Quite a lot of new content material is being created for OTT and different platforms, however house for iconic outdated movies is shrinking

Quite a lot of new content material is being created for OTT and different platforms, however house for iconic outdated movies is shrinking

Devar Magan (1992) reoriented us to his colossal expertise, because it was maybe that one stand-out movie after the 90s, which did justice to his nuanced performing skills as he performed the patriarch ruling a divided land.

Kamalhaasan and Sivaji Ganesan in Devar Magan.

Kamalhaasan and Sivaji Ganesan in Devar Magan.
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Though my nephew wasn’t born when Sivaji dominated the silver display, his fascination for the actor has made me take into consideration how the magic of the outdated hasn’t waned a lot. And how outdated doesn’t imply boring for the brand new technology. But right here, I’ve bought to hand it to my father, aunt, and maternal grandmother for developing with fascinating trivia whereas we used to watch these classics within the 90s, on these VHS tapes. It positively added to our viewing expertise. Searching for these outdated movies is sort of tedious now; outdated songs are extra simply out there on-line than movies.

Pasamalar starring Sivaji Ganesan and Savitri.

Pasamalar starring Sivaji Ganesan and Savitri.
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Let’s take a look at the opposite finish of the spectrum. A good friend of mine says black and white movies make her really feel low. May be nostalgia is just not all the time a completely satisfied factor. Art transcends time, however the enduring enchantment of a well-delivered dialogue or a brilliantly-conceived scene or a high-on-emotion efficiency can’t be missed. For instance: the writing of Aroor Das ( Pasamalar), the Sivaji-Savitri magical pairing, the breath-taking locales one noticed in C.V. Sridhar’s motion pictures (Ooty by no means appeared as superb because it first did within the songs of his Kaadhilikka Neramillai. He even made a movie later set in these hills, Ooty Varai Uravu). The manner relationships and ladies have been depicted then could seem regressive now, however the basis of filmmaking was laid by these so referred to as ‘old-timers’, who redefined cinematic tropes for the millennials to observe.

Retro songs

Like Ilaiyaraaja is retro immediately, MSV was retro within the 80s. But fortunately, we nonetheless get to hear an ‘En iniya ponnilave’ ( Moodupani) or ‘Vaa Vennila’ ( Mella Thirandhadhu Kadhavu) on FM channels, TV actuality reveals, and retro music reveals. Songs are essential to Indian cinema. They are sometimes the rationale for a movie or an actor’s success. Even a non-star led movie like Veera Thirumagan (produced by AVM) had the tremendous hit tune, ‘Paadaadha paattellaam paadavandhaal’.

Srikanth and Thengai Srinivasan in Kaasedhaan Kadavuladaa.

Srikanth and Thengai Srinivasan in Kaasedhaan Kadavuladaa.
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The comedy of the black and white movies remained unmatched until, Ok. Bhagyaraj wove nonchalant humour into his scripts, after which got here Kamal Haasan, whose scripts had dialogues by the inimitable Crazy Mohan. Comedy has all the time been a stronghold of Tamil cinema. Beginning with N.S. Krishnan and T.A. Madhuram, it gained momentum when character-actors like T.S. Balaiah, who like M.R. Radha, performed a number of roles, which included ace comic and dreaded villain. And then there was the star of all of them – Nagesh, who was adopted by Manorama, Cho Ramasamy, Thengai Srinivasan, Suruli Rajan, main up to Goundamani-Senthil, Vivek, and Vadivelu (who’s now well-known for his presence in memes and Insta-reels). One comes throughout these humourous clips usually on social media.

Actor Vadivelu in Eli.

Actor Vadivelu in Eli.

Since OTT is the buzzword immediately, I believe they need to have a part that celebrates these greats, whose laborious work and expertise proceed to encourage us. Imagine an actor like Nagesh, who had it in him to get up and go to the set virtually each single day of his life, from 1958 to 2008, and but we get to see so little of him on our viewing gadgets today.

Viewership statistics maybe don’t have a section for documenting the enchantment of black and white movies, however viewing habits could be cultivated. While what’s present immediately will grow to be retro tomorrow, the media networks may do us good in the event that they perceive that outdated doesn’t imply outdated.

The author is a content material producer, author, artiste and curator.

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