It has taken lyricist Vairamuthu close to 30 years to unravel the mystery of ‘Ulaganayagan’ Kamal Haasan’s perennial habit of lifting or carrying all his heroines (in films, of course!). Vairamuthu’s ‘revelation’ occurred at the audio-launch of the film Ponmalai Pozhudhu (PP) which was held in the premises of Sathyam Cinemas in the city on the other day.
Aadhav, grandson of late and legendary lyricist-cum-poet Kannadasan, is debuting as hero in Tamil films with PP. Kamal Haasan released the audio cassettes and CDs of the film which were received by Vairamuthu. Kamal, who blessed a wonderful career for Aadhav, said that he had known Kannadasan from close quarters and was happy to be releasing the audio of the debut film of his grandson.
He said the applause of the audience is the biggest strength for any artiste and appealed to movie-goers to support Aadhav the same way they have supported heroes like him. When his turn to speak came, Vairamuthu observed that “I have always felt jealous of Kamal: in many films in his childhood, he has been ‘carried’ by both MGR and Sivaji Ganesan, the two big achievers of Tamil films.
“As if to make ‘amends’ for making them do so, he has been made to ‘carry’ his heroines (on-screen) in almost all his films,” remarked Vairamuthu amid thunderous applause from those who had gathered at the venue. Others who took part at the audio-launch included directors Saravanan, A.R. Murugadoss, GNR Kumaravel and Pandiraj, actors Vishnu, Prithvi, Shanthanu, Kishore and Aadhav.