We stand corrected

On April 15th 2013 (https://tcrcindia.com/2013/04/15/rare-production-stills-from-mani-ratnams-thalapathi/) we had posted the following contact sheet and mentioned that it was the ‘look’ test for the Maniratnam film Thalapathi. But we recently got information from a reliable source that it was in fact a test shoot for ‘Iruvar’. We have no further information regarding this test shoot.

"Thalapathi" - Contact Sheet of Mamootty's Look Test

Iruvar was finally cast with Mohanlal and Prakash Raj starring in the film. It was also the debut film for Aishwarya Rai who had just won the Miss World title. Below is a song from the film sung by Unnikrishnan and by Oscar nominee Bombay Jayashri. This arguably could be the first song that Bombay Jayashri sang for films.

Happy b’day, Charlie Chaplin!

Wear a shabby suit,
And a bowler hat.
Swing a cane,
And sport a toothbrush ‘stache.
Turn into Chaplin, 
for he was a comic genius.
He taught us how to laugh,
and made the business of comedy, serious.” 

Comedy king Charlie Chaplin was born this very day back in 1889. He may have passed away in 1977. But he lives on through his movies, which have spread joy and cheer while making us reflect on the vagaries of life.

One of the best tributes to Chaplin that we at TCRC are aware of is the permanent show titled “Charlie Chaplin – The Great Londoner” that has been set up for him at the London Film Museum (click image below to know more).

“Charlie Chaplin – The Great Londoner” | London Film Museum

Also, our favorite Chaplin film has got to be “The Kid.” Incidentally, The Kid has been preserved in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

Here’s wishing the comic genius a very happy b’day!

Arul Mani on Baradwaj Rangan’s “Conversations with Mani Ratnam”

Mani Ratnam with Rajnikanth on the sets of “Thalapathi.” Photo Courtesy: Indian Express Archives

Today, we revisit Arul Mani’s rather balanced review of Baradwaj Rangan’s book “Conversations with Mani Ratnam” for Tehelka (click on the image to read the full story).

We at TCRC happen to have, in our archives, contact sheets of Mammootty’s look tests for Mani Ratnam’s “Thalapathi.” We’re working on digitizing this absolutely gorgeous piece of film memorabilia, which also features director Mani Ratnam and cinematographer Santosh Sivan in some candid shots. So, do watch this space for updates!

The Words in “Veerapandiya Kattabomman” | A tribute to writer “Sakthi” Tk Krishnaswamy

Mohan V Raman had written a warm tribute to writer “Sakthi” TK Krishnaswamy in The Hindu Metroplus yesterday, a piece that we at TCRC loved (click here to read the story).

The tribute resonated even more with us, given that our archives have an original LP of the “Veerapandiya Kattabomman” soundtrack (see image below).

"Veerapandiya Kattabomman"