Movie – Chandramukhi (2005)
The song, Devuda Devuda ezhumalai Devuda, was featured in the Sivaji Productions’ Tamil psychological horror-thriller Chandramukhi (2005) directed by P Vasu and produced by Ramkumar Ganesan. The movie starred Rajnikanth, Prabhu, Jyotika, Nayantara, Vadivelu, K R Vijaya, Sheela, etc.
Dr. Saravanan (Rajnikanth) is a psychiatrist and a good friend of Senthilnathan (Prabhu). Senthil’s father got married to Kasthuri (K R Vijaya) and his ties with his extended family deteriorated. Kasthuri had suggested that Senthil would get married to one of the girls from the extended family and Senthil’s father’s cousin Akhilandeshwari (Sheela) is in anticipation of the wedding. But, because Senthil got married to Ganga (Jyotika) and he has got a road-building contract in their native village, Kathuri fears that Akhilandeshwari would kill Ganga if they go to the village. Akhilandeshwari appears to be so dangerous.
Senthil says that he had bought the Vettaiyapuram mansion where the couple would live during the course of the stay. Kasthuri reveals that there are several horror stories associated with the mansion. That’s where Saravanan comes in. He promises that his best friend and his wife would not be hurt when they go to the village and begins his research about the mansion. Post his research, he leaves for the village in a bid to placate Senthil’s relatives, on a bullock cart. He sings this song on the way.
Song – Devuda Devuda ezhumalai Devuda
The lyrics were penned by Vaali and set to tune by Vidyasagar.
The song goes thus, “O Lord of the seven hills, cast a benevolent eye on us.”
Video – Devuda Devuda ezhumalai Devuda
The cinematography is by Sekhar V Joseph. Dance choreography is by D K S Babu/B H Tarun Kumar/Raju Sundaram/Kala/Brinda.
The video opens with some dialogues between some of the important characters of the movie. Vadivelu calls out to the character Senthil, played by Prabhu, to come fast. The next shot has a bullock cart coming toward the camera.
The music has begun and Rajnikanth is seen lying luxuriantly on hay in the back of the bullock cart. In the next shot, Rajnikanth is standing at the head of several other actors. Some aerial shots later, he begins to sing and sway, with the others.
The dance choreography is too simple, taking into consideration that Rajnikanth, though a Superstar, cannot dance well. The dancers are girls as well as men, some of them are wearing ascetic clothes.
Rajnikanth extolls the jobs of the menial workers, with such workers performing their jobs. The song ends abruptly as the bell in the nearby hill temple tolls. The video also ends as Rajnikanth and the other dancers take a bow together.
SPB or S P Balasubramaniam has sung this song for Rajnikanth. Vadivelu utters some dialogues for the benefit of Suvarna Mathew, who plays his wife in the movie. Other actors are also seen in the video-song.
There is not much cultural influence on the song. But, it is a modern prayer to the Lord Venkateshwara of Tirupati. Part of the song is in Telugu, perhaps because the song is addressed to the Lord, who lives in a Telugu-speaking state of India. The rest of the song is in Tamil. This is one of my favorite SPB croons. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.