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Celebrities celebrate Sivaji Ganesan’s sterling qualities

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Book series ‘The Legends of Indian Cinema’ launched

— Photo: R.Ravindran

IN LOVE OF ICONS: Producer AVM Saravanan releasing ‘The Legends of Indian Cinema’ in Chennai on Monday. (From right) Author of the book Theodore Baskaran, editor of the book series Aruna Vasudev, directors Balu Mahendra and K.Bhagyaraj, and producer Ramkumar are in the picture.

CHENNAI: Memories of punctuality, resonant voice and dedication of thespian Sivaji Ganesan were evoked on Monday at the launch of book series ‘The Legends of Indian Cinema.’

Published by Wisdom Tree, the series of six books on doyens of Indian Cinema — Sivaji Ganesan, Guru Dutt, Mehboob Khan, P. C. Barua, Shammi Kapoor and Sohrab Modi — were released at Sathyam Cinemas with a special emphasis on Sivaji Ganesan.

Producer A. V. M. Saravanan released the book on Sivaji Ganesan and director K. Bhagyaraj and producer Ramkumar received the copies. Director Balu Mahendra received the first copy of the other five books.

Mr.Balu Mahendra spoke about his adoration for the matinee idol of Tamil cinema right from his school days and said Sivaji Ganesan was a source of inspiration to all film-makers.

He also offered to publish the Tamil version of the book.

While Mr.Saravanan shared his working experience with the legendary actor, Mr. Bhagyaraj created ripples of laughter among the audience by narrating a few incidents during the shooting of ‘Thavani Kanavugal’ with the veteran actor. Sivaji Ganesan was an epitome of punctuality and dedication, Mr. Bhagyaraj said.

Mr.Ramkumar remarked that the book and its launch perpetuated memories of his father Sivaji Ganesan.

Film historian Theodore Baskaran who authored the book said cinema formed an important segment in the history of people’s culture. But, it is often neglected. He said that titles of classic Tamil films must not be renamed to the new ones as it would create confusion among the future generation.

Mr.Baskaran pointed out that there were no departments allocated for film study in colleges or a separate section for film DVDs in college libraries.

The book was an attempt to spread awareness of the icon of south Indian cinema to global audience and future generation.

Series Editor Aruna Vasudev said cinema was a form of culture that gave an insight into social history of the country.

The book series would provide an introduction to the younger generation about the Indian cinema.

Publisher of Wisdom Tree Shobit Arya and proprietor of Movie Farm Yuhi Sethu participated.

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