“Naan oru thadava sonna… Nooru thadava sonna mathiri… (If I say it once, it’s equivalent to having said it a 100 times)” – It is probably one such dialogue from blockbuster Baasha that crossed the borders and reached the non-Tamilain communities all across India. After 18 years, we have discovered a connection with an English novel and it has paved way for people to assume that the dialogue was copied from renowned Jane Austen’s novel.
Jane Austen’s novel ‘Emma’ has a line which reads, “If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a 100 times.” The novel was published in 1815. Interestingly, Rajnikanth’s popular line has also the same meaning. It has now made people in media circles to raise the question whether director Suresh Krishna was inspired from the dialogue or it was just a co-incident.
The Tamil dialogue stands top from all his other punch dialogues. It may be because Baasha gave Rajnikanth a new mass image in the role of a don in Tamil films and took him to the new heights. Well, whether it is copied or it just happened by accident, it has to be only answered by Suresh Krishna. Isn’t?