Monday, 31 December 2012

Meendum Kokila (1981)


One of many oddities in Sridevi's resplendent career is, the incomprehensibly short list of awards she's won, considering the volume of her many, marvelous performances that have studded her wildly prolific career in a multitude of languages.

When Mani Ratnam was just getting popular in B'wood, he was asked why he never worked with Sridevi and he was rather blase about it. Saying, "She's acted far better in Tamil films."

Indeed, Sridevi won her first Filmfare award for Best Actress in 1982, for the Tamil film Meendum Kokila, directed by G Rangarajan, written by the Hasan Brothers and co-starring Tamil icon Kamal Haasan, this domestic comedy is a favorite of many. Not to forget, the wildly popular music of legendary composer Ilayaraaja, many in the South know of Sridevi only for her Tamil films.

A blockbuster that completed a 175-day run at the box office, it was dubbed (horrendously!) in Hindi and released as Mr and Mrs Malini Iyer. All the magic lost in clumsy dubbing, far better to watch the film in its original formal, with subtitles!




Footnote:  And here's the rarest of pics; Sridevi, Kamal Haasan and Rekha together! Originally cast with Bollywood Diva Rekha, actress Deepa replaced her in Meendum Kokila. 




4 comments:

  1. In the beginning there is a line about awards. Well I honestly feel, she does not need them. Full stop. Her work speaks for itself and our admiration, love and respect for her is always there. I saw her recently in Neenaglum Vellalam Oru Kodi, she talks about how her mother brought her up. Outside you maybe a star, but at home you are our daughter, an ordinary girl, keep that in mind. I think this is the secret of her success. A very good example to follow in our lives. Thank you Akka!

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  2. yes meendum kokila initially hindi star rekha was booked for the role of actress kamini and later on without knowing the reason,deepa (unnimeri) was replaced. I remember one still in bommai tamil cine magazine as rekha in black rajakumari dress along with sridevi. if any one is having kindly post it

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  3. yes meendum kokila was initially started with hindi star rekha and later on replaced with deepa alias unnimeri without knowing the reason.
    I still remember one still in bommai tamil cine magazine with rekha in rajakumari dress. if anyone is having kindly post

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  4. yes meendum kokila initially hindi star rekha was booked for the role of actress kamini and later on without knowing the reason,deepa (unnimeri) was replaced. I remember one still in bommai tamil cine magazine as rekha in black rajakumari dress along with sridevi. if any one is having kindly post it

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