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Nagesh The Great

Posted by Sathyamurthy www.sathyamurthy.com on June 28, 2007

A felicitation to the very versatile comedy and charcter artiste of Tamil Cinema

Of versatility that’€™s timeless


The Kamaraj Hall, Chennai, reverberated with the adulation and respect actor Nagesh commands.

Photo: M.Karunakaran

Recognition for an actor nonpareil: At the function in honour of Nagesh.

Doyens decorated the dais at Kamaraj Hall on the evening of Sunday last. The occasion -€” a celebration in honour of the inimitable comedian, hero and character actor, Nagesh! With M.S.Viswanathan helming the proceedings, the event was graced by Kamal Haasan, Cho, lyricist Vaali, P.B.Sreenivos, directors €˜Chitralaya€™ Gopu, K. Balachander, Mrs. YGP, C.V.Rajendran and Vasanth -€” all ardent fans of the actor whose versatility transcends time! The light music troupe, Ganesh Kripa, presented a host of rare melodies filmed on Nagesh, on the occasion organised by Abbas/Sri Guru Kripa. ARS, the emcee, in typical style recalled interesting details about Nagesh in his prime.

It was a mutual admiration society of sorts on stage, because each was an achiever in his own right. While everyone extolled the potential of Nagesh, he on his part revealed his fascination for Kamal Haasan’s multi-faceted cinema skills. “I can never forget K. Balaji who fed me for three years and did his utmost to get me a break, he began. €˜Chitralaya€™ Gopu recalled the skinny young man, who had accompanied actor Balaji to meet director Sridhar. Soon €˜Nenjil Or Aalayam€™ happened. €˜All that€™s fine. But why am I not able to go beyond the Rs. 501 advance? Like the 501 detergent soap bar, I’m stuck with the number,€™ he would tell me. I’€™d reply that his time would come. It did and how! Gopu remarked. Because, as Vaali pointed out, there came a time when Nagesh was working round-the-clock and even MGR and Sivaji Ganesan had to wait for his dates, as distributors insisted that Nagesh was an indispensable value-addition to the projects. €œThe only picture you can find in Kamal’s room is that of himself with Nagesh. He reveres him so,€ Vaali, who had shared a room with Nagesh in their struggling days, observed.

Witty responses

€œTrue,€ said Kamal. €œI watch his films seriously. I’€™m so much in awe that I forget to laugh. Such is my admiration. It’s not jealousy — only complete surrender to this great talent. €˜Crazy Mohan, a few other friends and I celebrate Nagesh almost every day at my office. In fact we go on about €˜Chitralaya Gopu’€™s sense of humour too. Hindi film actor Mehmood once told me, he considers Nagesh his guru, whereas Amitabh gave Mehmood a similar status. So you see where the root actually is? he smiled.

€œNagesh stands as a lucid example of the fact that those who follow my advice can never make a mark in life, were Cho’€™s characteristic words. €œWhen he wanted to quit his job in the Railways and strive to get into cinema full time, I told him it was a risky move. But how judicious it turned out to be!

You may cry yourself hoarse, but greatness in this part of the country continues to remain mostly unrecognised. That the Padma Sri eludes extraordinary talents such as Nagesh, is a gross omission. But none who can redress matters seems to be concerned. Balachander, who helped Nagesh traverse histrionic domains far beyond the comedy roles he played, said the wrong should be righted. Yet why give it so much importance? The man has carved a formidable niche for himself as one who has regaled filmgoers with his perfect sense of timing in dialogue, and his superb portrayal of a wide spectrum of characters. The huge gathering at the hall exemplified it enough. Now the thespian has reached a stage where laurels from quarters without are absolutely immaterial!

€œThis will be an unforgettable day in my life,€ concluded a moved Nagesh. The evening will remain evergreen in our minds too!



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Nothing dirty about it

Posted by Sathyamurthy www.sathyamurthy.com on June 27, 2007

The Smiths were unable to conceive children and decided to use a surrogate father to start their family.

On the day the proxy father was to arrive, Mr. Smith kissed his wife goodbye and said, “Well, I’m off now. The man should be here soon.”

Half an hour later, just by chance, a door-to-door baby photographer happened to ring the doorbell, hoping to make a sale.

“Good morning, Ma’am”, he said, “I’ve come to…”

“Oh, no need to explain,” Mrs. Smith cut in, embarrassed, “I’ve been expecting you.”

“Have you really?” said the photographer.

“Well, that’s good. Did you know babies are my specialty?”

“Well that’s what my husband and I had hoped. Please come in and have a seat”

After a moment she asked, blushing, “Well, where do we start?”

“Leave everything to me. I usually try two in the bathtub, one on the couch, and perhaps a couple on the bed. And sometimes the living room floor is fun. You can really spread out there.”

“Bathtub, living room floor? No wonder it didn’t work out for Harry and me!”

“Well, Ma’am, none of us can guarantee a good one every time. But if we try several different positions and I shoot from six or seven angles, I’m sure you’ll be pleased with the results.”

“My, that’s a lot!”, gasped Mrs. Smith.

“Ma’am, in my line of work a man has to take his time. I’d love to be in and out in five minutes, but I’m sure you’d be disappointed with that.”

“Don’t I know it,” said Mrs. Smith quietly.

The photographer opened his briefcase and pulled out a portfolio of his baby pictures. “This was done on the top of a bus,” he said.

“Oh, my God!” Mrs. Smith exclaimed, grasping at her throat.

“And these twins turned out exceptionally well – when you consider their mother was so difficult to work with.”

“She was difficult?” asked Mrs. Smith.

“Yes, I’m afraid so. I finally had to take her to the park to get the job done right. People were crowding around four and five deep to get a good look”

“Four and five deep?” said Mrs. Smith, her eyes wide with amazement.

“Yes”, the photographer replied. “And for more than three hours, too. The mother was constantly squealing and yelling – I could hardly concentrate, and when darkness approached I had to rush my shots. Finally, when the squirrels began nibbling on my equipment, I just had to pack it all in.”

Mrs. Smith leaned forward. “Do you mean they actually chewed on your, uh… equipment?”

“It’s true, Ma’am, yes.. Well, if you’re ready, I’ll set-up my tripod and we can get to work right away.”


“Oh yes, Ma’am. I need to use a tripod to rest my Canon on. It’s much too big to be held in the hand very long.”

Mrs. Smith fainted!!

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Change the world

Posted by Sathyamurthy www.sathyamurthy.com on June 26, 2007

Allow honest answers!

You are in a job interview.  The interviewer is asking the below typical questions and if you were honest, you would be giving the answers as given below.  Doesn’t the interview system that doesn’€™t allow you to give honest answers suck? 

1. Why did you apply for this job?

I have applied for many jobs along with this and you called me now. 

2. Why do you want to work for this company?

I have to work for some company who ever gives me a job, I don’t have any specific company in mind.

3. Why should I hire you?

You have to hire some one, you may give me a try. 

4. What would you do if this happened? 

Well, it depends my mindset and mood at that situation…

5. What is your biggest strength?

Basically, daring to join any company who pays me well, without thinking of the fate of company

6. What is your biggest weakness?


7. What was your worst mistake, and how did you learn from it?

Joining my earlier company and learnt that I need to jump to get more money, so I am here today 

8. What accomplishments in your last position are you most proud of?

Had I accomplished any in my last position, why do I need to change my job? I could demand more and stay there. 

9. Describe a challenge you faced and how you overcame it? 

Biggest challenge is answering the question “why are you looking for a change” and I started blabbering irrelevantly to overcome that.

10. Why did you leave/ are you leaving your last job?

For the same reason why you left your earlier job

11. What do you want from this job?

If no work is given but keep giving good hikes

12. What are your career goals and how do you plan to achieve them? 

Make more money and for that keep jumping companies for every 2 yrs

13. Did you hear of our company and what do you know of us?

Yeah, I know that you will ask this, I’ve gone through your website

14. What is the salary expected and how do justify that?

Well, no one will change job for the same salary, hence, give me 20% extra than what I am getting and that is unpublished industry standard (I know you will bargain on what ever I ask, hence, I have already hiked my current salary by 30%)

Have you seen my other blog?

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