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Shyam Benegal has understood Tamil Cinema Shyam Benegal has understood Tamil Cinema

Topic started by OISG (@ 193.188.97.152) on Mon Apr 15 02:26:51 EDT 2002.
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Shyam Benegal: You were accomplished in cinematic grammar from the start. How did you get the Tamil audiences (habituated to theatricality, histrionics and rhetoric) to transcend conventional ways of looking at cinema?

THE HINDU - Chat with Mani Ratnam

Following is the original, for which Mr.Benegal has taken pains to translate it into English!Thanks Benegal Saab!


From: OISG (@ 193.188.97.152) on: Mon Apr 8 11:09:19 EDT 2002


Bollwood was magnanimous enough to give Sivaji Ganesan the Dadasaheb Phalke award ahead of Mamta Kularni and Deepak Tijouri.

You southies always complain.

Let me list out what we Bollwood have :

We have 700+ territories with 80% of them in Bihar/MP/UP.Bahut pade log hai uthar .. 4th class!

We have Anu malik,NS,SD,JL .Thumara Rehman competer megeek martha hai!Ithar Sab original hai!

We have sophisticated Star material in Rahul Roy,Saif Ali khan ,Esha Deol ,Bobby deol to name a few. Pehle hamare paas Ranjit,Jeetendar,Dharmindar ,Rajendra Kumar ,Jagdeep tha!Madrasi log Rajinikant ke peche pade hei! Vo kali beedi martha hai!

We have talented directors like Mahesh Bhatt,raj Kanwar who make original movies.Dekh! Criminal film was Bhatt Saab s autobiography!

We have the best dancer in Sanjay Dutt!Thumara Prabhu Deva acha natchtha hai lekin sanju baba ka steps isse badiya hai.Woh kamal ka aadmi hai,Langda ka Role be kiya isne!

Sadhanaji ka hair ishtyle Stefi Graf ne copy kiya!

Asha Parekhji bahuti decent our Kamyabi thi.So we made her the censor board chairperson.Tomorrow we are going to elect Pooja Bhatt or Mamata Kularni for the post but you will still complain.

Hamara Salman ka muscles... Awaz nahe mangtha!Iska Nasional Geogrphy channel may be chance mila !

Hamara Amir Dhai lakh dollar Karcha kiya.Kai ke liye!Bharat ko ek AShkar milne keliye.Tumara Maniratnam kiniratnam aisa karega kya!Ashkar kali gora log jeethraha hai!

Hamre paas Kumar Sanu hai!Vo Mu se nahi Nak se Gaath hai!Thumara SPB kya ..hamesha mu se gatha hai!Sanu da ka kaam kitna mushkil malum hai kya?

Amitab ..kya aadmi hai..kitna hoshyari our buddhiman he!Ishtar TV dekh!Usko sabi jawab malum hai Phir be Roz Lakhon rupiya karcha kartha hai!Kabhi kabhi Karodo rupiya be!Isilye isko "Pershonalty of the year" mila.Agale saal hum Abishek ko denewale hai.Baath ho gaya!

Sabse uppar Hamare paas Johnny lever hai!we have instituted Dada Saheb Kondke award and we are giving johnny the award this year.Tum log be koshish karlo yaar!Kondke saaab ka "Diya Tere haath me" "Kol de teri Zuban" film ko Angrez log ne Ashkar nai diya!Kya film hai!

Clerk naam pe ek philm hamare Manoj Kumar saab ne kiya.Isse bada comedy film kaun banayega?


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