A Samurai Named Varalaxshmi | Thaarai Thappattai

In various fields, there’s a prevailing myth that individuals with a strong background or those born to star parents have an easy path to success. However, the reality often contradicts this notion. Star children face constant comparisons to their parents’ achievements, overshadowing their own talents.

The Star Child Dilemma in Movies

In the film industry, being a son or daughter of a star may provide quicker access to producers or directors, but true success depends on individual talent, persistence, and hard work – often referred to as “luck” in the industry. The phrase “Avanukku ennapa… avaunga appa background irukku” (What does he/she know? They have a star parent’s background) is a common refrain.

Learning from Bala’s Thaarai Thappattai: A Grueling Experience

Working with Director Bala on Thaarai Thappattai proved to be a significant learning experience. Bala, known for his uncompromising approach, is a taskmaster within his frames. The character Sooravali, portrayed by Varalakshmi in the movie, embodied the intensity of a cyclone, a name she truly earned.

The Realism in Bala’s Filmmaking

Bala refuses to accept filmmaking as mere make-believe. Varalakshmi, in her role as Sooravali, had to perform physically demanding scenes – from being hit and rolling down rocky stairs to dancing barefoot on a burning road. The realism extended to a violent scene where RK Suresh had to hit Varalakshmi, resulting in an actual injury. The aftermath included a cracked collarbone and glass pieces removed from her forehead, highlighting the physical toll of Bala’s intense shooting style.

Varalakshmi’s Perseverance: Beyond Star Lineage

Varalakshmi’s success isn’t merely a product of her star lineage but a testament to her determination and willpower. Thaarai Thappattai showcased her unwavering commitment, breaking the stereotype associated with star children.

A Broader Perspective: Beyond Varalakshmi

This narrative extends beyond Varalakshmi to include star children like Dulquer Salmaan, Fahad Fazil, Prithviraj, Mahesh Babu, Junior NTR, Ram Charan, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Vikram Prabhu, Gautham Karthik, Soundarya Rajinikanth, Aiswarya Rajinikanth, Sruthi Haasan, Akshara Haasan, Ranbir Kapoor, and many others.

Conclusion: Shaping Their Own Destiny

The journey of star children in the film industry is marked by challenges, perseverance, and the need to prove themselves beyond their famous lineage. Each individual’s success is a testament to their unique talents, hard work, and resilience.

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John Mahendran
Film Director, Writer, Author, Currently teaching Film Making in BOFTA

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