and savvy - the daddy’s girls of Kollywood
are only two ways to get rich. Be born to a rich
father or work hard - while the earlier option
is not available to us, the results of the latter
simply lean more towards the aspects of luck,
more often than not. But even with the availability
of the legacy of a rich father and the privileges
that tag along, the number of successful juniors
are still very low. After all, not everyone can
be Rahul Gandhi or Ranbir Kapoor to live up to
the legacy. Even lesser is the ratio of the daughters.
Then again, there are always Agatha Sangmas and
Interestingly, the star-daughters are on the rise
in Tamil cinema. Women of star families, mostly
children of famous actors, have always been away
from limelight. While the male heirs of S.A. Chandrasekar,
Sivakumar, Sathyaraj and P. Vasu have successfully
set foot and established themselves in the tinsel
town, their daughters have all been either married
off or are getting ready for one.
But here’s a visible trend reversal of sorts
Kollywood. Daughters of three major stars - Soundarya
Rajinikanth, Shruti Haasan and Varalakshmi Sarathkumar
- have already embarked on a trip to set trends in
their familiar turfs of arc lights and flashbulbs.
Born with silver spoon as they are, the gen-next clan
has enough exposure and suitable platforms that serve
as launch pads.
From tattoos to background score (of her dad’s
latest movie), the guitar-wielding, tattered-jeans
sporting Shruti has had more than a few instances
to get herself to the headlines. It wasn’t a
surprise when she sang ‘Adiye Kolluthe’,
announcing the arrival of punk-rock in Tamil cinema,
for she had already trained her vocals in her self-formed
pop-band. And the next step, movies, was quite natural
too. Before it became public that her supposedly first
project with Madhavan got shelved, she was already
shaking a leg with the chocolate-faced Imran Khan
for Luck, which is due for release in July end. But
how far Luck will prove to be helpful in serving a
push for her multi-tasking career interests remains
to be seen. For now, she is busy scoring background
music for her dad’s Unnaipol Oruvan.
Soundarya Rajinikanth is the thinking business woman
of today who has her priorities right and interests
fixed. Starting out with a career in animation design,
Soundarya has worked for movies from Baba, Anbe Aruyire
and Majaa to Sivaji. Soon enough, she went on to establish
a production company, Ocher Studios that recently
collaborated with one of the Hollywood biggies, Warner
Bros. Entertainment to produce movies in regional
languages. She has, consciously or otherwise, stuck
to producing movies thus far and not starring in them.
Other than the animation contract for her dad’s
Baba and Sivaji, Soundarya and her business appear
to be largely self-made. Her upcoming ventures include
the animation movie Sultan, The Warrior and the Venkat-Prabhu
Varalakshmi Sarathkumar was to be launched in Poda
– Podi, but after a photo session and few announcements,
the movie failed to launch. So what if the movie didn’t
work out, Varu, as she’s fondly called, has
successfully staged the romantic musical Mama Mia
recently to rave reviews under her banner Hot Shoe
productions. She attributes the success to her dad,
Sarathkumar, calling him the reason behind the idea
of bringing Mama Mia to Chennai. Be that as it may,
her musical, after its success in Chennai is also
planned to be staged in Bangalore soon. This could
translate into a movie offer, but Varu doesn’t
seem to be jumping at anything at the moment, until
at least she has successfully staged MM in Bangalore.
rising stars might shed their famous-dad’s-daughters
tags eventually or they might not. They could eventually
become successful or just prove to be a flash in the
pan using the weight of daddy dearest in the process.
But the fact remains that they have paved way for
their generation of star-daughters to emerge from
the cocoon for a wider perspective.
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