They are the legendary trio and without doubt, can be identified as the three vertices of the triangle of Tamil films in the past three decades. Superstar Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan and Sridevi are the trio we are talking about here. Since the mid-seventies, the impact they have had on Tamil films in particular and Indian films in general is simply mind-boggline, to say the least.
Sridevi has acted opposite Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan in a many movies and was felt by movie-buffs as the heroine ‘most suitable’ both to Rajini and Kamal in the late seventies till the mid-eighties. She then moved to Bollywood where she remained on top for close to one-and-a-half decades till she married film-maker Boney Kapoor and called it quits. She now attempts a comeback with a film titled English Vinglish which is to release soon.
The film is co-produced by Bollywood’s R. Balki and has been directed by Gauri Shinde, the debutant director married to Balki. Sridevi plays an NRI housewife who is forced to learn to speak English the typical ‘English’ way. The film’s shoot was recently wrapped up. It has Amitabh playing the guest role in the Hindi version and for the Tamil and Telugu versions, Kollywood’s Ajith appears in Amitabh’s shoes.
The film’s trailer was released in Chennai a couple of days back. Sridevi, looking as glamourous as ever, took part in the trailer release at the PVR complex in Chennai. She was mobbed by presspersons and spoke freely. “I had been away from films in orde to bring up my children. Now that they’ve grown up, I’m back in films. I’m happy to have worked with Rajini and Kamal in the past. If the situation so demands, I’m ready to act with them again.
“Their longevity at the top as leading heroes is nothing but the effect of the years of hard-work put in by them,” she added. Balki, a huge fan of Maestro Ilaiyaraaja, said that he would have signed up the Maestro had it been directed by him. “My wife hails from a different backdrop and as such, I didn’t want to influence her in any manner,” he said.