The original post was intended for just one song, but for no particular reason, I have decided to make this an Ulaga Nayakan post. I am not a great movie critic, and watched very few movies(across languages) growing up, but if there is one “hero” that I’d have to pick through all these years, it HAS to be this man. Here are ten songs(in no particular order).
32. Neela Vaanam from Manmadhan Ambu
I have no clue how this song propped up all of a sudden in the middle of a very random discussion with K last night. I remember how we used to trip over this song even before the movie came out. It HAD to play atleast once during our work commute and made many such mornings beautiful. The movie seemed so promising, we promptly went to watch it the weekend it was out, but it turned out to be such a dud. It is not possible to dislike the Marar man, but it was so disappointing to see Madhavan wasted thus. This song however, stood out – hard to believe it has its origins in the DSP stables(Yes, I am VERY prejudiced like that).
And of course, there was a huge hungama over the video. I personally thought it was beautiful, but there was a huge hate wave going around that the reverse motion was completely lifted from a Coldplay song. My two cents on copying/inspiration of ideas/music – I think it is perfectly ok to bring a novel concept implemented elsewhere in the world to an audience that is completely unaware of its exsitence. Only, PLEASE credit the original creator. I am fairly sure half the population of Tamil Nadu, which was the primary target audience for Manmadhan Ambu, had no clue about either Coldplay or the original video, or got to know of it only after all the hungama happened. So yeah, recreate something awesome, and give credit where it is due.<Note: No, I am not Deva’s onnu vitta Chitappa ponnu, and this is not about that kinda “inspiration” at all>
33. Poonguyil paadinaal nalla sangeetham from Nammavar
College politics/problems, well-defined relationships(Gautami-Kamal, Nagesh-Brinda Master, Kamal-Srividya) – I really liked this movie. Not sure if it did well though. And what a pretty song, no? Pretty in a way only SPB and Chitra can make it!
34. Nee oru kaadhal Sangeetham from Nayakan
This film has been dissected and analysed so much that there is really nothing much left to say, except that it is one of my favorite movies ever. Whattey cult movie! Mano, FTW in this song. Chitra – usual perfection.
35. Poovasam porappadum penne from Anbe Sivam
Yet another favorite, favorite movie of mine. I think I’ll never tire of this movie – the angst, the love, the hope, the despair, the joy – everything soo beautifully put across in understated performances by BOTH Kamal and Maddy. Oh how I love this movie! And this song, a Vidyasagar gem!
Meghathai ematri mann serum mazhai pole
madiyodu vizhundhaaye vaaa..
36.Valai Osai from Sathya
Haven’t watched the movie, but this song is sheer IR magic. Served with a fantastic topping of Kamal-Amala chemistry.
Few more songs that almost constantly feature on my playlist(though I haven’t watched some of these movies) and are total gems:
37. Nee Partha Paarvai from Hey Ram
For IR. Period.
38. Unnai kaanadhu naan from Vishwaroopam
For SEL, the awesome Shankar Mahadevan. Btw, Kaapi or dwijawanti ?
39. Swasame from Tenali
Love everything about the movie and song, except Sadhana Sargam. Not a big fan of her singing in general, especially in Tamil.
40. Enthan Nenjil Neengatha from Kalaignan
For the one and only Yeshudas and the beautiful Nalinakanthi!
41. Idhazhil Kadhai ezhudhum from Unnal Mudiyum Thambi
IR – the beauty of the composition!
The list would be incomplete without the mention of Sundari Neeyum, which is an all time favorite and has already featured in this series.