Actress Lakshmi, who was one of the leading stars till not long ago, said she could reach the top only because she started as a stage artiste. But today one can become an actress overnight. A single successful film would take such actors to great heights. But their fall is also as quick as their rise, for they mainly lack talent, Lakshmi observed ruefully.
Stressing that theatre is the training ground and springboard for cine actors, Lakshmi said she also found that present-day actors do not have 'bhakti' for cinema and a sense of dedication for their work. "They don't' know how to pronounce Tamil words .One who has no command of the language, cannot do a fulfilling job," she remarked.
Lakshmi was speaking after Y.Gee Mahendran announced at a press meet that United Amateur Artiste, founded by his father, Y.G. Parthasarathy, will be celebrating its 60th anniversary from Sept.23 to Sept.30 at Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai.
Mahendran said many of those who were part of this body of stage artistes entered cinema and were catapulted to stardom. Among them were Chief Minister Jayalalitha's mother Sandhya, aunt Vidya, Rukmani and her daughter Lakshmi. 'Cho' Ramaswamy, Mouli and Visu.
Director K. Balachander, Cho, Ram and stage director ARS will be participating as special guests in the eight-day programme to commemorate the occasion. There will be stage plays every evening. Superstar Rajinikanth and K.J. Yusudas will attend the valedictory function on Sept.30.