Actors, directors and fans gathered to celebrate K.S. Ravikumar’s 25 years in the film industry

Thousands gathered at the Nehru Indoor stadium to watch 'Endrendrum Ravikumar', a grand celebration organised by Raj TV to celebrate director K.S. Ravikumar’s 25 years in cinema.

A considerable section of the film fraternity turned up to cheer Ravikumar who is known for consistently delivering hits. Most of them spoke about the filmmaker’s efficiency and professional work ethics.

R.B. Chaudary, who has produced several of Ravikumar’s movies including his first, praised his ability to always complete work on time. In an industry, where producer-director camaraderie is not very common, this was seen as a welcome gesture. The audience was treated to performances by actors Mahendran, Manisha, Ramya Nambeesan and Neetu Chandra. Music composer Deva performed ‘Meesai Kaara Nanba’ while his son, Srikanth Deva and composer duo Sabesh-Murali also performed. What wasn’t enjoyable though were the anchors distasteful comments, in the name of comedy, on some actresses.

Ravikumar’s many close associates graced the function. There was Sarathkumar, Kamal Haasan, Ramya Krishnan and Simran among others. Thanking the filmmaker for the phenomenal hit, Nattamai, Sarathkumar acknowledged the director’s support when he suffered a grievous injury that threatened to put an end to his career.

Rajinikanth through a video message expressed his desire to work with Ravikumar again.

The superstar said, “Whenever I do a film, I always discuss it with Ravikumar. It’s unfortunate that both Jaggu Bhai and Rana had to be dropped. I would like to do a film with him again.” Who could be trusted to lend a bit of a drama to the proceedings than filmmaker Cheran? Along with the other assistant directors who worked with Ravikumar, Cheran fell at the feet of his ‘guru’ in front of the large crowd.

Veteran filmmaker SP. Muthuraman urged young filmmakers to take Ravikumar as a role model. One couldn’t help feeling that the celebration appeared like a farewell function with Ravikumar himself saying that he is in the twilight of his career.

Actor Kamal Haasan intervened just in time to suggest that Ravikumar has everything that it takes to stay at the top for many more years. Fondly recalling how it would have been impossible to make a film such as Dasavatharam without him, the actor said, “Even after completing 50 years, I am thinking of continuing for another 25 years. Twenty five is just the beginning.”