Saturday, February 28, 2015

Homage to R.C Sakthi and A.Vincent.

    Tamil Film industry is consecutively bereaved of two eminent film personalities in Feb 2015.One is R,C,Sakthi,a remarkable film director of the Nineteen Seventies to Nineties and the other is A.Vincent  an illustrious Tamil cinematographer who has also been a cinematographer of several Telugu films as well and a couple of Hindi films like Dil Ek Mandhir and Nazrana.Vincent has also directed a lot of  Malayalam films including award winners like Aswametham andThulaabaaram .He has directed the Tamil version of Thulaabhaaram too.Both R.Sakthi and A.Vincent were fascinating creators in their own respect and their loss creates a feel of contemporary nostalgic effect, because of their outstanding and valued association,with many directors,actors and cameramen during their period besides making the audience brood over their quality and precision in creativity.
   R.C.Shakthi has made the two memorable movies of Kamalahasan and Rajinikanth,namely Unarchigal and Dharmayutham.{Incidentally it should be mentioned here that A.Vincent has direted a Malayalam film with the title Dharmayudham starring Prem Nazir} While Unarchigal discussed the physical and emotional side of man woman relationship,Dharmayudham was an emotional thriller with a revenge perspective and presented  the hero's psychic predicament in relation to the waxing and waning of the moon.With this movie Rajini was reborn as an action hero of ruggedness and charm.The movie is also remembered for the two wonderful songs rendered by late Malaysia Vasudevan,one a solo number 'Oru Thanga Radhathil' and the other a soothing duet with S.Janaki, 'Aahaaya Kangai'.
     Some of other great films of Sakthi are,'Manitharil Ithanai Nirangala' {another film with Kamala hasan}'Sirai' 'Santhosha Kanavugal','Mana Kanakku','Varam' and 'Koottu Puzhukkal'.Of these,Sirai was an extraordinary film dealing with the delicate theme of a married woman from an orthodox Hindu family, being spoilt by a thug and let down by her husband for this stigma, for which she was not at all responsible..The woman who chooses to live with the other man, accepts widowhood after he dies.Lakshmi who donned that difficult role gave her usual, subtle touches to that pitiable woman character and mad it a poignant portrayal. Rajesh who played the thug gave a neat performance and the film was highly spoken of,like the original short story of Anuradha Ramanan,on which the film was based.
     Sakthi has worked with differently talented heroes like Kamal, Rajini, Vijayakanth, Prabu,Rajesh and Raguvaran.During the course of nearly a dozen films R.C.Sakthi has obviously established a name for himself as a flawless filmmaker of neat skits and framer of amazing characters not just to appear on the screen for a brief spell, but to live longer in the minds of the audience, as extraordinary human beings.This is certainly a distinct victory point for a film maker  and this why Sakthi's death is disturbing to the creatively committed film makers and film lovers.
      A.Vincent who created great sensation for being the cinematographer for Sivaji Ganesan's blockbuster movie Uthama Puthiran,made success waves with C.V.Sridhar, by being his pet cinematographer for many of his great hits like Kalayana Parisu,Punar Jenmam,Kadhalikka Neramillai,Thein Ninalvu,Sumai Thaangi,Nenjil Oer Aalayam,Nenjm Marappadhillai Meenda Sorgam,and Policekaaran Magal.Sivaji Ganesan's box office hits like Vasantha Maaligai and Savaale Samaali and MGR's mega hit movie Enga Veettu Pillai owe their success story, also to the grandeur of cinematography, displayed by A.Vincent.
   Like K.Balaji who loved to work with Sivaji Ganesan,A.Vincent also preferred to be on the Chevalier's camp for about a dozen films.As a film director, he has created indelible impressions on the Malayalam film industry. by making many qualitative films in addition to the two films mentioned in the first paragraph of this article. Precision,appealing impact and neatness coupled with compactness in presentation, have remained as the permanent hallmarks of A.Vincent.The award winning Thulaabaram, remade in Tamil,with actors of conviction like A.V.M.Rajan, Muthuraman, Saradha and Kanchana, made the Tamil audience know him,as a film maker harping on the fundamentals of realism without pretension.As a cinematographer, it has been an endless saga of remarkable achievements for him, because, he had both the vision and  will to entertain, with all relevant and rewarding  yardsticks of transforming cinema,into an aesthetic experience.Both Sakhi and Vincent deserve a hearty salute from everyone interested in cinema.

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