It now turns out that Maestro Ilaiyaraaja had rightly predicted that the Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai would be critically appreciated and that Appukkuty, the lead actor in the film, would also come in for appreciation for his performance in the film. Incidentally, the film had music by the Maestro. More than six months after the Maestro made the above prediction, it has become a reality now.
Maestro’s prophecy comes true
Appukkutty played the lead role in Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai directed by Suseendhiran and has won the national award for ‘best supporting actor’ for his role in the film. Though the film (which released last year) wasn’t a commercial success, the film and in particular Appukkutty’s portrayal of his character came in for widespread appreciation from the print and television media.
Appukkutty and the horse did manage to strike a chord or two in the minds of the viewers who watched the film. Appukkutty’s joy appears to be over-flowing now with the national-level recognition he has got. At the film’s audio launch held last year, Isaignani had perfectly predicted that the film as well as Appukkutty’s acting in the film would be appreciated by the movie-goers and at other fora.
“The welcome Appukutty got when he appeared on-screen was mind-blowing; It was almost a reception meant for the likes of Rajinikanth. However, Appukkutty can’t become Rajini and vice-versa. I’m sure Apukkutty would be going places in Kolllywood,” was the Maestro’s prediction which has become a reality today.