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Saturday, January 07, 2006

Land of Sobriquets

The title refers to Chennai. Chennai-ites (or should I say Tamilians?) are very good at giving sobriquets for people, places etc. Someone came up with the brilliant idea of calling A.R.Rehman "Madras Mozart". Captain Vijaykanth just formed a new political party and as expected he has been given a title. Given the fact that MGR is still popular in TamilNadu, its not surprising that some great soul came up with the idea of calling Vijaykanth, "Karuppu MGR" but what takes the cake is what I saw today. Vijaykanth is also called "Thennagatthin Nelson Mandela" (Mandela of the South). Someone please tell me. How are Mandela and Vijaykanth related? And who is the "Mandela of the North" or "Vada Naattu Mandela"?

12 Comments:

Blogger Rajesh said...

Kenneth Kaunda was black Gandhi. Did you ever ask who was White Gandhi. Why are you questioning Captain Vijayakanth now :-)
We will meet
will meet
meet.
Andha dialog kku enna vena confer panalaam.
My friend is a big fan of Captain.
He says "Machaan, Vijayakanth fight pannum bodhu TV ye adhurudhu daa."
Thennagathu Mandela hahaha

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Bubby said...

Deepz that was too much

Hope thavasi, ramanaa, chinna gounder are all doing well thanks to you watching them on screen for the umpteenth time.

Someone told me they saw at landmark, Chennai picking up atleast 10 Viji.. sorry Tennagattu Mandela pada DVDs. kalakku!!

12:53 AM  
Blogger Ajay said...

Mandela and Vijaykanth...other than one obvious reason..dunno what relates them...

12:58 AM  
Blogger RaajK said...

Hi ! first time here. Nice blog.

I liked very much your posts on stereotypes , da di , and this one. Nice. (do you have some telepahy with my mind ? :-)

Regarding sobriquets, did you ever see any rasigar manram boards or political ads? There is an understanding among the Tamils that calling a persons name directly is an insult. So you see...
1.) dr.kalaignar
2.) puratchi thalaivi(and thalaivar)
3.) Arcottaar
4.) Senjiyaar
5.) Periyaar
6.) madhuraandhakathaar
...

1:40 AM  
Anonymous ramki said...

Did you know who was referred to (or more precisely, who referred himself) as "Chinna MGR"? Sudhagaran, Jayalalithaa's now disowned foster son, whose wedding to Sivaji Ganesan's grand daughter she celebrated in a "grand" manner the last time she was in power. Can you beat that?

11:10 AM  
Blogger டி ராஜ்/ DRaj said...

First time here and loved this post. :)
Kaarthik, who might be the next to start a political party, would perhaps be the next to be christined with one such title.

10:39 PM  
Blogger NaiKutti said...

hehe... vada naatu mandela va?... ange avalavu karuppa yaravuthu vanthanga na avanga thaaan :-)

12:01 AM  
Blogger ashok said...

dont u know? Lallu Prasad yadav is Vada nattu Mandela....hahaha!

5:10 AM  
Blogger Deepa said...

bubby, you know i like vijayganth;-)
ajay, thats the obvious answer.
Thank you raajk. yes, a few days back I saw a Vijay rasigar mandram hoarding ( near Loyola college) which called Vijay "Youth of king". wonder what it means!
yes ramki I knew about chinna MGR.
draj, thanks. Wonder what name karthik eould get!
Ashok, are you serious? Someone should be called Laloo of that country instead of Laloo getting a titled like that.
karthik, :-)

8:40 AM  
Blogger The Practical Idealist said...

Hmm, at this rate, Deva (so-called Music director) will be Dravida Sangeetha mannan? Give me a break! First we start calling Rehman Madras Mozart, then we'll have to tolerate him relying to this sobriquet with something like, "I'm hardly so great", to which people will invariably say, "Cha, enna oru adakkam!" Thevaya idhu? He's pleasant to listen to at best. Give me Ilayaraja anyday!

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Bubby said...

practical idealist:- kazhudaikki teryuma karpoora vasanai?
unakkenna teryum Rahman-oda aruma!
Sorry deepz for having insulted a kazhuda.. sorry very much, please manchudu

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Bubby said...

Actor Karthik - Inda kaalathu Mooppanar

Mooppanar pesardum puriyaadu. Ditto Karthik

8:27 AM  

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