cinema has always been dominated by girls from outside Tamilnadu right
from the days of MGR- Sivaji. Even today in the era of modernity the
Tamil filmdom has Mumbai girls at the top .Why is it so? Industry
pundits say that Tamil girls are surely flocking to the producers but
the directors and the artistes are bitten by the Mumbai bug and to
them any girl from Mumbai is a beauty and any girl from Kerala is a
nice ` kutty' and an Andhra girl is a hot chilli. But whereas a
Madurai or Coimbatore lass is very local.
It was very evident when the recent film Pukazh starring Sarath Kumar
had two heroines- Sangavi and Poonam Sengar. They play Tamil ponnu (
girl)- one is a teashop vendor and another a daughter of an estate
owner. In real life Sangavi is from Mysore and Poonam from
Mumbai.Right from Ambika- Radha to Gauthami and Kushboo to Simran who
is today's numero uno, all these heroines are non-tamilians. And very
soon Simran is going to be replaced by another Mumbai beauty Jyothika
(sister of Nagma, the ex numero uno) as the former is dropping out
from the movies for her marriage is on the cards. In the early days
also the Kerala sisters Lalita- Ragini- Padmini and then Saroja Devi,
Bhanumathi, Savithiri, K R Vijaya were at the top and who have been
from outside Tamilnadu.
A veteran actress like Manorama has no answer as to why the girls of
Tamilnadu did not shine in their own state. But she feels that
basically the society in Tamilnadu adores and reveres heroines and is
ready to build a temple but they do not want to send their daughters
to films. The reason for this that the Kodambakkam crowd of Chettiars,
Mudaliars and a few Nadars who with agricultural interests have spoilt
the image of filmdom. Exploiting women from the small towns and cities
and then giving them small roles and finally relegated to junior
artistes and prostitutes has developed a mortal fear of this field in
the society.Yet another reason is the lifestyle of film stars that are
reported in the press. A revered leader like MGR had a relationship
with costar Jayalalitha and writer Karunanidhi has two wives while
poet laureate (late) Kannadasan has today many off springs born out of
It's a known fact that the casting couch is very much rampant in films
exhibitionistic streak in the Tamilians that has scared off good
girls. The Sarath- Naghma affair, Prabhu- Kushboo marriage are all
examples that the industry has set to the public. The Mumbai girls
score where the Tamil girls shy away. Their white skin,Mumbai English,
extrovert nature (read having a drink and going out for a disco) and
to dress seductively gives the directors and producers the hots.The
mother or ayah knows to look the other way. The plump actress who has
a temple built by her fans was seen sitting on every producers lap in
Mumbai and she found in south a haven because here they gave her money
and roles and off screen and outside the bedroom they called her `amma'.
The girls who migrate from Kerala and Andhra come with desperation to
make it big and this `drive' is what makes them comfortable in Chennai.
The two famous sisters of Tamil cine field were the only assests that
their mother peddled, to make her money and life for her daughters.
Urvasi and sisters too came with only their bagage and it was
Bhagyaraj who used, abused and made Urvasi into a star.the tall
heroine from Vizag with all her engineering dropout background and
parents being doctor etc., she hit big time only after she latched on
to a political leader who also financed films.
The director who has a fascination to rename his heroines with the
alphabet "R" had one of his 'R's as his in house girl, a
daughter of an army officer and who later married and settled down.
She is now starting her first directorial venture with her women
crew.The non-Tamil heroines, who have made big in Kollywood, have
built their houses and bank balances and settled down in Chennai where
they get a wall drawn around them to keep them away from social
criticism. And back home they cannot get into a shell and shirk off
answering the embarrassing questions.For instance, Kushboo today has
no roots in Mumbai and Naghma who keeps flying down to Chennai has two
bungalows and looks after sis dates. Simran has bought a house in
Hyderabad because her hubby (Raju) lives in Chennai and so she wants
to be away.
Devyani who came from Mumbai is firmly settled down in Chennai and bye
to Mumbai. Roja who was staying in a lodge in Chennai is settled in
Chennai with director Selvamani. Rambha who stayed in one room
apartment in Chennai hit big time with her thigh display and today she
has a big bungalow and imported cars. Meena whose mother is a Malayali
actress of yesteryears too manipulated filmdom to hit it big.Even
today the mod beauty queens of Chennai and hailing from Tamilnadu are
not keen to join films and only the Punjabi- Malayali beauties are
keen to sign up films.
The craze for Mumbai beauties is spreading like fire, even the state
ministers want only Mumbai kuddies and so we have a Priety Zinta fly
in and out and a minister has a heart attack! The only thing that
Tamil filmdom is sure about is its heroes; they want only pure blood
Alphonsa, the vampish dancer who is a major attraction in many of
the hit films including mega starrers of Rajanikanth and Mohanlal
attempted suicide likeViji.
But fortunately was saved by the doctors of the city hospital in
Chennai.This luscious vamp had got prominence through dance sequence
in Baasha of Rajanikanth and from then was featured in many Tamil
films and later became a hit in Malayalam films . Her recent hit film
in Malayalam was Mohanlal's Narsimhamam . With the start of the soft
porn wave she was in demand in Malayalam and she acted in the film
Parva Mazhai ( youthful rain) where she acted opposite Sagar .
Sagar,a married man did not stop from starting off a torrid affair
with her and even promised to marry her as he is a Muslim. However
things soured up and Alphonsa attempted suicide by taking an overdose
of pills.She was rushed to Soorya hospital in Chennai and saved by the
doctors. The matter was hushed up and not reported to the cops. She
had recently built a new bungalow in Saligramam ( Chennai) and leading
a very cushy life . Rajanikanth's soft corner for her was said to be
the reason for her riches. Her brother is also a dancer in films.
Prakashraj whose penchant for doing offbeat roles had recently got
praise for his performance in Appu directed by Vasanth promises to
give yet another offbeat peformance in Little John directed by
Singeetham. Srinivasa Rao. In the movie he is going to act as Bhiravan
the swami with evil powers and is supposed to have been living for the
past 2000 years to get the mookuthi (nose ring). Speaking about his
role, Prakashraj said that he had to sit before the makeup man from 5
am to get ready for a 9 am shot. His hairdo and facial features are
all redone. "His Costumes? Only this loincloth " said
Prakashraj with a guffaw.