தேன் நிலவு ! (Honey Moon) On 30th Sept 1961,this beautiful comedy,casting Gemini Ganesh,Vyjayanthi,Thangavelu directed by Sridar was released..Sridar was such a talented Director,for the First Time,he introuduced a Young Music Director with Kannadasan’s Lyrics,A.MRajah..For the first time,a Full length Tamil movie was taken in Kashmir..A rare comedy when both daughter and her father,both go for Honeymoon!Full length thamasha which one can never forget! Why I am writing about this movie today? I went for my Honeymoon in 74 to Kodaikanal. We were staying in Holiday Inn which is near the Golfclub on top most point of Kodaikanal..They used to have a Free shuttle service to the lake for Residents at fixed timings! Me and my wife were taking a leisurely walk at 5:45 PM around the Lake.The bus was supposed to leave near the Boatclub exactly at 7 PM!We saw the boatclub on the opposite side ,a few yards away and thinking it won’t take more than 15 mts,for reaching the place.Suddenly we saw a huge Bend ,a diversion of the lake,which stunned us..Means we cant make it on time! So We decided to ask for a lift! One gentleman driving a Fiat,was so nice to stop and open the car door..It was Gemini Ganesh.. My wife shouted “Hi Gemini Ganesh!” He replied coolly “Yes Mam..I am!” He understood our problems and said “Don’t worry..You have enough time to catch your bus.I will drop you there!” He was so nice to drop us on that day! The shuttle service,we cd make it on time..The shuttle Bus Driver, the way he drove us up,with one Headlight not functioning,inmates guiding him from slippery slopes..That was the most thrilling experience,we cd never forget in our life!
Again in 1982, with our two young kids,we decided to stay in the same Holiday Homes.Oneday,in the morning,when the shuttle was about to leave for the lake ,I told my wife,”I will be walking down the road.You can stop the bus and take me to the lake!”
While I was taking a walk,a car stopped by.. Again it was Gemini Ganesh,coming from Golf Club in shorts.. Coolly he asked “Shall I give a lift?” I explained my wife n kids were coming in the shuttle.He said “We will wait and tell them and take them too!” When the shuttle came,my wife said I cd go with Gemini and meet them at the lake..
So I alone got in! Gemini was so jovial..When he came to know I was working in Nigeria,he started telling his experience to go for a programme to Apartheid South Africa.Since,he cdn’t enter other countries,if SA visa was stamped,the Hosts,kept his passport at the Airport and he went inside,performed and came back!He insisted on coming to his Villa,on the lake! He was so nice introducing his wife Babji and showing around all his gardens with pine Trees..While Showing the main villa,which he had rented out to Mahindra and Mahindra,his wife Babji brought coffee..
He was so open introducing her “I live because of her..This is love..others are all Lust!”
Cdn’t believe he can be so frank to a stranger!
Another incident I cd recall is when I was a small boy!In Ramnad,they opened the first well built Theatre called Shanmuga.Gemini Ganesh was inaugurating and our Raja who was a Minister in Govt was the Chief Guest.The owner of the theatre,a student of my father,wanted him also to be present and bless him!My father refused the invitation saying “I dont know anything about filmdom!”Disappointed student,brought Gemini Ganesh himself to our house to persuade my father!Gemini Ganesh said,he had heard about my father from Kamala Hassan’s father Srinivasan so much!(my father and Srinivasan were very close friends.Infact Srinivasan insisted on his only daughter’s Arangetram in my eldest sister’s Wedding)
My father accepted the invitation and fulfilled his student’s wish too! Gemini was a great Happy Go Lucky Guy…He brought Happiness wherever he went!