Saturday, 1 March 2008

Farewell to Sujatha

Thanks to GD for selecting me in the audition, i had the opportunity to act in two plays penned by Sujatha. One was Kadavul Vanthirunthar and the other was Adimaigal. I played Seenu Maama in the former and the eldest brother of the family in the latter. Obviously, having the lead role in both the plays, i had the chance to deliver some of the best dialogues written by Sujatha. The monologue rendered by seenu maama in the climax of Kadavul Vanthirunthar is one of the best.

My knowledge on Sujatha's works were very minimal till i acted in these but i was completely engrossed in the dialogues of these two plays that i started buying a lot of Sujatha's works after that. Though i enjoyed reading all his books, my favourites were ஆ!!! and கற்றதும் பெற்றதும் . ஆ!!! is a story about auditory hallucinations and how a young computer engineer succumbs to that.

கற்றதும் பெற்றதும் talks about interesting events that happened in Sujatha's life particularly in Srirangam and apart from that a lot of other things like how voting system works in America, his experiences with aeroplanes, modern tamil litreature etc.

At a time when we are mourning the loss of one of the most talented and multi-faceted personalities in India, i would like to mention here some of his writings that i have enjoyed.

1. The explanation about Black Money by Rajini in Sivaji(No one could have explained this as simple as what Sujatha did)

2. Madhavan's speech in Srilankan Tamil Sangam(Kannathil Muthamittal)

3. Dialogues in Aayutha Ezhuthu especially between Siddarth-Trisha and Surya-Bharatiraja

4. About Split Personality, Garuda Puranam in Anniyan

5. Details about holography in the teleserial Kolayuthir Kaalam.

6. Dialogues in Indian especially between Kamal-Nizhalgal Ravi on bribery, between Nedumudi Venu and Kamal

One of the main reasons why Sujatha was successful was because generation gap never affected him. Incidentally, Sujatha and Kavignar Vaali are similar in this regard apart from the fact that they were both from Srirangam and Vaali's original name was Rangarajan. I don't know how many writers can enjoy this privilige of creating works that will be read by people of different ages.

As sujatha once said, "People don't die, they continue to live in memories and genes". Yes sir, even after 1000 years from now your name will definitely continue to be around.


Gokul said...

All I can say is, vasu, you are really lucky to act in one of the sujatha's drama.

Yes,some of his film dialogues are good, but we can remember sujatha apart from his film dialogues also.


Sekar - 3-aavadhu adimai said...

Hello Sundaram anna (Ref: Vasu from ddimaigaL. I was just randomly browsing about Sujatha's works and ended up reading this through Google. Good work. Every single dialogue/monologue from adimaigaL are still fresh in my memories, even after 3 years (3 years and 3 days to be precise). How's life by the way?