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Gemini's big day


Kiran and Vikram

KAMAL RUSHED from Pollachi by the afternoon flight to Chennai on Friday. Veteran filmmaker D.R ama Naidu came down to the city as well. Also to land up was thespian Gemini Ganesan. And everyone associated with the huge joint family turned up. It was `homecoming' after all.

The joint family is AVM Productions, of course. The `homecoming' was the function to celebrate 125 days of `Gemini'. M. Saravanan, in his welcome address, referred to Kamal Hasan as `Enga Veetu Pillai' (our beloved boy) as he went on to thank every person associated with the success of the comeback film.

Kamal was only emotionally choked at the reference. "This house has been my address. I am happy and proud to have been born here. I always get nostalgic as I set foot into AVM studios. I remember those days of growing up at AVM more than the days I spent in school," he said. "Me coming here from Pollachi today is only natural. In fact, you should be angry if I hadn't come. After all, this was the place that housed me when I first came from Paramakudi."

Kamal also mentioned how he spotted Vikram's talent watching rushes of `Meera' about a decade ago. It was no surprise that Vikram had finally made it, he said.

D. Rama Naidu, who presided over the function, echoed similar sentiments recalling his association with the production giant over the years. "The story of a rowdy sheeter turning into a good man is a good theme. And we have just completed shooting the Telugu version of `Gemini' with Venkatesh," he said.

Abhirami Ramanathan, during his turn to speak, appealed to AVM to make more than a film a year. The heroine Kiran thanked God. "I'm so grateful to God that he's given me an opportunity to work for a banner like AVM," she said.

The others from the team — music director Bharadwaj, `O Podu' Rani, Manorama, Murali, Kalabhavan Mani, Vairamuthu all were happy and proud to be associated with the success of the project.

While Kalabhavan Mani grabbed the opportunity to entertain the audience with his mimicry acts, lyricist-poet Vairamuthu held the audience captive with his wit and eloquence.

Vikram was all praise for Mani once again and the admiration was only mutual. The brain behind `Gemini', director Saran was among the last to speak. The quiet shy director's role might have been underplayed during the function but as he summed it up himself: "The success belonged not only to AVM, but to every distributor, every mediator, every exhibitor, every technician, every actor and every single person from the audience."

By Sudhish Kamath

Photo: R. Ragu

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