Sreenivasan & I

You must be thinking why such a post now?He is still alive,he is still active in the film industry and he still holds his high standards in the Malayalam movie industry.

This post was born after I had a heated debate with my friend on the topic “who is the best actor?”At last we ended the discussion telling its all personal favorites.

This post is not about Sreenivasan but it is about how he and his movies made an emotional impact on me through years.I believe that Sreenivasan is an epic.

According to my memory,the first Sreenivasan movie which I watched was Vadakkunokkiyantram.The film is about the marital discord caused by a husband’s inferiority complex.Sreenivasan acted as the husband with an inferiority complex.I must have watched that movie when was 6-7 years old.I was thinking how come people accepted him as a hero.At that time I was a big fan of Nitish Bharadwaj who played the role of Sri Krishna in the tv serial Mahabarath.Those days heroes means Mammootty,Mohanlal or Shah Rukh Khan.The next movie which I watched was Thenmavin Kombath.He played a character “Appakala” who is jealous of the hero.His character made us laugh out loud.Those days for me he was just another actor who makes some funny gestures or delivers crazy dialogues or a guy who gets attacked by rest of the characters in the movie.After watching the movie I thought how much ashamed or embarrassed he must be while acting out those scenes.I believed that he acted these kind roles as he was not a good actor.Today I curse myself for thinking that way.

The more I watched his movies,the more I sympathized and then later empathized with not the characters he played but with him.Somewhere someday somehow  I got an emotional attachment him.I was very angry when rest of the population laughed at him or they laughed for his humour.Those days when people go with handsome heroes I had a special attraction towards Sreenivasan.People used to mock at him saying he is not a great one.Hearing this always made me fume and I argued with them.Even my friends were surprised about my devotion towards him.They would often tease me telling “You will the one and only fan for him”.But those days I was not a fan,instead I felt that a strong emotion towards him.

At the age of 10-15 years I was not matured enough to see movies as an entertainment element or to consider the actors as professionals.

After getting inside the college I had a negative attitude towards the Malayalam movies.So I almost watched no Malayalam movies in the early days of my college.It was during the last semester when we I had ample free time that I made a thorough research about Sreenivasan and his movies.By this time,I was matured enough to consider him as an actor and acting as his profession.Then it was a marathon movie watching leaving none of his movies.I was happier once I started reading his screenplays.

His writing skills impressed me like hell!!His talent to include humour in whatever he talked or he wrote was something to be appreciated.I was sad only because I was very late to know about him and his movies.I literally did a postmortem of his movies right from Manimuzhakkam to Udayananu Tharam.After watching 50 movies of him in a stretch,what should I say?I  was amazed by his talents in handling humour.

What I love about him is the way he used himself to mould a character in his movies.He is still the best in the industry even after 34 years of movie experience,only because of his talent.I think he takes his life too very light 🙂

I love his characters in

Odaruthammava Aalariyam – The college student role which he played trying to impress Lisy gave him the right break for him his career.Priyadarshan once told that it was Sreenivasan who wrote some of the scenes in the movie.

Akkare Ninnoru Maran – Ali Koya was one of his best performances.I love the scene where he comes as an Arab.”Achuth Maama..”

Chidambaram – I don’t have words to explain his performance in this movie.I think as Muniyandi he just lived than acting.

Mazha Peyyunnu Maddalam Kottunnu – Madhavan aka M.A.Dhavan.I simply love every scene in this film.It is a perfect ROTFL movie.

Nadodikattu – The moment he calls out for his counterpart Mohanlal as “Daasaa”,I laugh out loud.

Vadakkunokkiyanthram – As Thalathil Dineshan he was awesome.The movie written and directed by him was a hats off attempt.The scence in which he takes a song rehearsal for the first night was amazingly written.Mattoru Seethaye Kaattilekkayachu…..

Sandesham – Polandine Kurichu Onnum Parayaruthu..LOL!!

Thenmavin Kombath – He plays a role named AppaKala who is a servant.The way he changed his looks to suit the role showed his sincerity in his job.

Azhakiya Raavanan – As a right hand to Mammootty he played the character Ambujakshan,a useless novel writer.Kalyanam Paalukachal.. Paalukachal Kalyanam..

Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala – This movie bagged a National Award for him.It was written and directed by him.I feel that the creation of  the character Vijayan Mash was an excellent one.The movie gives a strong message to the people and that is the speciality of Sreenivasan’s screenplays.He tells out a lot of truth about the issues in the society with a pinch of humour.Only he can create a dialouge like “he was dark because of tension and then his wife asks whether Africans are always tensed”. 😀

Udayananu Tharam – Rajappan aka Suraj Kumar played by him made the movie complete. Rosshan Andrews could have not converted this movie into a blockbuster without Sreenivasan.

I know this article is incomplete because I am still in the process of exploring his talents.But the saddest part is I have never met him yet.Hoping to meet him someday 🙂 🙂

Below are my favorite 10 scenes of Sreenivasan.

Watch his interview too.I am sure after watching it you will say..Whoa!!!

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How INSANE are you??

“The insanity inside me made me do this..”

I have heard throughout my life that it’s always INSANITY that make people do creative and extra ordinary things in life..But it has been always a silly and funny thought for me until I came across the peak of insanity.

One interesting matter about this insanity period is that we will never realise that we are insane instead we feel that we are more sane and rest of the world is much more insane..Our feeling about us will be as high as Himalayas and we will be extra confidence in almost everything we do.. 😀 😛

The problem arises when we are out of the kingdom of insanity..To be very truthful,being sane really kills me as we are aware of the environment and the happenings around us.

Insanity creeped into my life one week back..The symptom started by staying awake all night;that too saturday night,to finish of my writing..After completing a chapter of my writing at 5am I was as fresh as dew..Since I was seeing 5am after a long gap in my life,I thought of strolling for a while..After walking for a Km with the company of street dogs and cats,I was tired.caught an auto rickshaw back to home..

After reaching home,I was left with two choices..either to hit the bed or to watch TV.Ofcourse I watched for next 4 hours not knowing what programs I was watching..Rather than having breakfast I had a brunch so that cooking time is saved for watching a movie..Rest of the day I watched 7 movies and 2 cricket matches taking no breaks  except for going to loo..The last movie was a Bangla one..I had no clue what they were talking about but one thing I realized was that I had the patience to watch something for 3 hours which I don’t understand at all.. 😛 😛 Time is again 5am..

Again I was left with two choices..But I again went for the second one..After the Bangla movie I switched to the Sports Channel to watch the IPL Highlights..But there comes 9am..Time to go to office..

Break from insanity as sanity helps me in maintaining the “good-girl’ status.. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Night back to home..after watching IPL live and the highlights for next 4 hours,I was hungry..But I did something very innovative..I cooked “Pakoda” at 3am..I believe I am the first person to cook Pakoda nad eat it at this early in the morning..But again comes 5am..

I started for my 1km walk with my body guards from the animal planet..ooooh again 9am..Office..Break from insanity..

This night electricity board of Chennai broke my heart..NO Tv..NO Dinner..that made me think of sleeping..I was missing my dreaming abilities..But the karaoke by the mosquitoes association disturbed me so much that I had to beat myself on account of punishing them..1 am..2am..3 am..What to do now??

I cleaned my house..cleaned the kitchen..washed utensils..washed myself and started to office..Haaaaaaaa today I reached office before even before the security came in..Break from insanity and writing this blog ..he he.. 🙂

Now what to do tonight??Sleep or some other forms of insanity??? 🙂 🙂 🙂