The Great Debate


A much debated question in TN is about who is a better .. whatever.. actor, crowd puller, mass entertainer, highest grosser.. it doesn't really matter. The Question asked is always "Machi, Kamal a Rajini a? yaru da gr8er?" There are people who would question me as to why I put up Kamal's pic 1st and then Rajini, but I would like to pacify those people with the fact that K come's before R (no hidden meaning attached again) in the English alphabet and that being the only reason.

Anyway, the paranoia in me reched new heights during the 1st few scenes of Kamal Hassan's magnum opus (when the bloody hell will Marudanayakan release??) 'Dasavatharam' where the Shaivite king resembled Rajinikanth to a large extent. To me it looked like a direct jab at Rajinikanth, wherein the shaivite king with his supporters (ie Rajini and fans) had subjugated Kamal and his fans (The Vaishnavites) in the box office due to larger collections by Rajinikanth in the past few years. Furthermore when the king forces Kamal in the movie to say "Om namo shivaiya", to me it seemed like Rajini was telling Kamal to embrace his model of movies, ie mass entertainers. The lyrics of the ensuing song has lines such as "If you feel the stones (poor box office sales = pain) pelting you, you will feel pain" and "If you know God (Film/acting as an art in itself) alone, the stones will not cause you any pain" . Uncompromising till the very end Kamal dies for his cause ie "Good Films" n refuses to succumb to market pressures. But hey, this is just an observation.

My personal opinion is that people who even ask the "Rajini vs Kamal" question ought to be shot in the leg at least twice for not understanding the nature of the 2 artists. To me both actors are great stalwarts of Indian Cinema and should be seen in their own light rather than in comparision, even if the box office may think otherwise. N btw Making mass entertainers that always do well(Heloooooo Vijay!) isn't an easy task.