Sukumari – Shankar/Harini – Haris Jairaj – Vikram/Sada | Anniyan (2005)

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This is one of my favorite Tamil movies. It deals with a different storyline and gives a resounding message.

Movie: This song appeared in 2005 Oscar Films’ Tamil psychological thriller Anniyan (Stranger) directed by S Shankar and produced by V Ravichandran. The movie starred Vikram, Sada, Vivek, Prakash Raj, Nassar, Nedumudi Venu, etc. The movie received phenomenal success in the South. It was dubbed into Telugu as Aparichitalu and Hindi as Aparichit in 2006. It was also dubbed in French and released in countries where French is spoken, by Columbia Tristar. The Hindi version was considered a flop. But the Tamil movie took away 8 Filmfare Awards, 6 State Film Awards and a National Award in the Special Effects category.

Ramanujam Iyengar aka Ambi (Vikram) comes from an orthodox Brahmin and an honest consumer protection advocate from Triplicane, Chennai. He is idealistic and law-abiding. He is so naïve that he expects everyone to follow the rules and the law and prosecutes the violators. He is in love with his neighbor and classical singer, Nandini (Sada). But, he is never confident enough to propose to her. One day, they meet in a bus and she makes him sit beside her on a ladies-only seat to avoid an eve-teaser. At that time, he is transported to dreamland and he thinks that he is singing this song with some of his friends.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Vairamuthu and the music was composed by Harris Jairaj.

The gist of the song is, “O beautiful girl, O decked up girl, with beauty accessories, you are my beloved. My heart is blowing up with your love. I am gasping for breath. I cannot control myself. I am afraid I might be rejected. So, I have kept my feeling hidden from you. My heart is a flower and argument is going on inside the flower.”

Video: Cinematography is by V Manikandan (left the project halfway) and Ravi Varman. Dance choreography is by Kalyan-Ahmad Khan-Raju Sundaram.

The video opens with Vikram being hidden by Vivek in front of the camera. Vivek and another male actor are standing in front and behind the leading man and move from side to side revealing Vikram. They are all wearing typical Brahmin’s clothes. The 2 other actors begin to sing the song. Sada is squatting in front of a house and drawing a rangoli.

Vikram and the other male actors approach Sada and Vikram begins to sing. Another male actor comes forward to sing to her. But, Vivek scolds him to move away. As Vikram continues to sing, Sada moves away from him. They move into a large field full of flower plants, after a change of clothes. The other male actors also join them in the fields, singing.

There is another change of clothes. Sada begins to dance in a tulip field. There is another change of dress. Vikram offers a red flower to Sada, which she does not take and runs away from there. Sada also sings a few lines. Soon, the song peters out and the video ends with the male actors singing as they walk behind the lead pair.

Artists: The playback of this song has been sung by Shankar Mahadevan and Harini and the onscreen performances are by Vikram, Sada, Vivek and others.

Cultural Influence: This song has a lot of Keralite Carnatic Classical influence on it. Vikram’s comic expressions and antics are worth watching. The song and artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.

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