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Silver Reflects

My reflections on various topics under the sun

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

A villain remembered

The year was 1996. It had been around 2 months since I had entered high school, when I received a letter from my 'alma mater' asking me to attend that year's Independence Day celebrations in our locality as I would be receiving an award for being the school topper in the Class VII examinations. I knew there would be some big names at the event as it had been the practice of the organisers to invite prominent personalities from various fields to the function. Naturally I was excited at the prospect of being 'feted' by some big shot :-). However I was a tad disappointed to learn that the award would be given by Vajramuni, one of the most popular villains in the Kannada film industry. The appropriateness of inviting a 'bad guy' to give away an award for 'academic excellence' to impressionable youngsters was lost on me at that time. August 15th arrived and I went to the venue along with my parents & my kid brother. Now, Vajramuni had a characteristic style of demonstrating villainy - while plotting the downfall of the hero (usually Rajkumar) his eyes would narrow down to slits, his anger would be theatrical to the core, the typical sneer would be present most of the times. It was rather strange to see the same man looking serious in a dignified way and actually smiling kindly. In the end, he presented me with a cup & also garlanded my dad. I still have two photographs of the award ceremony.

This man who had been jailed, beaten & killed innumerable times on the silver screen, expired for the last time on January 5, 2006. I learnt about this the next day when I glanced at the front page of the newspaper before leaving for office. All through my journey to the office, a sense of sadness prevailed. Though I had met the man for a few fleeting moments, his presence that day had impressed upon me the distinction between reel & real life.

May his soul rest in peace.


Blogger Ganja said...

Heh. I feel "Spot Naga" was the most terrifying villain I have seen on film. Your school managed to get somebody quite famous, I'm impressed. Especially after seeing the stature of people who come for Inci inaug/ring ceremony etc.

January 26, 2006 9:46 PM  
Blogger Rajat said...

Ah, I remember Spot Naga. Shanti Kranti was the movie, right? I remember the dialogue during the climax when he says "Anumana bantu. Spot change maadde" (I got doubt; I changed the spot) after having secretly changed the location of the bomb. Then some other fellow says about Anant Nag, "Avana chitege avane benki idtane" (He will light his own pyre) or something similar when he goes to inaugurate the event using the torch.

BTW, to be frank, I am not that sure my school actually got him, as the event was a locality level thing. But yeah, they would probably have had some hand there. But didn't Inci have Vanita Vasu at some inauguration? ;-)

January 26, 2006 10:33 PM  
Blogger Saturday Night Takeout said...

Aaah, Ms. Vasu.


What wonders cellulite can do to "enhance" a reputation.

January 27, 2006 10:31 AM  
Blogger Mukka said...

Seriously. Vanitha Vasu looked like somebody had given her electric shock therapy coupled with liberal dosages of super-cuticular animal fat. Suffice to say she looked eminently gross.

January 28, 2006 12:24 PM  
Blogger Rajat said...

I never managed to catch a glimpse of Ms. Vasu as I never bothered to attend the inauguration. Not that I am unhappy about that. :-)

January 28, 2006 10:31 PM  
Blogger Clickr said...

This man who had been jailed, beaten & killed innumerable times on the silver screen, expired for the last time on January 5, 2006.
Not to mention the hajjar rapes and the kidnappings. His bald and bare-chested sidekicks included 'Tiger' Prabhakar, 'Fighter' Shetty, etc.,

January 30, 2006 1:03 PM  

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