EXCLUSIVE: Narendra Modi’s new blog post – “PADAYAPPA: A WONDERFUL FILM”

Hours after BJP Senior Leader Shri LK Advani chose to break free from a potentially detrimental logjam in the BJP and posted a review of Kamal Hassan’s magnum opus, “Vishwaroop” on his blog, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi too, was seen at a Cyber center in Goa, posting a movie review on his blog, about Superstar Rajinikanth’s epic blockbuster, “Padayappa.” 

The UnReal Times’ Gujarat correspondent, Bekaar Patel, was kind enough to forward a copy of the same to The Tamil UnReal Times:

A remarkable piece of plywood carving on our display at our residence in Gandhinagar is that of Aarupadaiyappa with his lovely bird, blessing the ascendancy of positive, ambitious people in life.

What is even more significant about this carving is the face that the artist, hailing from Tiruvallur (Tamil Nadu) is that the hind side of the carving not only presents several temples of Aarupadaiyappan, but also their various architectures.

A decade or so back, in the media reports, I had seen that a film titled “Padayappa,” directed by KS Ravikumar, starring the outstanding superstar of Tamil Nadu, Rajinikanth had been declared as one of his all-time best movies. Ever since I heard these reports, I had a desire to see the film.

 

Last week, I had a welcome phone call from Mr.Rajinikanth himself that he would be coming to Goa for the weekend and that on either of the 2 days, he would like me to see his film. On June 8th, therefore, along with Rajnathji, Jaitleyji and many others of the BJP family, I had occasion to see this wonderful film, which I reckon, in both story and more importantly, moral message, is one of the best films I have seen in my life.

The film is a wonderful, realistic and a very relevant thriller at this point, with the legendary Sivaji Ganesan being forced to give away his throne to the greedy Manivannan and then, passing on. The responsibility is now on Padayappa’s (Rajini) shoulders, to successfully work hard and reclaim the lost glory. Manivannan still tries his best to bring the honest, hardworking, Padayappa down and to make matters worse, an evil, venomous lady, Neelambari (Ramya Krishnan), by remote-controlling a man named Suryaprakash (Nasser), wants to make life hell for Padayappa. Finally, however, good sense prevails – Manivannan is ashamed of his acts and hails Rajini, who eventually triumphs over Neelambari.

The next day after the screening of the movie, Rajini came to my room for some roti and subzi. After dinner, I recounted to him an anecdote from a popular English film which I had watched two decades ago, in Gujarat.

A mighty lion, Mufassa, was held in high regard by one and all and was declared as one of the best kings to have ever ruled the jungle. Under him, the jungle saw years of prosperity. Unfortunately, a dangerous situation, resulting in a stampede saw him passing on. His selfish brother, Scar, then took over the jungle and it began to deteriorate. Mufassa’s cub, Simba, on the other hand, was full of remorse. He felt that Mufassa lost due to him and the accident that he caused. However, Simba soon grew up as a powerful lion who had to be back at any cost, to reclaim the jungle and restore its lost glory. A hard battle ensued between Scar and Simba. Scar tried his best to get rid of Simba, but this time, Simba won. The jungle was prosperous again.

Rajinikanth enjoyed my demonstration, and was provoked to ask me : Have you read the Book series “A Game of thrones”? The Book is authored by George R R Martin, American screenwriter, television producer, and author of fantasy, horror, and science fiction.

 

TAILPIECE

Rajini has sent me the book that he promised. The 864-page book is extremely well written. 

The back cover of this book sums up :

Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honor weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.

Narendra Modi

June 9th, 2013

Goa