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...Many people say that MGR’s super-hit film ‘Nalla Neram’ (1972) was a remake of ‘Haathi Mere Saathi’ (1971), both by Devar Films. But the latter itself was a remake of Tamil film ‘Deiva Cheyal’ (1967), starring Muthuraman, ‘Major’ Sundarrajan and Bharathi, directed by M G Balu and produced by Devar Films. The screenplay writer of the Hindi film Javed Akhtar himself confirmed this in an interview on how the Hindi remake came about. He said: “One day, Rajesh Khanna went to Salim saab and said that Devar had given him a huge signing amount. But the film was a remake and the script of the original was far from being satisfactory. He told us that if we could set the script right, he would make sure we got both money and credit.” The original script of ‘Deiva Cheyal’ was corrected by Salim-Javed in Hindi. It became a huge hit there and then was remade in Tamil with MGR. ...TOI on Aug. 15, 2016, 4:09 p.m.
...The fact that audience is lapping up back-to-back released films of the same genre, with unaffected enthusiasm and irrespective of the opinion of critics, also establishes that the horror-comedy genre is a sure shot formula for box office success. Horror comedies aim to scare audiences by peppering the plot with comic elements which let them laugh at their own fears. The blend of horror and comedy builds and releases tension in a script, and the genre is able to capture these two elements in the most entertaining and natural way. But, when the genre is talked about in Tamil cinema, most people only remember hits like ‘Chandramukhi’ and ‘Kanchana’. In fact, it was ‘Idhu Nijama’ (1948) that introduced the genre in Tamil cinema. ...TOI on July 19, 2016, 4:04 p.m.
...in the first six months. The biggest failures of the Jan-June period this year have been small budget films. In the first semester of 2015, small budget films like ‘Kakka Muttai,’ ‘Darling,’ ‘Rajathanthiram,’ ‘De’Monte Colony’, ‘Indru Netru Nalai,’ ‘Ivanukku Thannila Kandam,’ ‘Tamizhukku Enn Ondrai Azhuthavum’ and a few more achieved commercial success. But this year only ‘Hello Naan Pei Pesugiren’ and ‘Ko2′ managed to achieve reasonable success. ...TOI on June 22, 2016, 7 a.m.