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Is there a platform to look at classics?

Is there a platform to look at classics?

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A variety of new content material is being created for OTT and different platforms, however area for iconic outdated movies is shrinking

A variety of new content material is being created for OTT and different platforms, however area for iconic outdated movies is shrinking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 appearing talents as he performed the patriarch ruling a divided land.

Kamalhaasan and Sivaji Ganesan in Devar Magan.

Kamalhaasan and Sivaji Ganesan in Devar Magan.
| Photograph Credit score: The Hindu Archives

Although 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dominated the silver display, his fascination for the actor has made me take into consideration how the magic of the outdated hasn’t waned a lot. And the way outdated doesn’t imply boring for the brand new era. However right here, I’ve acquired handy it to my father, aunt, and maternal grandmother for developing with attention-grabbing trivia whereas we used to look at these classics within the 90s, on these VHS tapes. It positively added to our viewing expertise. Looking for these outdated movies is kind of tedious now; outdated songs are extra simply out there on-line than movies.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.
| Photograph Credit score: The Hindu Archives

Let’s take a look at the opposite finish of the spectrum. A pal of mine says black and white movies make her really feel low. Could also be nostalgia isn’t at all times a cheerful factor. Artwork transcends time, however the enduring attraction of a well-delivered dialogue or a brilliantly-conceived scene or a high-on-emotion efficiency can’t be ignored. 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 best way relationships and girls had been depicted then could seem regressive now, however the basis of filmmaking was laid by these so known as ‘old-timers’, who redefined cinematic tropes for the millennials to observe.

Retro songs

Like Ilaiyaraaja is retro at present, MSV was retro within the 80s. However fortunately, we nonetheless get to listen to 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’re typically the explanation for a movie or an actor’s success. Even a non-star led movie like Veera Thirumagan (produced by AVM) had the tremendous hit music, ‘Paadaadha paattellaam paadavandhaal’.

Srikanth and Thengai Srinivasan in Kaasedhaan Kadavuladaa.

Srikanth and Thengai Srinivasan in Kaasedhaan Kadavuladaa.
| Photograph Credit score: The Hindu Archives

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

Actor Vadivelu in Eli.

Actor Vadivelu in Eli.

Since OTT is the buzzword at present, I believe they need to have a piece that celebrates these greats, whose laborious work and expertise proceed to encourage us. Think about 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 units nowadays.

Viewership statistics maybe don’t have a phase for documenting the attraction of black and white movies, however viewing habits will be cultivated. Whereas what’s present at present will change into retro tomorrow, the media networks may also 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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