Which famous director said this ?
“If I were born in Tamil Eelam, I would have certainly joined
the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam as a warrior and sacrificed
my life for the Eelam, since I am born in Tamil Nadu, there is
Eelam feeling in me.”
• After his death, his body was wrapped in the flag of
Tamil Eelam as he wished.
• Inspired by the impact the film “Kizhake Pogum
Rail”(1978) made on him, he wrote a fan mail to the
film-maker Bharathiraja and the letter ran to more
than a hundred pages. Bharathiraja took him under
his fold as an apprentice.
• He directed his best friend Y in a good 25 films out
of his 50 movies.
Which Actress ?
• Maniratnam approached this top heroine those
days to do a powerful character role in his Tamil
debut. But the actress refused point blank. He
determined not to work with her, but now she is
almost assisting all his movies. She is _____
• Suhasini Maniratnam, his wife. That role was done
by Radhika later in the movie Pagal Nilavu.
• Vijayakanth has a record of being the only actor
having his 100th film as commercial hit while the
100th movie of Rajini, Kamal, Sarath Kumar and
Prabhu were a flop. Name his 100th Movie?
Kamal Hassan - Raja Paarvai
Rajnikanth - Sri Raghavendra
SarathKumar – Thalaimagan
Prabhu - Rajakumaran
Identify the Actor & Actress
• The heroes of Tamil cinema get to be young forever
while the heroines quickly graduate to playing roles
even beyond their ages.
• Consider this actor-actress pair for instance. Over
the span of 16 years (1975 to 1991), the actress has
played the actor’s wife, sister, mother-in-law and
• Name the actor, actress and at least one of the
movies each of those relationships was portrayed in.
• Husband & Wife in Aboorva Raagangal
• Brother & Sister
• Mother-in-law & in Maappillai
• Mother & Son
Identify the movie
• Vidya Balan was supposed to debut in this movie
opposite to Srikanth. Later she was replaced by
Trisha on grounds of non-performance. Name that
Connect these 3 songs
• Na Na (Couples Retreat)
• Pudhiya Manidha (Endhiran)
• Vidai Kodu Engal (Kannathil Muthamittlal)
Rahman Family Debut
Na Na (Couples Retreat)
Pudhiya Manidha (Endhiran)
Vidai Kodu Engal (Kannathil Muthamittlal)
– Ameen (Son)
– Khatija (Daughter)
– A. R. Reihana (Sister)
“X" is a production and distribution company founded in 2006
by K.E. Gnanavel Raja who is the cousin of actors Surya-Karthi.
The interesting fact is that, all movies produced by them are
starred by either Surya or Karthi.
The movies are
Sillunu Oru Kaadhal
Naan Mahaan Alla
Biriyani (Not Released)
All in All Azhagu Raja(Not Released)
Identify the Singer
• Ms. Sripada is the founder and CEO of translation
services company Blue Elephant and a successful
playback singer who’s worked with Grammy and Oscar
award winner A.R. Rahman. She was selected to
participate in the prestigious FORTUNE/U.S. State
Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership
Program from May 1-25, 2011 and she is among 35
young women entrepreneurs from around the world to
participate in that program.
• She participated and won the singing competition of
Sun TV, Saptasawarangal, following which she was
introduced by Singer Srinivas to film composer A. R.
• Illayaraja had refused two movies saying that he
couldn't identify with the script even though he had
a successful collaboration with those directors
earlier. They in turn bad mouthed him in the media.
Who are they?
Thankar Bachan & Gnanasekaran
• Raja refused 'Thendral' and 'Periyar' even though
their previous 'Azhagi' and 'Bharathi' were musical
Identify the Movie
When Venus Pictures came out with an advertisement of their
film X in a 1958 newspaper with Sivaji Ganesan in the leading
role, the same day actor MGR announced a same-titled film
in the same paper. Not wanting to make an issue out of it,
Venus pictures continued shooting the film, as the script was
ready and released it on the date announced.
Eventually, MGR changed the title of his film to Nadodi
Mannan, and released it much later.
It is also said to be adapted from the French novel The Man in
the Iron Mask, written by Alexandre Dumas in 1850. X also was
the inspiration behind Imsai Arasan 23m Pulikesi, a 2007
historical comedy film starring comedian Vadivelu as the
Identify the movie
• The Government of Tamil Nadu made provisions for
an entertainment tax exemption for Tamil films
having titles in words from the Tamil language only
• This is in accordance with Government Order 72
passed on 22 July 2006.
• Name the first Tamil film to be released after this
new order which changed their original title of halfEnglish and half-Tamil ?
Identify the Actress
One of the most prominent actresses of the golden era, X was
born into a Muslim family in Melapalayam, Thirunelveli district,
Tamil Nadu, British India.
She and her sister learnt Bharatnatyam in Chennai, where
Guru Trichunder Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai and in Bombay
Guru Jayalaxmi Alva, doyen among Nattuvanars taught and
performed on stage together.
Her father, who was a district commissioner, died while she
was in her teens.
She made her acting debut opposite Gemini Ganesan in
‘Kaalam maari pochu’ and currently will be appearing as
kamal Hassan's mother in Viswaroopam 2.
Identify the Director
• This director was the king of masala in Tamil cinema,
having delivered 3 huge box-office hits in 4 years
[2001 to 2004]. But he entered the industry rather
quietly in 1999, directing a political thriller under his
original name. The film could be classified as a
political thriller and was distinctly unlike his
subsequent 3 movies.
• Name the director, his original name and that first
• The director is Dharani, the man behind Dhill, Dhool
and Gilli. The political thriller he directed in 1999,
under his original name V.C.Ramani, was the
Napoleon-Mammootty starrer Edhirum Pudhirum.
M N Nambiyar
Most no of roles in a movie
• 9 =
• 10 =
• 11 =
Sivaji Ganesan (Navarathri),
M N Nambiyar (Digambara Samiyar)
On the night of 11 October 1943, the Japanese bombed the
Indian city of Madras (now known as Chennai), causing
commotion all over the city. In Triplicane the next morning,
Rajan , a radio engineer and communications researcher, is
found murdered with his own hand gun.
His neighbour Chinnaiah Pillai hears the gunshot and
complains to the police. A local Police Inspector named
Purushothaman Naidu arrives and investigates the scene.
He is joined by C.I.D. officer Sivanandam there. This forms the
plot of the movie X. Significantly this movie was thought to be
inspired by the 1950 Akira Kurosawa film Rashômon but was
actually an intelligent adaptation of a British movie Woman in
Question made by Anthony Asquith. What is the significance
of the movie?
• Antha naal first Tamil Movie without either
Audio – Identify the Singer
• Udal Mannukku
• Unnodu Naaniruntha – Iruvar
Identify the Movie
It was the first Tamil film to be shot in the palaces of Jaipur
and the war sequences were filmed in X, which featured
several soldiers from the Indian Army.
The high cost of the film was attributed to the transportation
costs incurred to move chariots from Chennai to X, where the
war sequences were filmed. Permission from the government
was sought, cavalry and infantry from the Indian Army were
brought to the locations at X and the first rows of the charging
armies on horses and elephants had soldiers from the Indian
Army. The battle scenes were shot with troupes of the 61
Cavalry Regiment, using 80 elephants, 400 horses and three
Other scenes were shot at palaces in Jaipur.
Shooting for the film also took place at the Bangalore Palace
in the Cantonment area, making it the first film to be shot
After the filming was complete, all the chariots specially
made for the war sequences in X, were donated to the
Brihadeeswarar Temple in Thanjavur.
X Y is one of the classic movies ever made in tamil cinema.
The title of the movie X Y is based on the name of the
protagonist Y prefixed with his occupation.
The movie had a scene where the protagonist loses his
mother when he is away. In real life too the protagonist
purchased an imported car with all his life savings and went
to meet his mother only to see the last rites of his mother being
Name the movie and the actor
I was one of the jury members at the 58th National film
awards committee that chose X as the best actor. His
performance moved me.
I was looking for a real person to carry this character in my
film. I needed to believe the character, his emotions and his
journey. Who else but X could give me what I wanted?"
Who about what/whom ?
• Barat bala on Mariyaan and casting Dhanush as
• Name the only Tamil Movie produced by
Amithabachan (Amitabh Bachchan Corporation)
which roped in several leading stars for the project
including Kamal as singer ?
One day, an emaciated looking man came to his house. At that
time, X was playing carom board with a friend. When the man
approached X, X did not look up at him. He continued with his
X simply asked him whether he had eaten.
The man said he had not eaten for three days.
X told him to go and eat a hearty meal first.
Of course X knew that the man was hungry because he had no
He called one of his friends who were around him watching his
game. He told him to reach into X's shirt pocket and take out the
The friend did so.
But what came out was a thick unopened wad of five rupee
currency notes. The friend tried take out a note. In those days, a
five rupee was a big sum.
X got angry.
He scolded him,
"ada thariththiraththukku thunai ponavane !
innum kuuda thaaraalamaa pichchuk kuduven?".
(" O, He who gives company to poverty, why don't you extend
your magnanimity and take out some more?")
The friend took out a thicker portion containing quite a number
of notes and gave them to the poor man. When the man came
back, X heard his story and needs and gave him substantial
In the meanwhile......
X continued playing......."
• Vairamuthu didn’t write lyrics for Kadal. It was taken
from his previous works and used for three songs.
• Thanneer Desam - Chithirai Nela
• Vairamuthu Kavidhaigal - Nenjukkule
• Vairamuthu Kavidhaigal - Moongil Thottam
• Aaytha Ezhuthu (2004)
• Vaanam (2011)
• These films are not hypermedia and do not have
actual hyperlinks, but are multilinear in a more
Name the two actresses and the film
they appeared together in ?
All it takes is a single film to turn one’s image around. Consider
these 2 actresses. The first one X went unnoticed in a
deglamorized role in a 1993 flop while the second one Y was
introduced in a glamorous role and even did a vampish
dance number in a Sathyaraj starrer. But both underwent
image makeovers in 1996. While the former became a sex
symbol by letting her skirt fly high a la Marilyn Monroe in a big
hit, the latter became the epitome of the homely heroine
after a super hit. The new images of the actresses were clear
when they played sisters in love with the same man in a 1998
film. Name the two actresses and the film they appeared
The two actresses are Devayani and Rambha. The film they
appeared together in was Ninaithen Vandhaai, where they
played sisters in love with Vijay.
As for the rest of the trivia, Rambha appeared in the '93 flop
Uzhavan while Devayani showed no signs of her homely side
in movies like Thottachinungi and Sivasakthi, the Satyarajstarrer. Rambha turned sex symbol in Ullathai Alli Thaa while
Devayani adopted a homely image in Kaadhal Koattai, both
of which were released in 1996.
X is the author of books like Minnal Mazhai Mohini, Udal Porul
Anandhi, Panam Pen Pasam. x was a lawyer from Trichy until
he joined Gemini studios to pursue his career in films.
X came to be called as Y due to his memorable portrayal of
inspector Y in the 1950 Tamil film, Ezhai Padum Padu based on
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo.He also enacted the famous
Jee Bhoom Baa in Pattanathil Bootham.
Identify the movie
X is the name of a Tamil stage play by Komal Swaminathan
later adapted to a tamil movie.
Inhibitants of a drought-ridden village in Tamil Nadu, Athipati,
try a cooperative method to bring water to their village,
but their attempts are thwarted by unscrupulous politicians
who try to use the water problem for their political gains.
The film Director has revealed that there is no existing copy of
the negative of the film anymore.
The film Heroine was widely speculated to bag the national
award for the best heroine for that movie but eventually lost
out to Rekha for Umrao Jaan.
The state government even thought of banning the film.