01/11Valentine’s Day special: Evergreen pairs of Tamil cinema
Say love, and what comes to mind are some legendary on-screen couples who sizzled their way into the audience’s hearts with their pairing and chemistry. In fact, a few of them later went on to become couples in real life, and some relationships even courted controversies. Here they are, on Valentine’s Day, today, reminding us how love worked over the ages in cinema; they remain evergreen, thanks to their iconic performances and bonding on screen. The celebrated pairs are…
02/11Valentine’s Day special: Evergreen pairs of Tamil cinema
MGR-Jayalalithaa: MG Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa, both former CMs of Tamil Nadu, and also one of the most iconic Kollywood pairs, gave us some legendary movies together. Amidst all the rumours that always swirled around them, the actors had shared screen space in blockbusters like Adimai Penn, Ayirathil Oruvan, Engal Thangam, etc. Interestingly, MGR fans also loved watching him emote with Saroja Devi.
03/11Valentine’s Day special: Evergreen pairs of Tamil cinema
Sivaji Ganesan-Padmini: The most celebrated couple of the 60s and 70s was the legendary Sivaji Ganesan and Padmini. Both of them acted together in close to 60 films — Thillana Mohanambal, Uthama Puthiran, Vietnam Veedu, Thenum Paalum… the list goes on. Their bonding in Thillana Mohanambal, a musical, and the family drama Vietnam Veedu — are remembered even today, thanks to their outstanding performances and sizzling on-screen chemistry.
04/11Valentine’s Day special: Evergreen pairs of Tamil cinema
Gemini Ganesan-Savitri: Their off-the-screen chemistry was more talked about than their on-screen scenes. The couple had paired up in several blockbusters like Pasamalar, Kappalottiya Thamizhan, Kalathur Kannamma, Manam Pola Mangalyam, etc. Interestingly, a few aspects of their life were portrayed in Nadigaiyar Thilagam, a biopic on Savitri. However, Gemini Ganesan’s daughter accused the film’s makers of glorifying the actress and depicting her father in a poor light.
05/11Valentine’s Day special: Evergreen pairs of Tamil cinema
Kamal Haasan-Sridevi: Watching Kamal Haasan and Sridevi together on screen is pure delight even today. One of the most irreplaceable pairs in the history of south cinema, the duo has acted together in more than 25 movies in different languages. Starting with Moondru Mudichu, the duo starred in much-talked about movies like Pathinaru Vayathinile, Moondram Pirai, Sigappu Rojakkal, Guru… However, Kamal, who was visibly emotional upon hearing the news of Sridevi’s demise, said they were fond of each other, and that they grew up like a brother and sister.
06/11Valentine’s Day special: Evergreen pairs of Tamil cinema
Rajinikanth-Sripriya: The actress-turned-director shared a good chemistry with the Superstar in many movies like Billa, Pollathavan and Thanikattu Raja to name a few. She was the most sought-after heroine for Rajinikanth once, apart from Radikaa, who also made a striking pair with him. Interestingly, Sripriya chose Kamal’s party Makkal Needhi Maiam as she preferred him over Rajini with regard to her stand in politics. But she maintains that she shares a cordial relation with both of them.
07/11Valentine’s Day special: Evergreen pairs of Tamil cinema
Prabhu-Khushbu: The actors shared screen space in many films such as Chinnathambi, Vetri Vizha and My Dear Marthandan, among others. In their hey day, they were one of the most lovable pairs in Kollywood, with rumours of a real-life pairing as well. But the duo decided not to act together due to personal reasons, after a point.
08/11Valentine’s Day special: Evergreen pairs of Tamil cinema
Ajith-Shalini: It was Amarkalam that brought this pair together on screen, and in real life, too. All the romance of this film seeped into their life, love blossomed, and they got married. While Shalini stopped acting post marriage, Ajith is still at it. However, the two still continue to give us relationship goals.
09/11Valentine’s Day special: Evergreen pairs of Tamil cinema
Vijay-Simran: Vijay is one star who shares a good chemistry with several actresses on screen. But his romance with Simran in Thullatha Manamum Thullum was pure magic — the USP of the movie was their pairing, and the actress, perhaps, remains the best jodi for the actor till date. In a recent interview, Simran, too, chose Vijay as her favourite co-star of all times.
10/11Valentine’s Day special: Evergreen pairs of Tamil cinema
Karthi-Tamannaah: Paiyaa, with the duo as a romantic pair, was a runaway hit. It was mostly due to the actors’ dazzling chemistry. A year later, they appeared in Siruthai, which again showed their awesome screen bonding. A few years later, they still sizzled the screen in Thozha with a flawless romantic act.