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I can see only one actor to play Balram: Rajnikanth!
(Wednesday, 22nd October 2008)
‘Rajnikanth  would be the perfect  Balram Halwai’



Man Booker Prize winner Aravind Adiga talks about which actor would suit his antihero and more

by VINITA CHATURVEDI Times News Network


This 33-year-old first-time novelist has now joined the league of great literary geniuses including VS Naipaul, Nadine Gordimer, Iris Murdoch and Kingsley Amis. His novel The White Tiger, which recently won the Man Booker Prize, has been described as “a masterful example of crackling story-telling.” Written in the first person through the voice of Balram Halwai, it is a shocking portrait of Indian corruption and social injustice at a time when the media has tended to focus on sunnier tales of the nation’s economic transformation. Goa Times gets up, close and personal with the youngest Booker Award winner, who started his career as a journo and is open to have a film made on his book.

Here is the complete scrip of his interview published in ‘The Times of India’, Goa Edition on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

From financial journalism to a Booker, this journey seems to have taken so many twists and turns… 

My journey began as a graduate student at Oxford who wanted to write, but I felt that I hadn't seen enough of the world. I quit academics after getting into a PhD programme at Princeton University, and entered journalism in my mid-20s, a relatively late entry age. I started working with a business newspaper as an intern; then went to New York to work for a financial magazine; finally, I came to New Delhi to work as a correspondent for an international magazine, before quitting in 2006 to write the novel.
After carving your own path and chasing your wild dreams with a vengeance, what advice would you like to give to the youngsters of India? 

I think today’s young Indians are doing very well in handling a variety of pressures; they can take on the world. A man or woman with an Indian education at an IIT or IIM is considered the very best engineer or manager in the world today. Things have changed so much. When I went to New York in 1993, the only made in India signs were on the manholes. It  was so humiliating. The transformation is complete now, thanks to the hard work of so many Indian engineers, lawyers and doctors. I think young Indians are handling the pressures quite well and are in a good position to take over the world. But, the question is not whether young Indians will take over the world, it is what kind of society will they have to live in; how fair it will be and how stable.

How closely do you associate with the character of your protagonist Balram Halwai?

He is not at all someone to associate with. He is the antihero of the story. He is a warning sign of what is starting already and what is to come if things don’t change for poorer Indians. He troubles me, as he is full of anti-liberal values.

Your writing has been described as ‘shocking as well as entertaining’. Is that by design? 

It is by design; as by character I am very ‘unshocking’ and unentertaining, as all my neighbours and landlords in New Delhi will verify. I just sit and write.

How do you plan to spend the prize money of 50,000 pounds? 

Forty per cent of that goes to the government of India (to the IT department). That still leaves a bit, and I haven’t any plans for it as yet.

Would you like a film to be ‘inspired’ by your book? 

Why not? As a Chennai-born boy, obviously I can see only one actor to play Balram: Rajnikanth.



Not much is written about your immediate family… 

It is difficult for me to talk about my immediate family, as my mother died when I was a teenager in Mangalore; after this I was taken out of the country. In my immediate family, I am the only one here in India. My uncles and aunts live in Mumbai and Bangalore.

 
As a Rajini fanatic, we can claim proudly that Rajini is the inspiration to a Novelist to write his first novel which won the prestigious Booker prize for him!

-Sanganathan

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16 Comment(s)Views: 7080

ramya,
Tuesday, 4th November 2008 at 04:33:18

அரவிந்த் அடிகா மட்டுமல்ல ஒரு முறை காஃபி வித் அனு நிகழ்ச்சியில் விஸ்வநாதன் ஆனந்திடம் உஙகள பத்தி படமா எடுத்தா உங்க ரோல யார் பண்ணா நல்லா இருக்கும்னு நினைக்கிறீங்க என்ற கேள்விக்கு ரஜினிகாந்த் பண்ணா நல்லா இருக்கும் என்று சொன்னார்.

அவருக்கு கிலாஸ் மற்றும் மாஸ் ரசிகர்கள் உண்டுங்கறது இதிலிருந்தே தெரிகிறது.

rajini,
Wednesday, 29th October 2008 at 08:53:38

why this site so racist, there are fans telugu, malayalam hindi. yet rajini also very attached with telugu audience and make him much bigger. i cant understand y it is just in tamil and being so racist in particular language.
karthik,
Friday, 24th October 2008 at 12:18:20

i am proud to be a rajin fan,no one can beat him in cinema industry and real life.He is great and the god who create him also great.

thalaiva andha aandavan un kooda iruppaarnu nambukiren

paramasivam.v,india /chennai
Friday, 24th October 2008 at 09:02:38

தயவு செய்து இதை தமிழில் மொழி பெயர்க்கவும்
arjun,Bangalore
Friday, 24th October 2008 at 07:43:07

This shows his status and impact , which he is left on everyone who admire him
Paramasivam.V,india / Chennai
Thursday, 23rd October 2008 at 09:57:30

pls this msg tamil version.
Rasigar En 7,USA
Thursday, 23rd October 2008 at 07:53:31

The last line "As a Rajini fanatic," - please do not say that. Adiga says that he could not think of anyone EXCEPT THALAIVAR for the role in the movie (if one such movie is getting made). We can not say Rajini inspired Adiga - AND WE CAN NOT SAY RAJINI DID NOT INSPIRE ADIGA. Why would we want to venture/speculat on this point?
What makes me so happy to read this is - irrespective of the many English movies this person would have seen, irrespective of the hundreds of actors he would have observed in those movies (including some very good ones like John Trovolta, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall) Adiga has still stuck with Thalaivar - adhu thaan Thalaivar. Oru thadavai avar rasigar aayaachu na life full aa avar rasigar aa thaan irukka mudiyum.
Soooperb article - thanks a MILLION for putting it up. Thank you thank you thank you !!
Rgds,
MN

MAT,Penang, Malaysia
Thursday, 23rd October 2008 at 04:51:52

Thalaivarnah summmewah, avar oru punithemane manithan. Thalaivar valga
padmanabhan,Bangalore
Thursday, 23rd October 2008 at 02:44:02

This shows rajini is class apart from other actors. He is not only a actor but also a great Human being who can inspire and take people to new heights.
Karthikeyan,Hyderabad
Thursday, 23rd October 2008 at 01:11:28

Iam proud to be an Rajini Fan.
Manikandan Bose,Chennai
Thursday, 23rd October 2008 at 01:02:35

தலைவரின் புகழ் மாலைக்குக் கிடைத்த இன்னொரு முத்து..
நன்றி..

arul,bangalore
Thursday, 23rd October 2008 at 00:36:24

intelligent people always like and understand our thalaivar.
sudhan,india, chennai
Thursday, 23rd October 2008 at 00:31:57

தயவு செய்து இதை தமிழில் மொழி பெயர்க்கவும்
Dhanendran,malaysia
Wednesday, 22nd October 2008 at 22:58:17

GREAT...HATs OFF..BE PROUD TO BE THALAIVAR FANS.
Anonymous,
Wednesday, 22nd October 2008 at 20:05:08

great peoples are praising our thalaivar and street dogs are barking at him
Sanjay,London
Wednesday, 22nd October 2008 at 18:15:31

Wow......What more to say..?

 
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