By: Settu Shankar
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Sathyaraj is one of those very few down to earth film personalities who always entertains the audience with his humour and witty one liners wherever he appears. He once again proved his comical strength, when he shared the podium along with Bollywood star Vivek Oberoi at the audio launch of Kannamoochi Enada.
The movie, produced by Radaan Media and UTV, features Sathyaraj, Radhika, Sri Priya, Prithviraj and Sandhya playing the lead roles. Music is by Yuvan Shankar Raja and V. Priya has directed the film. This is her second attempt after the moderately hit film Kanda Naal Muthal.
The first copy of the audio was released by Vivek Oberoi, and was received by actor Surya. Speaking on the occasion, Vivek Oberoi expressed his admiration for south Indian film technicians. He heaped laurels on the film personalities of south India and said that he admired their dedication towards their work.
On his part, Sathyaraj, said, "I am delighted to be a part of such an interesting film, and the movie has come out good. It has been 30 years since I came to the industry. I have been happy till now without any regrets and enjoy pursuing my acting career. Seeing everyone speak at this function in English, I think that I should also have learnt some English. With a lot of multinational companies and corporate firms entering film production, the time has come for me to learn English".
On the 'on screen chemistry' with co-stars, Sathyaraj said, "I'm still at loss to find the meaning of the term 'on screen chemistry' often used by the industry people. Recently, director Shankar approached me to act in Shivaji as a villain against the superstar. That time Shankar said that the chemistry worked out well between Rajini sir and me. I really didn't understand what he meant, but generally nodded my head. Similarly, Priya narrated to me the story of Kannamoochi Enada, and said my on screen chemistry with Prithviraj will be good. Immediately, I contacted my learned friend Manobala to explain to me the meaning of this so-called chemistry. He replied that means nothing except a good understanding between the co-stars, quoting MGR-Saroja Devi and Shivaji-Padmini duos as examples. I was shocked and wondered how that kind of chemistry works out between Prithviraj and me!"
He further said: "Sri Priya told me that I will definitely be awarded for my performance in Periyar. But I'm disclosing here that I have already got an award, which is more precious than any other award in the world. It is the ring of Periyar E.V.Ramswamy gifted to me on the 100th day celebration of the film. It is said that Rajinikanth is the highest paid actor in India, and Tom Cruise is the highest paid actor in the world. After receiving Periyar's ring, I consider myself to be higher paid than both of them."
Earlier, Radhika welcomed the gathering which included prominent film personalities like Sarath Kumar, Rama Narayanan and Abhirami Ramanathan, among others.