16 Vayathinile (1977)
Barthiraja presents "16 VAYADINELE". "SUPER STAR" RAJINI KANTH, "KADAL MANNAN" KAMALAHASSAN, SUPER HEROIN "SREE DEVI", SATYAJIT, GANDHI MATHI, GOUNDER MANI in a Super Duper Hit and our All Time favorite movie "16 VAYADINELE" Music by MAESTRO "ILLAYARAJA" ! Lots of things change in our life but Sweet Memories always stay in our mind for ever and there is no time limit nor they get expired. One such Movie that is in Hearts of Millions of Cinema Fans around the world is "16 VAYADINELE".
Tamil Cinema was revolving around Four Walls for a long time and all the movie were Family oriented and hard subject stories. Then came a Change i would say a revolution. I hope BARATHIRAJA was the first person who changed the FOUR WALL subject and took the cameras to VILLAGES and started to make movies on FEELINGS and DREAMS of an ordinary human. I really appreciate his Service to the movie field.
The story starts with a Young Good Looking Village girl MAYIL (MY ALL TIME DREAM GIRL SREE DEVI) dreaming to become a Teacher. Her mom GANDHIMATHI who is a widow and is a Village Roudi. All that she does is fight with females in that Village which really affects our Dream girl Sree Devi. One must see SREE DEVI's acting when she Jumps with happiness when she is done with her 10th Standard.
CHAPPANI (KAMAL) gets introduced as a innocent and Half Crack guy who works for SREE's mom doing the needful for the family and for the village people. His primary job is to give an OIL Massage to PATTARAI (RAJINI) who gets all information about SREE DEVI and about Village people. One must see how all these three legends (RAJINI, KAMAL, SREE DEVI) has acted in this movie. Really Fantastic and great. Especially in a village festival when RAJINI sees SREE DEVI in a PAVADAI and when his friends say "LOOK At MAYIL how beautiful she is in her PAVADAI" RAJINI in turn will reply
"AVALU KENNA AV ATHALUKU PAVADA POTTA KUDA NALA IRRUKUM"
The story runs without a single deviation and without any overacting which really made me cry seeing the Talents at their best on my Screens. KAMAL dreams marrying SREE DEVI as KURUVAMMA (GANDHI MATHI) calls KAMAL as "MARUMAGANE" !! But our SREE who has much better dreams falls in LOVE with a Veterinary Doctor who visits the Village who looks like a "SAIDAPET SONGI" with a SODA BODDI GLASS and BELL BOTTOM PANT. Sree gets attracted to his modern Life and she starts her dream !! She even ignores her TEACHER JOB which was her long time ambition in life for her IMAGINARY DREAM with the doctor.
The Dream World of the sad Village girl comes to an end when that Stupid Ugly Looking Irritating Doctor says that "HE DIDNT LOVE HER AND SHE JUST LOVED HER AGE" !! I really felt like slapping that guy. Then KAMAL Takes care of the family and asking MAYIL not to worry ! Then comes the Directors talent who made us to FLY IN DREAMS for 1 1/2 HOURS make us to CRY FOR another ONE HOUR as KURUVAMMA (Sree Devi's Mom) dies. VILLAN RAJINI whose aim is to SLEEP with SREE DEVI once gets into the house when she was Sleeping and At last KAMAL kills RAJINI by throwing a big stone and the DREAM AND EMOTIONS die and the Story ends.
These two talented starts ! My god. So natural and they have done their job in such a way that even if they watch those movies today They would wonder and they would like to do one more roll like that. Especially KAMAL when he wears PANT and SHIRT for the first time in his life and comes into the VILLAGE with a weird Walk looking at the village people and at last comes and stand before SREE DEVI hanging his head and asking SREE If the dress looks good for him and at the same time Standing in KOMANAM and showing his anger when he sees SREE DEVI with that Stupid Doctor.
Another place when he says to SREE DEVI
"ATTHA ADU VALATHA, KOZHI VALATHA, NAYEEE VALATHA"
I am there for you with his innocent Love and not able to express thinking that she will ignore him. Another Scene when KAMAL gives TWO rupees to SREE DEVI asking her to watch Movie Sitting in BENCH insted of Floor and SREE DEVI asking KAMAL "IF HE ROBBED Money From her mother and KAMAL replying that he worked the whole night and got that money" SUPERB SUPERB SUPERB SUPERB!!!!!!!!
How about RAJINI !! My god! Each and every time he pass some comment and say "IDU EPPADI IRRUKU" ! RAJINI I love you and i am a big fan of you. I think you have that style in Late 70's itself. The way he sits below that ALAMARAM and pass comments on the people remembers my COLLEGE LIFE where we used to sit in that SRM RAILWAY STATION platform and pass comments. When KAMAL irritates RAJINI saying "SANDAIKU POREN ATTHA VAIYUM KASU KODU" and RAJINIS reaction having ONE BEEDI in his mouth !! WHERE IS UR LEG RAJINI !!!!! SUPERB!!!!!
To me SREE DEVI is the best artist of Last century. Got introduced by BARATHI RAJA and she is the only South Indian Star who has everything to be the artist of the century. I happen to meet SREE DEVI once in MADRAS ! HER CHITHI works with my Mom in TNSC Board. For More Personal Information mail me ! She is JUST beautiful. I cannot say how beautiful she is ! I think she is the measure of BEAUTY! Even in that movie SREE was outstanding and can be compared to all the other major stars in that movie! I would love to watch SREE DEVI again in movies! In fact I LOVE HER "BONDA MUKKU" rather that her SHARP NOSE now after her PLASTIC SURGERY!
One cannot forget the Music of ILLAYARAJA in this movie. Especially that "SENDOORA POOVE SONG" a dream song by a village girl !!! HATS OFF! One thing that was irritating was that Vetinary Doctor! If any one sees him Just Kick his Butt !! That too the tone he refers our SREE DEVI like (MMMMAYYL)!!
BARATHIRAJA thanks for showing a world of new movies. I think only after this movie people started to watch the facts rather than watching SRIDHAR's or BALACHANDERS movies which just revolves around four walls. I also totally disagree with people saying that "AJIT and VIJAY" are the next "KAMAL and RAJINI" !!! My God its too much for both of them !
As a big fan of TAMIL CINEMA and a Person who really feels happy if any GOOD Movies are released or as a Traditional Madras Guy We Grade this movie 100/100 ! for its excellent direction for its excellent Music, For its Story line and for our SUPER STARS of TAMIL CINEMA ( RAJINI, KAMAL, SREE DEVI)'s Wonderful acting.