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These are some of the cine headlines that appeared within a period of last three months. May be in the last 70 years of the history of Tamil cinema no other actress than Simran would have got embroiled in the rumour mill running around Kollywood. And finally Simran thought that she has had enough of it and called for a press meet last Sunday. No doubt she tried to remain calm and answer all the questions patiently. But she could not control her emotions completely. She smiled now and then and was angry many a time. However, she tried to remain and appear calm and collected. Here are the questions put to her and her answers to them.
Are you in love with Raju Sundaram?When I get married I will certainly announce it well ahead of the date. It is only you, the press people, who have conducted my marriage several times in the past even before I got the scent of it.
Are you in love with Raju Sundaram or not?Whoever be I am in love with. I will get married only after telling you all and inviting you all.
Is there any truth at all in the news items that appeared that you are in love with Raju Sundaram, or are they utter falsehood?Yes. It is true that I am in love with him
When are you getting married?It has not yet been decided.
But, only you have been speaking about being in love with Raju. He is not opening his mouth on this…Only he has to answer this question.
It is said that his mother has put a condition that you should not act in movies after the marriage and also that your mother has not agreed to this….Nothing to this effect has happened.
Have your parents and Raju’s parents spoken among themselves about your marriage?No. My mother and his mother have not met as yet.
When the entire Tamil film industry participated in the funeral of Sivaji, you were missing. Why was it you were missing?When I came to know of his death, I was in Hyderabad in a shooting. The circumstances did not permit the cancellation of the shooting immediately, to enable me to attend his funeral. And when I returned to Chennai, the funeral ceremonies were over by that time.
It was not only you. No actress from Mumbai in general, participated in the funeral.I do not about others. I respect him very much. I have acted in the film ‘Once more’ with him and I am proud of it. Please understand my situation. I could not attend the funeral because I was in a film shooting which could not be cancelled. This becomes an issue only if I was in Chennai and did not attend.
There have been scores of negative information about you for the past three months. What do you wish to say about them?That I am in love with Raju is an old news. But I was very much affected by the one that said that I am afflicted with some disease. Just think of it. How will you all be affected if your own sister or wife is rumoured about in this manner? I am not suffering from any disease and I did not undergo treatment for anything whatsoever.
Then what could be the reason for the rumour mill to run so? Do you think that this may be the handiwork of managers who were working for you till recently?May be. I am led to believe that. See, I appoint a manager only to look after my call sheet and receivables. I sent them out because they did not perform it properly. May be they were provoked by that and are spreading such rumours. But it would have been better if the press people checked them with me before publishing them.
But you are not accessible for us to do any verification…I have taken necessary action to see that it doesn’t happen any more. Please check such items with me before publication.
The role you have played in 12B has neither been considerable nor impressive…That was the role given to me in the movie.
There was an announcement that you are acting in ‘Three Roses’. But later you were not in the movie. What happened?I did not like the story. They are basing the movie on the English film, ‘Charlie Angel’. In the first instance, I was not impressed with the English movie itself. That’s the only reason for my not acting in ‘Three Roses’.
Are you playing the role of a liberation tiger in ‘Kannathil Muthamittal’, directed and produced by Mani Ratnam?No I am not. I am playing the role of a TV newsreader. Nandita Das is playing that role.
What are the other movies in which you are acting now?‘I Love You daa.’ This is a movie about cricket match fixing. Then, ‘Paarthaale Paravasam’ by K. Balachander, Pammal K. Sambandham with Kamal, ‘Tamil’ with Prashanth, ‘Udhaya’ with Vijay, and another with Mohanlal - a Nassar movie.
Rehman is scoring music for ‘Kannathil Muthamittal’, ‘Paarthaale Paravasam’ and ‘Udhaya’. The delay is due to the time that the music director takes. And then naturally some dates get postponed. In effect, it is Simran who becomes responsible for any delay and is blamed of bounced call sheets.
am acting in Telugu with Chiranjeevi, in ‘Daddy’ and another with Balakrishna. I am acting in the Hindi remake of ‘Thulladha manaum thullum’. Apart from all this, I will be doing an English movie directed by Dura Savar. It is about the deva dasis who lived in 1930s. The film will be shot in Thanjavur.
What is the problem with your sister Monal? You are living in separate houses…There is absolutely no problem. She is living alone because she wants to. It is her liking. There is no problem in our family. Me, my sisters (apart from Monal there is another sister by name Jothi, who will soon make her entry into filmdom) and my brother Sumith are all amiable, loving and affectionate.
Simran finished the press meet and started for her shooting in New Zealand. (Of course, she did not pick up any quarrel in the airport!) She conveyed her best wishes for Deepavali to all her fans.
--TamilmaganTr. By Hari Krishnan