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Kollywood pays Padmini homage

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    Tuesday, September 26, 2006
    Chennai (UNI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, himself a film writer today led the state especially the film industry in paying homage to yesteryear actor and dancer Padmini, who died past midnight on Sunday. Mr Karunanidhi, accompanied by film lyricist Vairamuthu, visited the residence of Padmini's niece Shobana, also a dancer and national award winning actor, and placed a wreath on the late actor's body. Meanwhile, the Tamil Film industry paid glowing tributes to the Polygot actress and ''Nattiya Peroli'', describing her death as an irreparable loss to the Indian film world.

    Film artists, including actors and actresses of the present and earlier generations, paid their homage to the mortal remains of the actor. Renowned danseuse and former MP Vyjayanthimala Bali, Manorama and Nagesh, contemporaries of Padmini, placed a wreath and said the death of Padmini was a personal loss to them. The famous dance sequence filmed on Padmini and Vyjayanthimala in the film Vanjikottai Valiban and the refrain ''Sabaash Sariyana Potti'' by late villain P S Veerappa, is still vivid in the minds of film buffs.

    Among others who paid their last respects included ace actor Kamal Hassan, actors Arjun, Parthiban, Vikram, veteran actor Sivakumar, Gouthami, Kushboo, distributors, producers and directors from the tinsel world. The mortal remains of Padmini would be consigned to flames at the Besant Nagar Crematorium later today

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