Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Chiru At Rewind to the ‘evergreen 80s'

They would have probably run around trees together, had common tea breaks, rehearsed dialogues and dance movements, or maybe, discussed roles and costumes with each other at some point.


Such moments and many more were relived by actors who rocked the south Indian film industry, at a reunion in the city on Sunday.

Organised and hosted by actors Suhasini Maniratnam and Lissy Priyadarshan, the evening, called ‘Evergreen 80's', had some of the most celebrated actors of those days coming together to simply have fun and reminisce those golden moments of their prime years.

“This is the second time such a reunion is being organised. It was absolutely lovely,” said Suhasini. The theme for the evening was black and green and all the actors were dressed accordingly. “Now, there is a big competition among us to host the next edition of the reunion,” she added.

All four southern states were represented in the icons - Rajinikanth, Chiranjeevi, Mohan Lal and Ambarish. Organisers said Kamal Haasan could not participate, as he was travelling, and Mammootty, who was fasting for Ramzan, couldn't make it, either.

The hosts had made a poster with autographs of all the stars who attended the reunion last time, organised audio-visual presentations, music, dance and games.

Actors Ramya Krishnan, Khushbhoo and Radha danced for ‘Nila adu vaanathu mele…' and had the rest of the bunch tapping their feet.

Actor Mohan, who comes to one's mind at the instance of most of the hit songs of the period, said the reunion was touching. “The friendship and camaraderie that still exists and the bond we share go well beyond money, fame, hits and flops. It was most fulfilling,” he said.

The meeting was absolutely genuine, said actor Khushbhoo. “Nobody was a star there. We were like a bunch of excited school children. Imagine Rajini sir sitting on the floor and watching others perform. And he came and spent time with us, although it was daughter's pre-wedding sangeeth that evening!”

The evening was particularly special for Khushbhoo as she met Telugu actor Venkatesh, with whom she started her career in the south Indian industry in 1986. “Both of us were introduced in the Telugu film Kaliyuga Pandavulu together. That marked my entry to the south Indian film industry. It's about 25 years now. Wow! ”

From pranks at the shooting spot to what each of the actors is upto currently, the evening saw a lot of rewinding and sharing, leaving the actors excited about the next edition of the reunion already. As Khushbhoo put it, “The really nice thing is that we are all still around and doing well for ourselves!”

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