Book on legendary Sivaji released

Theodore Baskaran had written on the legends of Indian cinema. He had written six books on the Sivaji Ganesan, Mehboob Khan, Rauf Ahmed, P.C. Barua, Guru Dutt, Shammi Kapoor and Sohrab Modi.

The book was released by producer A.V.M. Saravanan and received by Sivaji Ganesan’s son Ramkumar and film director K. Bhagyaraj. Noted director Balu Mahendran received titles on Hindi cinema legends Mehboob Khan, Rauf Ahmed, P.C. Barua, Guru Dutt, Shammi Kapoor and Sohrab Modi. This function was held at Sathyam Theatres.

Speaking on this occasion Balu Mahendra said, “I was a great fan of Sivaji right from my young age. I used to see Sivaji films on the first day first show of its release. I used to tell the story of his films to my friends. When I was 14 years old Sivaji had come to Colombo. Our family was residing some 250 kms away from Colombo. I told my parents that I wanted to see Sivaji. But they did not permit me to see him. So without telling them I left. The function was held in Colombo in the evening. Sivaji walked stylishly and elegantly into the dais. I was seated 2 kms away from the dais. Sivaji started speaking and until he finished his speech I was lifting my hands folded. (Balu Mahendra became emotional at this point) I had gone to see Prabhu once in his house. Sivaji was coming down the stair case. I told him that I had come to see Prabhu. He jokingly told me that he is also an actor. My only regret is that I was not able direct Sivaji.”

Baskaran said, “The younger generations should know about legends like P.U. Chinnapa, Thygaraja Bhagavatar and the man who produced first Tamil film Nataraja Mudaliayar in 1916.I have written about Sivaji Ganesan, his acting and lifestyle so that young people know about him and consider him a role model.This book has been written in English because people in other countries are now closely watching Indian cinema. This will help them know about our cinema legends.”

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