From Mullum Malarum to Johnny Top 5 evergreen movies of J Mahendran

first_imgJ Mahendran in TheriVeteran Tamil actor-director J Mahendran passed away on April 02, 2019. Mahendran has been undergoing treatment of age-related illness in a Chennai hospital since March 27. The news of Mahendran’s death has been confirmed by his son John.Even though Mahendran started his career as a story writer, he later forayed into direction, and during the last stages of his career, he established himself as a character actor too. As the entire Kollywood is mourning the death of the legendary filmmaker, International Business Times, India presents you the list of five evergreen Mahendran movies which you should not miss.Mullum Malarum’Mullum Malarum’ directed by Mahendran was released in 1978 on the auspicious Independence Day. The film starred Rajinikanth in the lead role, and this movie’s box-office success played a crucial role in elevating the Superstar’s stardom which was at that time in its early phase. In the movie, Rajinikanth played the role of Kaali, a winch operator at a village power plant and this spectacular performance garnered him appreciation from all corners.During those times, J Mahendran was a mentor figure to Rajinikanth, and in many interviews, the actor has made it clear that he is very much obliged to Mahendran for shaping his career.UthiripookkalJ Mahendran’s ‘Uthiripookkal’ is considered a landmark in the history of Tamil cinema. With newcomers like Vijayan, Ashwini, Madhumalini, Charuhasan, Master Haja Sheriff and Baby Anju in the lead roles, J Mahendran crafted a heart-touching flick that still lives in the minds of Tamil movie lovers.For ‘Uthiripookkal’, J Mahendran won the best director (Tamil) honour in Filmfare awards. In 2013, IBN included ‘Uthiripookkal’ in the list of 100 greatest Indian films of all time.Nenjathai Killathe’Nenjathai Killathe’ is a critically acclaimed movie directed by J Mahendran, and it was released in 1980. The film starred Suhasini, Sarath Babu, Mohan and Pratap K. Pothen in prominent roles. The film won three awards each at the 28th National Film Awards and Tamil Nadu State Film Awards in 1981. As the film became a huge hit at the box-office, it was dubbed and released in Telugu as Mouna Geetham.JohnnyJ Mahendran made ‘Johnny’ with Rajinikanth in 1980. The film featured Rajinikanth in dual roles, and it also had Sridevi playing another prominent role. Ilayaraja’s scores in this film are still considered evergreen and are very much demanded in Tamil music channels and radio.Upon its release, the film emerged as a critical and commercial success, and audiences praised Rajinikanth and Sridevi for their fantabulous performances.Theri and Petta’Theri’ directed by Atlee and ‘Petta’ directed by Karthick Subbaraj featured J Mahendran playing strong character roles. Even though J Mahendran started acting in the final stages of his career, he proclaimed that he is a wonderful performer both on and off screen.In ‘Theri’, J Mahendran played the role of Vanamaamalai, a labour minister with grey shades. However, in ‘Petta’, Mahendran played a positive role, that of Rajapandi, a character that gets killed by his own son.last_img read more

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What exactly can you call homeland

first_imgOne of Britain’s most talked about showcases of contemporary art, Homelands — that explores the relationship between the self and the place in a world of short-lived identities and contested geographies — will tour India from 22 January during the fifth India Art Fair in the Capital.The exhibition will be brought to India by the British Council, partnered by the India Art Fair, Kotak Mahindra and London-based auction house Christie’s, the auction house said Tuesday in a communique. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’It will open at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Arts (IGNCA) 22 January. The artworks, collected from British Council’s art repository, throw fresh light on contemporary British art by studying the idea of new Homelands that is made of conflicting histories of alienation, memory, adopted nations and migrations.Curated by Indian art historian Latika Gupta, it will host 80 works of 28 modern and contemporary artists.Of the 28 artists, eight are Turner Prize winners and nominees. They include George Shaw (nominee in 2011), Tim Hetherington was the winner of World Press Photo competition in 2007. Jeremy Deller (winner in 2004), Langlands and Bell (nominee in 2004), Grayson Perry (winner in 2003), Cornelia Parker (nominee in 1997), Gillian Wearing (winner in 1997), Mona Hatoum (nominee in 1995), Richard Long (winner in 1989). Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHomelands will roll out a multi-layered programme to include public exhibitions in four major metros — artist talks, seminars, curator-led walks, outreach activities and workshops.The outreach programme will allow local partnerships by encouraging dialogue and collaboration between Indian and Britain institutions.Explaining the essence of the exhibition, curator Latika Gupta said: ‘Today, many of us move across national boundaries. We are born in one country, we make another our home. In the criss-crossing of political, social and cultural borders, we live our lives through hyphenated identities belonging here and there; inhabiting multiple places — both physical and metaphorical. ‘Geographies that can be mapped as international boundaries and as places conjured through remembering and imagining,’ she said. Gupta said the art works will try to question issues about ‘what constitutes a homeland’.‘Is it ethnicity, language, religion, customs and beliefs. Are homelands those in which our ancestors were born? What of outsiders who live and make other lands their homes? Where do we really belong? Where is it that we hope to one day return?’ Gupta asked. According to Gupta, the project was ‘exciting because it would introduce 28 emerging British artists to India and connect to tens of thousands of people, especially young people with the best contemporary art’.A spokesperson for British Council said the exhibition demonstrated the inter-cultural connection and the value of international collaboration with an Indian curator. It asks about the identity crisis that for so many of us that constitutes modern life, director of British Council-India, Rob Lynes said.last_img read more

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Mahatma Gandhis last fast captured in images

first_imgDid Mahatma Gandhi have a premonition about his death? A 20-panel exhibition on his final fast-unto-death indicates this was so.‘Who knows my ahimsa might be tested at the fag end of my life. A proverb says that a dying flame burns brighter before it burns out. May be, my end is approaching and I am fully prepared…,’ Mahatma Gandhi had said before going on fast on 12 January, 1948 against the communal riots sweeping the national capital.The exhibition at the Nehru National Museum and Library (NMML), inaugurated by Culture Minister Chandresh Kumari Katoch Wednesday to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s 65th death anniversary, looks at the fortnight leading to his assassination and the do-or-die crusade against the forces of parochialism and religious hate. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The 20 panels, ‘The Weapon of Ahimsa: Mahatma Gandhi’s Last Fast’, of text and visual prints mounted in the lobby of the library, present Gandhi’s itinerary in a chronological manner. The collection has 287 photographs and memorabilia – Yarvada Chakra, flag of Suraj and khadi textiles that portray the influence of Mahatma Gandhi in the daily lives of the Kallenbach.The collection has original copies of Young India and Harijan as well.Gandhi believed fasting was a spiritual act.last_img read more

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Pak votes to stay put of conflict

first_imgPakistani lawmakers on Friday unanimously voted to stay out of the Saudi-led coalition targeting Shiite rebels in Yemen in a blow to the alliance behind the campaign, while planes with badly needed medical aid landed in Yemen’s embattled capital, Sanaa – the first such deliveries since the airstrikes started over two weeks ago. After days of debating, Pakistan’s legislature adopted a resolution stating that “Pakistan should maintain neutrality in the Yemen conflict so as to be able to play a proactive diplomatic role to end the crisis.Pakistani lawmakers said after their vote Friday that they hoped it would pave the way for a resolution to the Yemen crisis. Sirajul Haq, the head of Pakistan’s most organized Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan party, said Islamabad could “play the role of a mediator.”The United Nations and Iran have called for a return Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attended the joint session of parliament in a sign of his approval.last_img read more

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