Monthly Archives: July 2016

Superstar

The Superstar FDFS Phenomenon

Well, Chennai saw the extravagant opening for Thalaivar’s Magnum Opus Kabali and how could we miss that celebration!

Bus conductor and stage artist Shivaji Rao from Karnataka to World Superstar Rajnikanth. This happened when the stage actor decided to take up the Film School in Madras looking for a career in the Film Industry.

The வந்தாரை வாழவைக்கும் சென்னை ,  accepted this man like everyone else but took him to a whole new level. His sophisticated acting style and his mere stage presence is more than enough to create the mass quotient.

After his initial Kollywood stints gave a positive outcome in Tamilnadu, he decides to continue further and took Chennai his home.  With a unique style and body language in every movie, he gets into the heart of billions of people all over the world and his style gets soaked in the blood of his fabulous fan base. Every Rajnikanth’s movie is a New Year’s Eve or Diwali Gala with Chennai being the main hub of these events.  At 65 years his hard work and dedication has brought him to this stage.

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Why the other heroes from India or even from Tamilnadu doesn’t get this attention ?

Because, He is Thalaivar, and there is more to it. He is known for his astounding thoughts on philosophy, spirituality and his simple nature. Being a multimillionaire, his life behind the camera is something that made the people love him unconditionally. The slim bald man whose simple smile is enough to create a pandemonium and fiery tornadoes across.

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Chennai has the habit of treating the best people with huge respect and honors. Be it a film star or a sportsperson or a music composer, we celebrate them to the skies.

If Chepauk is the Lion’s Den, then Albert is our Thalaivar’s Throne.

Every Rajnikanth’s movie release is celebrated like a festival in this 1200 capacity auditorium. With the developing multiplex world in the city, single and double screen theatres like these in Chennai is where the city’s youth population divulge to blowout the Mass Mantra. Life Size cutouts, huge banners, milk abhishekams, crazy face and body paintings , Super star T Shirts, social service events, fireworks and celebrations go well in place.

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It’s not common for people from neighboring states or even countries to visit Chennai just for the sake of watching a Thalaivar movie first day, first show.  It’s only at Chennai where one can feel the effect of Rajnikanth and sense the joy and pulse along with thousands of hardcore followers. Awake at 2.30 AM on 22nd July I browse my Facebook wall to see check-ins and images of celebrations at the theatres. Celebrated Malayalam Actor Jayaram, Director Ranjith, Music Director Santosh Narayan appear at Kasi Theatre in the wee hours to join the FDFS celebration and enjoy the movie the way it should be.

If one man can make the city to be active by 2.30AM, make them dance to beats, shout loud to hell and burst out of emotions, he is in the right place in his life where success is just a small thing. He has won the hearts of millions just by his walk and smile !

Ending with this, Rajnikanth is a word. Thalaivar is an Emotion!

Triplicane

Triplicane Addiction – Madras, Tamilnadu

Niranjani, a street photographer, recently explored Triplicane, one of the oldest localities in Chennai. Triplicane still carries the flavour of ‘Madras’ in its narrow, bustling lanes, old buildings and cultural richness. Triplicane is one of the few areas where cows casually amble alongside humans in the congested streets. Read on, to explore this fascinating locality through Niranjani’s lens.

In Niranjani’s own words…

“I was walking alongside a cow. We were surrounded by two-wheelers, autos and two buses wedged in a road that was just wide enough to accommodate them. It was a typical Triplicane traffic jam.

My soul mate was nestled in my arms, waiting for a gap in the traffic jam, through which he could escape into the narrow lanes of Triplicane and capture excited young faces, vibrant houses, roadside idli sellers and families enjoying a breezy evening on their front porch. Yes, my soul mate is none other than my camera, and here are some unforgettable sights that Triplicane has to offer.”

All the pictures in this post are copyrighted to Niranjani R . Their reproduction, even in part, is forbidden without the explicit approval.

Doctors

National Doctor’s Day – A Tribute to the Doctors of Madras

Doctors. The living God figure for all life on earth. A Doctor is the one who heals even the worst of health ailments and brings back the life and secures it to earth.
 In fiction, “Super heroes wear masks and capes”. In reality “Super heroes wear Masks and White Coats”.
With Chennai as the Medical Hub of Asia, how can we not  miss our doctors who took our city to this level. Ranging from a minor injury to world class transplant surgeries our doctors have mastered it in accomplishing them with flying colors.  Chennai housed India’s first hospital during the British Raj at Fort St George and this one later moved to broadway which stands as Rajiv Gandhi Govt General Hospital. Not only from India, patients from middle east countries, Afghanistan, Istanbul, Pakistan, Singapore, Indonesia and China visit Chennai for medical treatments.
Chennai has doctors in varied specialisations and each of them focus on a positive result and are dedicated to their white coats. With the medical field expanding to extreme limits our doctors have made sure that anything is possible in this little city. Specialised hospitals in ortho, heart and fertility treatments have scaled to unimaginable levels by achieving the impossible.
Padma Bhushan Dr Muthulakshmi Reddy, the first women to be inducted to Madras Medical College in 1907 later to become the first female doctor in India and the first female surgeon at Government Maternity and Ophthalmic Hospital. Not only she struggled for India’s Independence, she also took women’s right and social activism as secondary wings and flew high. She is the founder of Cancer Institute in Chennai  which currently provides treatment for approximately 1lakhs cancer patients a year, from every corner of the world.
Dr V.Shanta has been serving at the Cancer Institute since 1955. After she took over the lead position this Institute has received excellent accolades. This is India’s first medical center to be rated by World Health Organization as India’s top rated institutes. She has made sure that free cancer treatment is provided for the underprivileged and this nearly accounts to 60% of the annual treatment records. She has received India’s second highest civilian award Padma Vibhushan for her service in the field of cancer research and development. She is also the proud recipient of Ramon Magsaysay Award from the Philippines and also a advisory member at World Health Organisation(WHO).
Padma Bhushan Dr Girinath – cardio thoracic Surgeon from Apollo, Dr K.M Cherian- Heart specialist, Dr. Kamaraj – fertility specialist, Dr. T.S.Surendran – Sankara Nethralaya are just a few from among the thousands of doctors in Chennai who serve with dedication and strive for a healthy living atmosphere.
According to city doctor, Dr. Roopa, “The harassments and threats from patients and caretakers are also raising, sometimes it gets too much from doctors getting beaten up or even to an extent of murder. Besides all these doctors continue to do their duty acknowledging all the outcomes to be faced taking sole responsibility.”
Also in today’s urban life, corporate clinics have emerged in large number. Dental,skin care and ophthalmology centres run as a business entity with extravagant ads, posh office locations and function considering patients as customers. They run with a money making motive and do not provide the opportunity for dedicated doctors whose main focus is to serve the people.
On National Doctor’s day let us treat our real life superheroes with respect and dignity for we are not born today and living happily, if weren’t for them.
Photo courtesy – Focal Frames Photography