As if straight out of a commercial pot-boiler, a strange but happy incident has taken place recently. Readers might recall that director Balaji Sakthivel’s latest directorial venture Vazhakku Enn 18/9 (VE) had released in May this year. The Film has helped a Parent locate their lost son.
Anbu, who is a mentally challenged boy, got separated from his parents (hailing from Tirupur) when they visited Chennai a few years back. Anbu was wandering in the streets when the city police rescued him and got him admitted to the Home for Destitutes in Chennai and since then has been studying at Egmore’s Balavihar. Anbu’s parents, who searched frantically for Anbu, returned to Tirupur disappointed and distraught.
Balaji Sakthivel had made Anbu star in Vazhakku Enn 18/9 as the neighbour of the heroine. When the film was broadcast on Vijay TV on Vinayaka Chaturthi day, Anbu’s parents watched the film and identified Anbu and were pleasantly surprised. They took the next bus to Chennai and got in touch with the director, who led them to Egmore bala Vikar, where they presented evidence that Anbu was their son and took him back home to Tirupur after thanking the director for ‘returning’ their son to them.
Incidentally enough, Anbu got separated from his parents on a Vinayaka Chaturthi Day and it was the same festival which restored him back to the custody of his parents.
Balaji said he felt extremely happy. “I felt like I had won an Oscar for one of my films; there couldn’t be a better sight than the relief on the parents’ face when they got their son back,” he opined.