Sunday, December 2, 2012
Of the close to 300 films he starred in, about 60 went on to become 100-day runs. Even those that did not had something to be remembered by. Except for a period in the 1980s when he was going through that limbo between clinging on to 'youth' roles and settling into the elder statesman roles, Sivaji Ganesan's movies were all very interesting to watch.
The entire list is shown here on a wall at Shanthi Theatre, Sivaji's own exhibition venture. It may be tempting to think that the theatre would have flogged his movies with or without an audience, just to set records. But this was during a period where Sivaji was the king of the box office - and his films were not shown at Shanthi alone.
On 18 occasions, a Sivaji picture was released against another Sivaji picture. Quite a few times, both of them did well. It might be a bit difficult to read them off this list, though!