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