Well…this is more like a wailing post…so if u are nt in the mood to read any ‘opparis’ I suggest u leave this blog now
There have been a lot of really amazing people who have played a myriad of roles. But in my eyes, Raghuvaran stands apart. There is a strange vulnerability about him. Something which cannot be explained but needs to be seen to be believed. If there was any villain I rooted for just because of sheer admiration it was a role played by him. Hell I rooted for him even when I knew he was on the losing side. Somehow he made your feelings sway and get you to his way of thinking…if he wanted that is. He even made me realise why a person was the way his character was in the movie. He took the pain to make the audience realise and empathise with him. He was not the typical Hero. In fact I think that was his best compliment. He was Never a Hero. He was a human we could all imagine and realise such a man could exist in our society. He was the Harsha Boghle of South Indian Cinema. Rather Harsha was the Raghuvaran of the commentary box. Without him somehow the aura and glow of the chappells and Boycotts shines just a little bit dimmer. Similarly without Raghuvaran the hero looks a little less heroic! In everyone’s eyes Baasha was Rajinikanths best film. But its unthinkable to Imagine Baasha without Anthony or Mudhalvan without the white haired CM. In fact having watched the movie in both Hindi and Tamil I still feel Raghuvaran’s CM was more villainous. He didnt need to flash his eyes or scream to achieve the chilling monstrosity which he needed to depict. His words were soft to the extent of being eerie. However the beauty lay that the same softness to convey tenderness and affection so equally well. Whether he played the calculative and stingy elder son in Visu’s samsaram adu minsaram or the doting father who had to keep the family together at the time of imminent death in Anjali, Raghuvaran became those people. I donot know whether he was a good man, or a good father, frankly its none of my business. But I do know one thing, I will miss him. I will miss him so badly that tears are running down my cheeks as I am typing these words. I bet anyone who has seen his movies will miss him too. Why? I dont know, maybe he was just too good at what he did. Maybe it was because with his death, I see deaths of some of my favourite characters. With his death I see the death of Anthony, CM, eldest son, Anjali’s dad,….. I apologise for not being able to give any space to telugu or malayalam movies he has done. I havent seen them. But if they are anything as good as what he has done in Tamil, few will disagree with me. I however would love to hear from my readers, about your feelings on the death of this great actor. I would like to stress, this post is very emotional to me, so any kinda crap comments(meaning unreasonably harsh or derogatory or unconnected to this post) will not be tolerated. I hope you will respect my feelings on this front.