Saturday, July 03, 2010

Ode to Amala

Anybody who watched movies in late 80s and early 90s will attest that Amala was undoubtedly the hottest actress ever in the history of thamizh movies. This is an indisputable fact. It is a shame that such obvious facts have to be camouflaged as opinions. At a time when thamizh naadu had to deal with rain scenes involving Sugasini, Revathi and other fat heroines, Amala was true red hotness. At a time when actresses like Radha, Saritha, Radhika playing cool chics in modern dress resembled gundu-pooshnikka wearing jeans, Amala fit in extremely stylish clothes the way a nicely placed moodi fitted into a 'oorga' jaadi. Here was original 'talent'.

Heroes queued up to act with her and she almost overtook Seetha as the heroine to act with highest number of arbit actors who looked 3 times older. Rajinikanth showed 'extra enthusiasm' to cast her in his movies. Amala was an extremely good dancer too and her movements were graceful and stylish. Take my most favorite Amala song below for instance. Awesome song. Amala fulfills every man's dream of being a chic in uniform (and look at how it fits her). As she looks like a doll and dances like an elegant ballerina, Rajini does his 'i am all left foot thumbs' steps. One feels the urge to reach out and separate the flower garland from the simian. But I digress, this post is about Amala


38 comments:

SathyaRam said...

Amala in Ninnu Kori song.. what a charm .....

Praveen said...

This is one of my favs.

I loved her in RGV's Shiva too.

A Telugu channel recently released this videoAmala Wedding video

Anonymous said...

//Chic in Uniform//

LOL

Anonymous said...

Sugasini, Revathi mela en intha kola veri? LOL

-G.

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Sreekrishnan said...

Eh? Thoongatha Vizhigal Rendu... was brilliant ! So was SelaiKattum Pennukoru Vaasam undu.

I think the second song was more aptly written for her. I loved her looks .. i still think she looks hot -even after all that Nagarjuna, one son and all !

I'd cast her as a single mid age woman if i were to make movies !

ada-paavi!!!! said...

Toongatha Vizighal Rendu. Seriously the best song in tamil.

Madhavi didnt look like a gundu pooshinika.

Gradwolf said...

I guess Madhavi is an exception to the gundu pooshnika-ness but where Amala is leaps ahead of her is the repertoire of films. Amala clearly ruled the mid to late 80s I guess. Favorite movies would be Agni Nakshatram, Mounam Samadham and Mapillai

Kokki Kumarru said...

sEMMA Pigaru boss!!

Kaushik said...

There were also rumours of an alleged affair b/w Nagarjuna & Tabu. I used to wonder how anyone could leave this beauty for that milf'y kudhurai.

Anonymous said...

Only Amala could pull off trendy outfits those times. Her choice of winter clothing in Vaa Vaa Kanna song from Vellaikaran is awesome.

Anonymous said...

Kaushik,

No one can make out why would Sandra Bullock's husband go after that tattooed lady. Tabu isn't a classic beauty, but she isn't bad either. There's more to a relationship than beauty :)

-E.M

Anonymous said...

Most Anglo-Indians are great-looking compared to Indians. Amala looked fat and weird in her first few films, looked great later.

None of the other ladies mentioned were bad looking, especially when placed next to a gay-looking Kamal or akly Rajni. But perception of fashion/beauty has definitely changed over the years.

- Kajan

Praveen said...

Seen this video, Hawkeye? :)

I said...

Looking at women as objects is typical MCP behavior. Why this discrimination between fat and thin, Amala and Radhika?

Whoever said women/heroines should be young, thin and pleasing to look? Fat and old is the look of the self-confident women.

Anonymous said...

I notice, for the first time, that there is a fair bit of single step east coast swing in the dance moves!!

Babs said...

/*
Looking at women as objects is typical MCP behavior. Why this discrimination between fat and thin, Amala and Radhika?
*/

I,
I know few guys who say the same but later go to their mum and say "amma when u search alliance for me, pls look for fair, thin and good looking girl" as if they were manmadha kunju :)

Watching someone on screen is purely to satisfy your eye not ur heart or mind.....as long as Hawkie keeps his opinion restricted to idiot box he is not a MCP....wud u agree?

RamMmm said...

:) She was last seen (by me on TV) in the finals of the Airtel Super Singer Junior 2 in the invited audience. Looked a bit jaded, but she rocked in those times. :)

I said...

Babs, I meant some disgruntled chick was going to type what I typed.

Also, cliche alert: I don't have to be X to desire X.

Soon matrimonial ads will look like, "wanted: ugly, fat, dark and old woman. BA history preferred, unemployable albeit concerned about loonie liberal causes. Strongly prefer no cooking skills."

But kali has not muthified so much. It is still in the process of. Should be done in another few years.

Anonymous said...

Babs,

It's similar to how some girls might feel about below average looking actors like Rajini, Vishal, Murali, Dhanush...

-M

Sachita said...

90% of the tamil heroes are bad looking anyway.

And I, true kali kaalam would be - wanted tall, fair handsome investment banker boy who could cook, clean and can manage work and home as he is domesticated yet career oriented.

Hawkeye, werent you the guy who liked Namitha?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous...tastes differ i guess; guys like Rajni and Vishal look pretty good. So what if they are dark skinned?

Anonymous said...

Pertinent fact: Amala was a long-term student of dance at Kalakshetra. That explains those graceful moves and dancing eyes.

I first saw her in Pesum Padam, the silent movie. Knocked out is no mere phrase.

Anonymous said...

Anon,

Like you said taste differ. Rajini wasn't looking 'pretty good' even after all the white skin morphing in Sivaji. Skin color is not what am talking about, but the entire package. The actors I mentioned can never be categorized as 'handsome' in the real sense.

blackaccord said...

Amala is one heroine who would look stunning in any kind of costume...Its a true statement about tamil heroines and their figure.. Radha who used to look like a wrestling mania gal was ruling the tamil cinema in the 80s along with her 'attu' sister ambika.. I think Gowthami and shobana in the late 80s' early 90's and Simran in the late 90s were the only ones who were slim.. my favs of amala's movies are Sathya, pesum padam, Uthama purushan, agni *, mounam sammatham and the list keeps growing..:)

Alan Smithee said...

I saw a recent picture of her in a function. She still looks hot.

Anonymous said...

Amala looks like some TB patient. Never liked her. She couldn't act for shit.

S.Ganesh Kumar said...

Without doubt the most beautiful actress of 1980s and also the genuine 'Glamorous heroine' of Tamil cinema.
She still looks beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Anon,

Would you act or do anything for 'shit'? No one in their right mind would do that! ;-)

Abhi said...

You like fincher? he is out with the social network next.its a movie on facebook.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytKQuHtvB5w&feature=player_embedded
this is the trailer.

MaySan said...

The super thing abt Amala is she looks good even without makeup. Our high school had a meditation camp kind of thing and she participated in it and she looked stunning even then, without any make up, right in the morning.

Maddy said...

Looked damn good in TR's MEK and Satya.

Never looked so hot as in JEEVA.

ms said...

amala in "pushpak". enough said.

Anonymous said...

good figure, no ass though, no guy wants to say that of course..

Anonymous said...

nalla figure, no ass though!

tamil woman said...

This same guy got all worked up when another blogger called vulturo commented that he thinks "madrasi" chicks are all ugly and fat. And now he can't stop ranting about how Amala was the only reprieve among all the ugly fatass tamil heroines of the 80s and 90s.

Atleast that guy vulturo had the guts to accept his prejudices, while this one can't (though he belongs to the same tribe which thinks madrasi chicks are ugly and fat) while pronouncing all those above Tamil heroines as ugly. What a hypocrite!

Me thinks most tamil men are bloody hypcoritical like you (this explains why we tamil women have to put up with fuckugly heroes like rajni, vishal, danush etc etc only because insecure tamil men want to see someone who look as ugly as them on screen). Why we tamil women will never get to see a handsome John Abraham or hrithik roshan as heroes, because you guys really can't stand them can you?

Anonymous said...

I liked her acting in 'Shiva', 'Pushpak' etc. Agreed, she was charming compared to many other south indian heroines. But was she that talented? her acting in some hindi movies like 'Dost', 'jurrat' and 'Dayavan' sucked. she looked totally disinterested in these movies. Also, considering she is frm Kalakshetra, her dances were not that great. No comparison to say Shobhana who is superb in dancing. amala is cute and charming, a glamorous heroine. Never won any awards either. Correct me if I am wrong.

Rinki said...

She is overrated. cute and charming yes but not that great as an actress. Never known as adancing star either unlike Jaya pradha or sridevi. considering she is from Kalakshetra, one expects more. Often looked like a TB patient.