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Celebrating a long innings on the marquee

It's been 25 years since Sathyaraj donned the greasepaint. And, his hometown is to play host to a galaxy of stars on the occasion.


THE NIGHT of November 9 will shine bright. Lighting up the night will be the best of cine stars.

Right from actors Kamal Hassan and Vijaykanth to directors Balachander and Bharathiraja, all the top shots of Kollywood will descend on the town for `Nakshatra Diamond Jewellery Sathyaraj 25', being held to celebrate the long innings of this "different" actor. Not one to believe in make-up after shooting hours, he has publicly sported his nearly-bald pate for years.

Nay, we are not talking about actor Sathyaraj turning 25. The villain-turned hero crossed that nearly two-and-a-half decades ago and has even marched into his golden year.

What is special is that this is being held to felicitate the actor for his contribution to Tamil cinema, that too, in front of his home crowd.

Was it Sathyaraj's choice to have the show, hosted by Raaj International's M. Ramanathan, in the Cotton City?

"Not at all. In fact, I was hesitant for a show like this because I know how arduous it is to coordinate and bring cine artistes to town for the sake of an individual. I did not want to trouble anyone."

However, when quite a few artistes agreed to participate "I realised my friends' circle was wide," he added.


Sathyaraj is one of the few Tamil film stars, including the likes of Rajnikant and Sarath Kumar, who started off as a villain on the silver screen before making a name as a hero.

However, the 50-year-old actor feels he is a nobody compared with `Aachi' Manorama, Nambiar, Rajinikant and Kamal.

"Their service to the film industry is tremendous. Kamal has been acting right from the time he started reciting nursery rhymes."

The celebrities expected to participate in the show, to be held at the PSG College of Technology, include Sarath Kumar, Napolean, Vikram, Vijay, Suriya, Madhavan, Khushboo, Radhika, Roja, Devayani, Banu Priya, Revathi, Rekha, Manorama, A.V.M. Saravanan and S.P. Muthuraman.

"In fact, the entire cine industry is backing the celebrations because Sathyaraj is a wonderful person and a producer's delight. Coimbatoreans will never get to see a show like this," assures M. Ramanathan.

Adding glamour to the show will be dances by Ramya Krishnan, Rambha, Mantra, Vindhiya, Reema Sen, Chaya Singh and Sherin, choreographed by Lalitha Mani.

`Sadagaparavaigal' orchestra will entertain the audience with its lilting tunes.

Comedians Vadivelu, Manivannan, Senthil and Ramesh Kanna will tickle everyone's funny bones, while Bharathiraja will felicitate Sathyaraj.

The inimitable Urvasi is to host the show, tickets for which are available with all cable TV operators in the city.

RAYAN ROZARIO

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