13 April 2006

A Tribute To Dr Rajkumar

Dear Tom,
Your comments are not justified.
First of all, personally he was a very good man. He was an example to the youth. His movies had a positive effect and carried messages. Although I do not vouch for the politics of fanaticism, I must point out your Ganesh Rao`s case is a classic *Reverse Bias* case.

His 3 sons acted not because of him but because of his wife who is a producer. Though other two sons are not very good actors, Shivraj Kumar is an actor in his own right. Watch Aum directed by Upendra, where he acted as a central character.

Rajkumar practiced Yoga everyday and very few know that he was a Yoga Master.He participated in Kannada Gokak Movement. He refused the post of a minister and refused to get into politics unlike MGR and NTR. Though his family members were not impressive he is known for infinite humility.

In the acting front, he was one of the remarkable figures in India. You must know the First National Award For Best Acting was conferred him in 1967 not to MGR or NTR! Number of Filmfare awards he received is only next to Kamalahasan(18). He got 10 Filmfare awards for best acting. He is probably only personality to get award of Best actor and Best Singer. He got the Best Singer National award. Dadasaheb Palke award the heighest award for contribution was given in 1996. Amitabacchan is yet to get get! His contribution to stage art is remarkable. He was from Gubbi Veeranna Nataka Company. The cosmopolitan culture or the south bashing attitude can in no way diminish his credibility. He was a man in his own right.

Many people do not know that he was awarded Kentucky Colonel Award (USA). The award conferred to people like Winston Churchill. The governor of the state of Kentucky flew to Bangalore to present the award. He was awarded the Padmaboshan by Gov of India. This link gives more details http://www.chitraranga.com/EN/RAJ/raj_milestones_film.asp

Every white dog has a block mark somewhere. Every public figure is criticised. But this was a case of a poor boy a dropout from the school. Mysore University confferred Doctrate upon him, rightfully. He was picked up from a bus stop while he was waiting for a bus, to act for Bedara Kannappa (Kannappa of Hunter Clan). His support for poor is also well known and as infamous is his wife’s Cinema Mafia. He was a good man. My sense of history and Mythology has been strengthened by his movies.

India lost a statesman with his demise. I am saddened by his death.
~r

Dr Rajkumar


Rajkumars Acting and Bismilla Khans Shanai..... what a combination. He is no more.

07 April 2006

Company Of Great Men.........

To show or to get attention is probably an instinct. It has come to be accepted that being identified great is an achievement. Just being good is not. This has pushed most of us in to what we do. Consciously or otherwise we do show off.

We see people walk holding cover of the book visible, probably to show that they read. Lying to portray us honest is another! May it be a latest mobile phone or a new ring tone, the news will reach the audience: our neighbors. Are we trying to build images? Are we trying to feel great? Or is it that most of us are not modest and do not believe that we are the beasts of same nature like every other!

The desire to show off is so intense that our entire attempt to keep ourselves modest fails sometimes. I myself have found it very hard to contain certain actions of mine that are so impulsive and instinct driven that they can not be controlled. They are so embarrassing that they can not be printed here!

Weaknesses are so easy to identify yet very hard to rectify. We seem to learn with every mistake, not but to make the mistake of another kind! I live with the belief that I am growing beyond those silly attitudes and whims that we make other to put up with. Yet when I am part of another behavior of the same kind, get disillusioned.

I have told myself often that errors have been an exception and that I have been good otherwise. I am what I want to be. So far that, lo I told myself the other day, I am the best creature that the nature never wanted to make but made it by mistake. Again that those errors were anomalies. In reality we are what we are. We are not we want to be. Very because (excuse me) we want to be that! What we say and do reflects not we are but again what we want to be. In effect we are a complex mixture of what we are and what we want to be!

Is it so hard to accept ourselves as we are? Yes indeed, that often is the case dear :). Our desire to be in the company of the great men and women we read in history unconsciously drives us. Some for good and some for bad.
~r

Company Of Great Men.....

Company Of Great Men.....
To show or to get attention is probably an instinct. It has come to be accepted that being identified great is an achivement. Just being good is not. This has pushed most of us in to what we do. Consiously or otherwise we do show off.

We see people walk holding cover of the book visible. Probably to show that they read. Lying to protray ouselves honest is another! May it be a latest mobile phone or a new ring tone,the news will reach the audience: our neighbours. Are we trying to build images? Are we trying to feel great? Or is it that most of us are not modest and do not belive that we are the beasts of same nature like every other!

The desire to show off is so intense that all our attempt to keep ourselves modest fails sometimes. I myself have found it very hard to contain certain actions of mine that are so impulsive and instict driven that they can not be controlled. They are so emberrasing that they can not be printed here!

Weeknesses are so easy to identify yet very hard to rectify. We seem to learn with every mistake, not but to make the mistake of another kind! I live with the belief that I am growing beyond those silly attitudes and whims, that we make other to put up with. Yet when I am part of another behavior of the same kind, get dissillusioned.

I have told myself often that errors have been an exception and that I have been good otherwise. I am what I want to be. So far that, lo I told myself the other day, I am the best creature that the nature never wanted to make but made it by mistake. Again that those errors were anomalies. In reality we are what we are. We are not we want to be. Very because (execuse me) we want to be that! What we say and do reflects not we are but again what we want to be. In effect we are a complex mixture of what we are and what we want to be!

Is it so hard to accept ourselves as we are? Yes indeed, that often is the case dear :). Our desire to be in the company of the great men and women we read in history unconsiously drives us. Some for good and some for bad.
~r