A Samurai Named Varalaxshmi

It’s a myth in any field that people with a strong background or being son or daughter of a star achieve success easily. Honestly it’s the other way around. You are constantly compared to the achievements of your Star parents and very seldom does your real talent get noticed.

In Movies, All it does for being a Son or Daughter of a star is getting in touch with a Producer or Director quicker than others. That’s it. Rest depends on your individual talent, persistence and hard work which many in film industry call it Luck.

“Avanukku ennapa… avaunga appa background irukku” you get to hear this often in film industry.

Bala’s Thaarai Thappattai was a learning experience for me in many ways. Of course anybody who have worked with Director Bala sir will realize 36 Chamber of Shaolin is just a play school.

A task master, ruthless about what happens inside his four frames.

Sooravali, character name of what Varalakshmi played in Thaarai Thappatai. Sooravali mean Cyclone, at the end of the movie we honestly felt, Varalakshmi deserved that name more than anybody else.

Bala sir is one filmmaker who doesn’t believe that filmmaking is make belief.

Be it Varalakshmi hitting anyone, or rolling down a uneven rocky stairs, or dancing barefoot on a burning road, or getting smashed on a mirror, Varalakshmi had to do it real. There was this sequence where R K Suresh had to hit Varalakshmi, which Bala sir wanted it more violent for Sooravali character to gain sympathy. RK Suresh banged Varalkashmi’s face on a real mirror, after which she came unconscious and came spiraling  towards a wooden handle of a cot which she nearly missed, if not would have been fatal. In movies we normally use sugar glass which breaks down as tiny pieces causing very less harm to actors, but keep in mind this is Bala sir shooting.

Following this, RK Suresh had to kick Varalakshmi on her neck during when she lost conscious. Bouncing back she completed the sequence to the satisfaction of Bala Sir.

In the following days, when we were all awestruck by the intensity of Bala sir making, a whatsapp message popped up showing the images of X Ray of Varalakshmi’s collar bone cracked, and pieces of glasses that were taken from her forehead. It doesn’t need a special mention here that there was no special treatment for collar bone cracking, it takes its own time to heal.

What I mentioned above was just a teaser of perseverance of Varalakshmi during Thaarai Thappatai filming.

Its sheer her determination and will power that has brought Varalakshmi so much success in her career, not just being born a daughter of a Star.

And this write up is not just about Varalakshmi, but it’s about 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 more Star Children.

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

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