120 Behindwoods visitors had one of their best days of 2011 when they got a rare opportunity to meet their screen idol, Ilaya Thalapathy Vijay, at an event organized at the Four Frames preview theatre. The excitement in the atmosphere was palpable right from 5.30 PM when the lucky winners arrived at the venue for the dream interaction. The buzz around the auditorium could not be missed and no prizes for guessing that all the talk was about Velayudham. In fact, the festive mood in the theatre befitted a Diwali celebration; after all Velayudham was Vijay’s very own cracker that set Diwali alight for the whole of Tamil Nadu.
Vijay arrive shortly past 6 p.m. dressed in cool T shirt and jeans with stylish shoes to match; he was in a very cheerful mood, obviously delighted at the reception that Velayudham was continuing to receive all over. Everyone present would have definitely realized that Vijay relies very little on make up for his on screen looks.
Unlike in his films, Vijay chose to make a very casual and nondescript entry into the auditorium, but the fans were going to have none of it as they exploded into wild cheers as he stepped in. It all took a while to settle down and it was time for the fans to speak to their on screen idol. Most of the fans said that they thoroughly enjoyed Velayudham and wanted to know more about his future projects. There was particular interest in the Vijay-AR Murugadoss project which is scheduled to begin shortly. There was also a quick quip or two on Yohaan, the Gautham Menon film that is set to begin in 2012.
One fan wanted Vijay to take up village based subjects like Paruthiveeran for the sole reason that this would bring Vijay to places like Theni and Madurai, the fan’s native place so that his numerous fans in those parts would get to see him. Another fan said that now that he had been doing entertainers for nearly 20 years, he would like to see Vijay do some award winning films. But, Vijay’s response was quick. He said that he was not interested in awards and wanted to be known as an entertainer. Another fan wanted to know the reason behind Vijay’s films always having the best dance numbers and hit songs. To this Vijay said that he did nothing special to make this happen, it is just that things fall in place each time and that he liked to let things happen.
There were many other questions by eager fans and Vijay answered each of them patiently. The aspect about Vijay that struck the fans most was the casual manner in which Vijay handled the entire event. There was never a moment when anyone felt that they were speaking to one of the biggest stars in Tamil Nadu. He answered all questions in typical Chennai lingo, addressing many of his fans as ‘Anna’, in a style that is very unique to him. He also sportingly agreed to a fan’s request to sing a couple of lines from the ‘Sonja puriyadhu’ song from Velayudham.
This was followed by a photo session where all the fans got themselves clicked with Ilaya Thalapathy; a moment they will cherish for a long time to come. Vijay patiently posed for all the cameras in a session that went on for more than 30 minutes.
Earlier, Vijay cut a huge cake to celebrate the event and the success of Velayudham. He was also garlanded and presented a sceptre to mark the winning mood of Velayudham; the fans went delirious with excitement during this. On his way out of the theatre, Vijay even obliged to quite a few autograph requests.
Everyone present thoroughly enjoyed the event, which, thanks to the wonderful interiors of the Four Frames Theater looked more like a personal interaction with the star, rather than being a glimpse from the crowd. The event was a big success mostly due to Vijay’s patient and frank answering of all questions. In short, everyone present was delighted and left with a glowing feeling of a Sunday evening spent in the best possible manner; the snapshots of the day being mementos of an unforgettable event.
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