Classics in regional languages on the big screen in the city

Diehard fans of M.G. Ramachandran recently got a chance to relive the experience of watching him fight injustice in the 1965-smash hit Aayirathil Oruvan.

The film was screened at Sathyam Cinemas as part of the classics film festival, kicked off by the representatives from South Indian Film Chamber and the Film Producers’ Council.

The event was a precursor to Indian cinema centenary celebrations, which will be held from September 21 to 24 in the city.

Fan fare

When word got out that Aayirathil Oruvan was to be screened, the cinema hall filled up instantly, giving us a glimpse of how it was to watch a MGR movie with his fans.

The whistling fans couldn’t hide their emotions as MGR screamed ‘vetri, vetri’ in the first minute of the film.

“I may have watched this movie a hundred times, but I wanted to watch it again,” said Mari, an MGR fan, who was mouthing the dialogues from the film.

Several South Indian popular classics, including Rickshaawkaaran, Adimai Penn, Maya Bazaar (starring NTR and Nageswara Rao), Bangaratha Manushya (starring Rajkumar), Chemmeen (Malayalam) and Oolavum Thuruvame are to be screened every morning till September 24 at Seasons, Sathyam Cinemas.

“I hope the public consider this celebration their own and show support in huge numbers,” said actor Devayani.

The festival provides viewers a rare opportunity to enjoy the good old, black-and-white and technicolour films on the big screen.