“TESTED BY FIRE;WILL NOT WITHER IN THE SUN”
Wednesday, November 12, 2008 3:10:01 AM
Every travel and every oasis have been predestined by the timeless “Brighu Samhida”.
On else how can we explain the sad plight of the sixteen year old Thenappan humiliated by eviction driven by the sinciere urge to feed the family ,armed with an S.S.L.C. book,who left perumbhaavoor(a place in kerala.south India) to madras in search of a promised class4 job.
Unable to get the promised job ,working in the garages and workshops and mangalore estate and hear and there .Thenappan did not imagine in the wildest dream that he will be a film producer.
Suffering the indifference and rebukes and the resultant pangs of hunger what made him to go on in the world might have been the faces of loved ones in perumbhaavoor ,who have been driven to the street by fate.
Life taught mr,thenappan son of palaniyappa chetiyaar and saraswathy that subservience humiliation were same time synonymes for slavery.
The hard learned lessons created the numero uno producer of tamil film industry ,mr.P.L.Thenappan of Sree Rajalakshmi films.
Time &Tidebetray them selfs in thenappan’s folder.It will require new gadjets to messure the distance from the “C” class quaerters of 1st mile alpaara houesing colony to the palatial residence “Aviranth”in the heart of Chennai city.
Gadgets which can messure the toil and sweat of a hard working person ! Thedistance is litterd many sears and wounds which life inflicted on him.
The film making trail started in with 1989 “KATHALAA,KAATHALAA”starring the ever versatile Kamalahaasan and is still continuing with 12 mega hitsunder his belt.
Thenappan rememberence with gratitude that the moulding of personality and definity the values of life were very much influenced by the dominating
Precence of kamalahaasan .Kamal who with his immaculate behaviour and humanity inculeated same sterling qualities in his friend too.
Kamal ,the philosopher might have noticed the personality of thenappan right from the sets of “kaathala..kaathalaa”.The “I Know-nothing”attitude producer might have been the turning point .Holding thenappan near to his heart in the rajkamal inter vision.Kamal,the mentor teaches the current and under current of film industry .Thenappan might have been the few,who have under stood the philosopher in kamal ,whom the world adore for his histrionic talents.
The lesson imbibed from kamal were put to great use by thenappan in his real life and success followed suit.
“Give him thebait,but never the fish”the cateh word of kamal’s philosophy one of the becon light of rajlakshmi films.
A few gems of wisdom can be mined out if we converse with thenappan .He has the basic guts to ignore the so called accepted values of society ,which classifies action a good and bad based on the result,but not before the action themselves.He has the foresight to accertain that the real barriers to a person talents are his preconcined notions and the unnecessary taboos of society.
Thenappan had been a part of kamal’s major projects from ‘Kathalaa..kaathalaa,puriythe puthir,thevar mahan,awai shn mukhi,to have a few.Reader can fathom the heart to heart relationship that the actor,has with the producer if he skims through the 696th part of the memories of kamalahaasan ‘s published in “Dhina thanthi “daily of 21/07/08.
With no real mentor to from thefuture haunted by the chain of failures indifference and the resulting mentel confict and the ensuing inferiority complex.It akmals majic finguers with the rare in sight of phsycologist which brought thenappan to face life with a smile.
Contrary to the famous quotation “Inside every man there is a poet ,who died young “,Thenappan had the grit to keep alive poetic soul in him alive thanks to the majical touch of kamal.These blessing the producer acknowledged with out mineing words.This awareness is well illuminated in the film “vallavan”,which shatterd all box office records in tamilnadu.
The life of thenappan who was able to nurture the flowers of spring in the burning cobbled path of cine industry by his sincierity,humbelness and devotion is today a blessed person ,on the 39 th birthday.The achievements is envious by all standards.Production manager of 40add films including megahits,more than a dozon megahits including Vallavan,diwaan.under the own banner,the copyright of more than forty malayalm movies.A member of tamilnadu producers council for years ,he had visited all most all countries, He was a member of the film delegate to allent the 2008 cann film festivel.
“DWARAI”(the common man) is being well recived by tamil nadu and keralais thenappan’slatest project.
“VINI,VICI,VIDI,”this greek comment gets a new dimension here,out defining every In which ever nook and corner of the world,Thenappan may be Chennai is his weakness.Perhaps the expression of gratirude of person who came helpless and with an emptystomach but was rewarded with every thing a person expected.
definition ,un equalizing all the equations.Smiling up ,this is an apt profile of mr.Thenappan