Tamils love cinema so much. They find their idols here. They find their rulers here. They find their divas here. They eat cinema, dream cinema and live cinema. And they certainly enjoy films which are made about the cine field.
This week, as part of its weekly special articles series, Mykollywood.com takes pride in presenting details about some movies that had cinema industry and films as their themes. And we got the spark for this idea from Vijay Sethupathi-starrer ‘Seethakathi’, a film about a passionate actor, which has hit the screens this week.
‘Kuselan’ is a 2008 film directed by P Vasu. A remake of the Malayalam film ‘Kadha Parayumbol’ (2007), it was produced by Pushpa Kandaswamy, Aswani Dutt and G P Vijayakumar in two languages.
‘Kuselan’ stars Pasupathy and Meena in lead roles. Rajinikanth plays an extended cameo. The film was simultaneously made in Telugu as ‘Kathanayakudu’, with most of Rajinikanth’s scenes being dubbed from the Tamil version except the climax scene that features him alongside Jagapathy Babu.
The plot revolves around a villager, who had shared a strong friendship with a popular cinema actor in his youth. However, due to their different careers they were forced to part ways, one becoming a national figure, the other, a village barber.
Decades later, the actor returns to the village to participate in his film’s shooting. Whilst the entire village become excited about the prospect of seeing the actor, the barber fears that his old friend would have forgotten him and would neglect him.
‘Velli Thirai’ is a 2008 satirical film directed by debutant Viji and produced by Prakash Raj. It is a remake of the 2005 Malayalam film ‘Udayananu Tharam’. The film stars Prithviraj, as an assistant director hoping to make it big, and Gopika, his love interest, along with Prakash Raj in a prominent role. Jayam Ravi and Trisha appeared in cameo roles as themselves.
When Saravanan (Prithviraj) goes to Hyderabad, Kanniah (Prakashraj) plagiarizes his script and pitches it to a producer, under the condition that he has to play the hero in the film.
Impressed by the script, the producer agrees to the condition. The movie turns Kanniah, now rechristened Dilipkanth, into a star. Saravanan does not give up and creates another story. However, he finds out he cannot make his film unless Dilipkanth plays the hero.
‘Jigarthanda’ is a 2014 film written and directed by Karthik Subbaraj.Produced by Kathiresan’s Group Company, it features Siddharth, Bobby Simha and Lakshmi Menon in the lead.
The plot revolves around Karthik (Siddharth), an assistant director who is thrown out of a reality (new filmmakers) show, as his short film was disappointing.
Heartbroken, Karthik has the support of one of the judges (Aadukalam Naren) who believes he has the stuff to be a great director and is willing to back him if he does a script on a real-life gangster.
Karthik travels to Madurai looking to make a film based on the life and times of the notorious gangster Assault Sethu (Bobby Simha). The rest of the plot deals with how Karthik makes his film with the help of his friend Oorani (Karunakaran).
‘Mugavari’ is a 2000 film written and directed by V Z Durai and produced by S S Chakravarthy. The film features Ajith Kumar and Jyothika in the lead role as a struggling musician with, Raghuvaran, Vivek and K.Vishwanath playing supporting roles.
The music is composed by Deva, song lyrics were written by Vairamuthu, whilst the film featured award-winning cinematrography by P C Sriram.
The story revolves around the conflicting emotions of ambition, love and responsibility that the protagonist, Sridhar played by Ajith Kumar, goes through in his quest to become a successful music composer. The film opened in February 2000 to positive critical acclaim.
‘Poovellam Kettuppar’ is a 1999 musical romantic comedy film written and directed by Vasanth, which stars Suriya and Jyothika in leading roles. The film, also starring Vijayakumar, Nassar, Vadivelu and Ambika in pivotal roles, was released on 6 August 1999.
Two music directors Bharathi (Vijayakumar) and Kannan (Nassar) used to be friends and composed music together. After Kannan has a fight with the director of their movie, Bharathi who feels embarrassed decided to split from Kannan and compose the music for the film by himself. He offers Kannan the chance to reconcile after this movie. Kannan rejects this and instead gives details about the fallout to the newspaper and Bharathi ends up losing the movie deal. A war begins and both music directors hate each other and can’t even stand to hear the other’s name. Bharathi is very successful while Kannan, who is basically unknown, drinks away his sorrows.
But Kannan’s daughter Janaki (Jyothika) and Bharathi’s son Krishna (Suriya) fall in love with each other.