These two 80’s tamil movies started off with new entrants, in fresh new romances with two very diverse endings. The dutiful and binding, safe and sticking to traditions and respectful rights and wrongs and then the bold ones rebelling against traditions. The way these movies ended were hardly of importance compared to how they were landed at that climax. The movie in itself.
I was barely 10, and I am quite sure I didn’t go to the movies to watch them. It was a couple of years later when the VCR could be rented out for the weekend and cassettes brought home and mom had allowed us to sit along with them and watch. I do know that she was very displeased with Muthuraman’s son’s film, and was praising Pratap Pothen’s role in Suresh’s flick.
It didn’t matter to me. I was secretly having massive crushes on Karthik and Suresh (yes, I know they look like dorks, but hey, I was a child!) alternately. In fact I preferred Suresh then. Also the fact that they shot a few scenes at my school and also in Kodaikanal/Ooty (I forget which now) school. Familiar and identifiable, it was high school romances, something most girls and guys too I guess perhaps hope for. I was in an all-girls school, so no such luck on distractions of the hormonal kind while trying to figure out the periodic table, but it had its advantages. Girls spoke freely and loudly. Such joy I tell you, without having to worry about keeping it low, using code and well, one could shout “ooo, were you on the 8.15? did you see this Pratap on 47A? he did something to his hair, very cute!” and one more would scream across the hall “Guess what? I got a NOTE!” and then one more would whine “Damn, am early, damn why me, why now!?!“,and then there’d be one more discussing why she wasn’t as endowed as she wished despite doing her exercises and eating bunches of almonds (Don’t ask, I donno!).
Then of course after 12 years of such bliss, we come out into the real world, and are forced to be discreet. Bah! Luckily, blogs came along and here we are chattering whatever comes to mind with no remorse or embarrassment, just like good old times!
Okay, I’ve digressed as usual, but yea, the songs from these movies. Lovely tunes. Of course they were IR, he pretty much ruled those days, and rightfully so. What was and is still an appeal is that they were fresh. The faces, the themes in the way they were handled, settings, and the music. Movies were beginning to reflect the lives of youngsters and reality was creeping into the celluloid in a more tangible pleasing way.
Movie: Panneer Pushpangal.
Song: Ananda Ragam Ketkum Kalam
Through this song, you see the camaraderie, casualness, and the shy factor creeping in occasionally, the awe of youth and the bond of friendship building between the two. It’s cute. It is hormone driven to an extent but is shown as based on a likeness which has clarity to it, a reasoning behind it.
Song: Kaathal Oviyum
Movie: Azhaigal Oyvadillai
Actors: Karthik, Radha
This is love and desire all entwined. It’s plain and simply the lure of the youth and the way nature intended it. This song is much better in the way it was picturized as opposed to “ayiram thamarai“ which being an excellent melody with the tempo setting the background for some cozy (read: hot lyrics included) scenes, somehow pales next to the one below. My opinion, please don’t beat me up all you IR fans, and I know there are a bunch of you reading me.
Alaigal Oyvathillai was a bigger hit than Panneer Pushpanagal which remains my favorite. Not because they were goody two shoes, but just for the sweetness of it. Am sure they exist in telugu too, I just don’t know the names either to google them and no one was around to ask either! (yes, You, you know who you are, *glaring!)
Lovely tunes. Enjoy your Friday. :)