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By: Settu Shankar
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Radharavi, a versatile actor at his age, has blasted the recent trend of remaking the golden old hits again with the present heroes. Being the Secretary of South Indian film Artist Association, he told me that that the idea of remaking old classics is a real mockery by the present creators.
When I was talking to him on yesterday, he told me, 'there is only one Sun and one moon in the world. If the sun or the moon could be re-created, there would be no reason to hail their presence. Once I tried to remake the old classic Padithal Mattum Podhuma, a Shivaji starrer film. I preferred Prabhu for Shivaji's role. I donned the character of M.R.Radha. But there a question stood before us. Who will take up the challenge to perform in the role of Raja Sulochana, who did the cameo role in the original? Immediately we dropped the idea of remaking any film. Is it possible to recreate Thalaivar MGR's Enga Veetu Pillai? Or Shivaji's Dheivamagan?
Take the case of Billa... Rajini is a living legend. There is no stopping this extra ordinary super star. Still that film has been enjoyed by lakhs and lakhs of Tamil viewers around the world. Trying to fit someone in his shoes is not considered in good taste or manner. I'm not criticizing Ajith. But it clearly shows the drought in the creativity of the present creators. One should try to keep these old classics as treasures and try to screen them everywhere. Every newcomer should learn something from the old hits instead of copying it'.
At the same time, he cautiously told that that his outburst was not meant as a personal attack on anyone!