Producer, marketing man, and now historian G Dhananjayan's magnum opus The Best of Tamil Cinema 1931-2010 was launched by 'Ulaganayagan' Kamal Haasan in the presence of other stars and directors from Kollywood.
The book is a comprehensive and precise documentation of Tamil Cinema from early days to present. A plethora of directors and stars sat through the three hour function, which started late by 45 minutes as the Chief Guest turned up late.
Audio visual clippings from 80 years of Tamil cinema were screened along with speeches by dignitaries.
The maximum claps were received for Sivaji Ganesan, MGR and Kamal Haasan clippings. Dhananjayan received a lot of accolades for his nearly three hard work in sourcing material and his dedication in showcasing Tamil cinema
Balu Mahendra remarked: "Only someone who is passionate about Tamil cinema could come up with such a professional and informative compilation."
Kamal Haasan praised Dhananjayan's efforts and said: "Hard work shows and I loved the AV as I was present in the second half. I hope to be a part of the third volume of the book in the coming years"
Dhananjayan acknowledged the incredible contribution of Tamil cinema chroniclers like Film News Anandan, writer Randor Guy and still photographers.
The book is the first real chronicling the history of Tamil cinema, and will be a treasure trove of information for students and lovers of cinema. The book will be published in Tamil in a few months time.
Those who attended the function include Kamal Haasan and Nadigar Sangam chief Sarath Kumar. The others were directors like veteran Singeetham Srinivasa Rao, Mahendran, Balu Mahendra, Parthipan, K Bhagyaraj and wife Poornima, Cheran, Mysskin, Vasanth, Sasi, Thangar Bachchan, Karu Palaniappan and Selvaraghavan.
Dhananjayan to sify.com: "I'm grateful to the film makers and legends, who graced the occasion and honoured my team, which worked on this project for the last two years. Their attendance and appreciations have greatly enhanced our resolve to work more for the Tamil film industry".