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.

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"

The Superstar as a Conductor | A lovely Rajnikanth tale

In the late 1960s, the conductor of the Bangalore Transport Service (BTS) bus that plied on route No 10A from Srinagar to Majestic via City Market was a certain Shivaji Rao Gaikwad, a Kannada-speaking Maharashtrian. He was a stickler for rules. His dos and don’ts for commuters were simple: don’t board a running bus; always alight and board only at bus stops; don’t travel on the footboard; present exact change for tickets. One morning, he noticed a pig-tailed college girl jump into his moving bus, and snarled, “Ilee ree, ilee ree” (get off, get off). He had the driver stop the bus and made my aunt Vasanthi—the passenger—disembark.”

We at TCRC loved reading this lovely Open magazine story about superstar Rajnikanth (click on the image to read the full story).

Our archives have numerous rare images of Rajnikanth over the years and we are currently digitizing a number of those images. So, do watch this space for updates!

Incredible film posters from Poland!

Poster | “Apocalypse Now” in Polish

Andrew Lindstrom puts together a fantastic collection of 50 film posters from Poland for the blog WellMedicated (click on the image to see the entire list). Some of them are absolutely gorgeous.

Incidentally, The Cinema Resource Centre here in Chennai also houses a large number of posters and lobby cards of Hollywood films that have been released in India over the years. Want to drop in? Write to us at tcrcindia[at]gmail[dot]com.

Lobby Card | “Policekaaran Magal” | Tamil | 1962

Police-Karan-MAgal-1 WM

A ‘lobby card’ usually featured an image from the film that was being played at the theatre and was displayed in the glass-pane covered notice boards that characterized the lobbies of most single screen theatres in those days.

This is the lobby card of “Policekaaran Magal,” a successful Tamil film released in 1962.