason. He is the first cinematographer from the South Indian film industry to have been conferred with the Padma award, a unique distinction indeed!

An intensely passionate technician, Santosh Sivan divides his creative energy between mainstream and parallel films (as a cinematographer and director). Known for his ethereal frames that touch the audience with comforting warmth, Sivan’s directorial ventures in many films like Halo, Terrorist, Navarasa, Malli and Tahaan have won huge acclaim. As a cinematographer, his contribution to films like Kala Paani, Iruvar, Dil Se, Urumi, Asoka, Indira and Roja is significant and has won him numerous awards.

Santosh Sivan is the founder member of Indian Society of Cinematographers and the best feather in his much decorated plumage will easily be his membership with the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). Awards and honor are a way of Santosh Sivan’s career who does not forget to thank the people associated with him. “I am grateful to the Tamil film industry for this honor”, and also has good words about the graduates of the Film and Television institute of India for proposing his name for the honor.

The nature of work that the above mentioned personalities do may be different but one thing that strings them together is the dedication, passion and love towards their work and the positive difference they are making in their respective fields. For this, any number of awards will not suffice.

All the same, a big round of applause to Kamal, Santosh Sivan and Vairamuthu and wishing them more and more laurels!

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