Vikram is one of my favorite South Indian actors. I hope he will be welcomed into Hindi films on the heels of Dhanush.
Movie: This song appeared in 2005 Oscar Films’ runaway hit 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.
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.
Ambi’s and Nandini’s families form a group and decide to go for the Tyagaraja Music Festival in Tillai, Tamil Nadu. Ambi goes with them just to be with Nandini, despite a lot of work. While traveling on a train, Ambi takes the Ticket Checker to task for the caterers supplying substandard food to the non-maintenance of the toilets. Ambi’s friend Chari (Vivek) tricks everyone to make Ambi and Nandini take the opposite upper berths. They converse about things other than the topic required. He again calls the TC for the non-working of the fans. Nandini gets quite fed up with the whole thing.
After reaching Tillai, Ambi proposes his alliance for Nandini to her parents through a letter, saying that giving a love letter to a girl is morally wrong. During the festival when most of the people in their group are singing, he thinks he is singing this song with Nandini.
Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Vairamuthu and the music was composed by Harris Jairaj.
The man sings, “O beauty from an Iyengar family, a beauty like you has not been born and if she will be born in future, she will be our child.” The girl replies, “There is no man as good and naïve as you. If the beloved is good and keeps his love hidden, it will be troublesome for the girl.”
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 Sada in different Bharatanatyam poses. Other girls are also seen dancing. Vikram appears and he begins to sing this song. He catches hold of Sada’s hand and she blushes. Then, they are seen swinging slowly on a golden swing. The different backgrounds and sets shown are worth a dekho.
In between, Sada is seen performing steps of filmi style Bharatanatyam and singing a few lines of the song. I said filmi style because in the actual classical dance there is not much movement of the waist, which is seen here. There are several changes in the costumes, going with the theme of a dream sequence.
Soon, the song peters out and the video ends as all the dancers disappear from view except for the lead pair in the center and one girl stands up to do a Namaste.
Artists: The playback of this song has been sung by Hariharan and Harini and the onscreen performances are by Vikram, Sada and others.
Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song has a lot of Carnatic Classical influence on it and the dialect is typical of Tamil Brahmins. Vikram’s comic expressions and antics are worth watching. The song and artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.