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DIRECTORIAL IDIOSYNCRASIES!
By Arun
There are things that we like to do; almost superstitions that make us feel comfortable. The refined term for this is idiosyncrasy; really an excuse for superstition. While the day to day idiosyncrasies that we have, go unnoticed, the ones that celebrities follow faithfully are always magnified under the lens of the media. That is how Steve Waugh’s obsession with the red handkerchief or his refusal to change the baggy green for over 150 tests became famous. Now, let us look at some of the famous idiosyncrasies that our directors follow in their cinema.

It is funny to note that it is the most dynamic of directors who seem to have more of these than
 
their other contemporaries. Perhaps, it is only the dynamic directors’ films that are good enough to hold our attention and thus draw our notice towards those small elements that repeat themselves in every film of theirs. Take for instance Gautham Menon or KS Ravikumar. Now, their signature habit is famous; to make a cameo appearance in (almost) every film that they make. Now, we wonder what role Gautham would be donning for Nadunisi Naaygal. Their roles are so small, sometimes just passing faces in front of the camera, that their presence or otherwise (in front of the camera) would make no difference to the film on the whole. But, they faithfully continue to earmark a miniscule space for themselves in every film.

Or think about Radha Mohan. He does not have an idiosyncrasy. But, he does have a team of actors whom he keeps involving in his films; at least his last three. The set of actors are not the top in tinsel town (except Prakash Raj), but Radha Mohan always gets the best out of this team and comes up with winners. His penchant for including Kumaravel in some way or the other is pretty evident, so are MS Bhaskar, Brahmanandam, Thalaivasal Vijay etc. Of course, there are other directors who prefer a particular set of actors more than others; think Mithran Jawahar’s three time consecutive associations with Dhanush and also Venkat Prabhu’s permanent fixtures of Premgi and Jai.

However, the idiosyncrasy that is the flavor of the month is definitely Mysskin and the yellow saree item number; that is making its third appearance in his four film old career; Nandhalala being the exception. Other notable ones are the Rajinikanth-Snake sentiment that has been immortalized by Endhiran; the affinity towards darkness that is now becoming a trend amongst many directors, for which Yudham Sei is a good example.

Of course, idiosyncrasies are not to be taken seriously. They just make people feel comfortable and when it happens in cinema, it is fun to notice. But, the fun remains only as long as the movies being made are interesting.
Tags : Nadunissi Naaygal, Gautham Menon, Mysskin, Mithran Jawahar, Radha Mohan, KS Ravikumar
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