In 1984, the movie “Jiyukkai” was released with Sivaji Ganesan, Ambika, Pandian, Silk Smita, Jaishankar in the lead roles. The film was directed by CV Rajendran. The film was produced by Chitra Lakshmanan.
One day after the shooting of the film was over, Chitra Lakshmanan went to see Sivaji Ganesan in person. Then Sivaji Ganesan said, “Have you seen the whole movie of life? How did the film come?” He asked.
Chitra Lakshmanan said, “I saw the film. It has come out very well. “I, CV Rajendran, who watched the film with me, everyone’s eyes were disturbed in many scenes,” he said.
Then Sivaji Ganesan said, “If you are not satisfied with any scene in the film, tell me, I will act again.” When Chitra Lakshmanan spoke about this in his interview…
“Shivaji sir asked that because of my lack of experience and because of my age, I told Shivaji ‘it seems that it would be good if you retake just one scene, your performance in that one scene alone is a little gummy’. What a great actor Sivaji is. Who am I to criticize his performance?
Life is the second film I have produced. But for Shivaji it was the 242nd film. I said to such an actor, ‘Your performance could have been a little better’. Shivaji Ganesan also agreed to act in that scene.
Chitra Lakshmanan was shocked when Sivaji Ganesan said he would re-enact the scene. As he said, Sivaji Ganesan came the next week and performed. Producer Chitra Lakshmanan has spoken very eloquently about the generosity of actor Thilak.