Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Aaaa - The story was about a voice inside a man's head that told him to do evil things. He would listen to it some times but try to ignore it when the 'voice' got really evil. The story takes you through his struggling attempts to resist the 'voice'. Cast doubts about the nature of the 'voice'. Completely fascinating. It was the first Thamizh 'thodar kathai' I ever read. I used to wait for Ananda Vikatan just to read 'Aaa'. I never knew such a genre existed in Thamizh. It may have existed before Sujatha wrote them - what do I know about Thamizh stories? But Sujatha drew me to this genre.
Among his works that made it to TV - 'En Iniya Iyandhra' was very impressive. In 13 episodes, then mandated by Doordarshan, we saw how a woman in a futuristic world protected her robot. This was a story where the government of the future decides to destroy all robots assigned to people. Sivaranjini tries to hide her robot and we were enthralled for 13 weeks in her attempt to do so.
Beyond these two stories, I liked Sujatha's description the magnificent Srirangam temple. As far as movies go - although Kamal Hasan/Sujatha's 'Vikram' was a complete copy of Ian Fleming's Moonraker (Vikram was closer to Fleming's book than Roger Moore's movie) I was fascinated. I did not like his contribution in many other movies (which were good in elements that Sujatha was not involved in) but overall he seemed to be a fascinating story teller.
I am not a big reader of Thamizh literature but he drew English-pusthagam readers like me to Thamizh. Not an easy task.
p.s: I am going to count the number of people who mention Sujatha as the founder of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) just because some news article mentioned it. I know many already knew it. I didn't. I got to know that because of the news article. But it'd be an interesting social experiment to count the # of people who didn't know but still write that in their 'RIP' as if they knew it all along.
p.s: If I credited sujatha for work he never did - that is mainly because I don't know stuff.