Damp Diwali for Tamil cinema, Ajith starrer lone 'sparkler'

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Chennai, Oct 27 (UNI) The two big super stars of Tamil cinema- Rajnikant-having drawn blank with his last release and Kamal Haasan, recovering from mixed response to his ten role venture, have moved on to their next ventures and are out of the way. But the younger superstars have failed to come up with any prospective block buster this Diwali.

Kollywood is, as a result, experiencing perhaps its dampest Deepavali ever since Tamil cinema has been celebrating the festival of lights with new releases on this auspicious day since October 31, 1931. 'Kalidas', about one of the legendary, ancient poets of India was the first film to have been released on Deepavali day, it may be recalled.

What's more, the fourth popular hero of this generation along with 'Ilaya Dalapathi' Vijay, Surya and Vikram, Ajith's lone flick this Deepavali ''Aegan'', going by the initial industry reports, may not turn out to be a block buster as anticipated. However, Ajith has hogged the limelight with 'Aegan' being the 49th film of his career, with a comedy cum action saga, based on a Hindi hit. Ajith is hoping that his huge sense of comedy would carry the film through to success and make it a hat-trick of hits for him. The film, however, is directed by a debutant Director Raju Sundaram, hirtherto a choreographer.

The release of talented Surya's 'Varanam Aiyram' directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon, tapping the former's acting talent again and produced by Aascar Ravichandran who produced Kamal's ambitious 'Dasaavataram', has been postponed to November due to lack of theatres, according to industry sources.

By way of star value, there is only one another release 'Seval' which stars Bharath and one of the many Hindi women in Kollywood Poonam Bajwa. It is directed by Hari as a love story set in a village with many twists and turns as the brochures say. Both Ajith's 'Aegan' and Bharath's 'Seval' are banking on their music directors Harris Jayaraj already a big name and the prodigy G V Prakash Kumar, who has been making waves with his melodic notes in a couple of films.

But what has really dampened the Deepavali in Kollywood this year is the fact that the industry is not celebrating the occasion in solidarity with the alleged sufferings of Tamil people in the strife torn Sri Lanaka. They are demanding the release of two of its Directors Ameer and Seeman arrested on charge of sedition for speaking in favour of the banned militant outfit LTTE at a rally organised by the industry at Rameswaram on October 18.


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