The incredible Rajinikanth – the living legend on his own, known for his phenomenal star power and action once followed the subtle, controlled and noted nuance of Amol Palekar – the actor/filmmaker known for his award winning performance in evergreen gems like GOLMAAL and other memorable movies like RAJNIGANDHA, CHHOTI SI BAAT, CHITCHOR etc.
It may sound strange, weird but it’s true, the crowd pleasing massy flashy image of Thalaivar who can do anything onscreen followed the simplicity of Amol Palekar.
It was the year 1981; The Rajini mania was on the rise thanks to the remakes of his idol Amitabh Bachchan’s DON – BILLA (1980), AMAR AKBAR ANTHONY – RAM ROBERT RAHIM (May 1980), DEEWAR – THEE (1981) etc.
1981 – The year when Rajini did THEE – the Tamil version of Amitabh Bachchan’s classic DEEWAR (1975), the action phenomenon also starred in the THILLU MULLU – (English meaning Hodgepodge) – the remake of the evergreen cult Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s GOLMAAL. Directed by Rajini’s mentor K Balachander and produced by Kalakendra Movies, the movie also starred Madhavi in the role of Bindiya Goswami and Thengai Srinivasan in the role of Utpal Dutt.
Just imagine Rajinikanth as Ramprasad Dashrathprasad Sharma in that moustache and short kurta pyjama and Nehru jacket on one hand and the flashy clean shaven Laxman with sunglasses and a key chain which he stylishly flaunts making a statement. Yes, Thalaivar followed the character portrayed by Amol Palekar in GOLMAAL in the Tamil remake studiously and added his known charm as well (the cigarette for example). As the desi Ramprasad aka Chandran in the Tamil version he was simplicity redefined and in modern Indran aka Laxman avatar, Rajini too sported that clean shaven look, attitude and of course flaunted that key chain much too the audience surprise and delight.
Known for his action packed dhamaka on screen, Rajinikanth’s versatility in THILLU MULLU was very much appreciated.
Unbelievable but true – seedhe raastein ki yeh tedi si chaal, GolMaal hai sab GolMaal… Rajini followed Amol Palekar… believe it… it happened in 1981.