Director Bharathiraja, who is also the president of the Directors’ Association, was one notable absentee at the book release function, containing 1000 prominent lyrics penned by lyricist Vairamuthu, and was attended by almost all the leading luminaries of Kollywood including CM Mr Karunanidhi and top stars Rajini and Kamal on Sunday(Jan 2, 2011).
Though Bharathiraja’s name was very much on the invitation, he did give a miss to the event. Closer circles revealed that there was indeed a ‘solid’ reason on the part of the temperamental director to have skipped the function. It all started with the promo of the film ‘Thenmerku Paruvakkaatru’ which released recently on December 24, 2010 for which Vairamuthu went out of his own way to promote it all for.
Bharathiraja appears to have been ‘hurt’ to a great extent by the comparison made by Vairamuthu “director Seenu Ramaswamy is ‘Another Bharathiraja’ in Kollywood”. This comparsion didnt certainly go good with the veteran director as he raised a question how can senior person in the industry have compared a rank newcomer with him, inspite of knowing his achievement in the industry.
Vairamuthu’s comparison, however, served one purpose: it made Bharathiraja go and watch the film ‘Thenmerku…’. Bharathiraja, who is credited with having changed the ‘face’ of Tamil cinema in the seventies and eighties, was reportedly stunned that a debutant director could narrate a tale so efficiently without missing the nativity of the place.
Though Bharathiraja was convinced that Seenu Ramaswamy deserved praise of the highest order, he couldn’t digest Vairamuthu’s comparison and chose to skip the function, it is reported.