Movie – Chandramukhi (2005)
The song, Kokku para para, 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 and test the ground for the safe stay of Senthil and Ganga, on a bullock cart.
On reaching the village, Saravanan is welcomed by the family thinking that he is Senthil, despite Saravanan telling them otherwise. Akhilandeshwari has gone to visit their family temple. In her absence, Saravanan visits the Vettaiyapuram mansion with Senthil’s uncle Murugeshan (Vadivelu). The mansion has not been taken care of for a while. There is no light inside nor does the sunlight enter inside. The place looks horrifying and Murugeshan has a very bad time.
When they return, Akhilandeshwari is back and demands to know where Senthil is. She deduced that Saravanan is not the bridegroom from the fact that he came via a bullock cart and she believes that Senthil would not travel via the cheap vehicle. Senthil and Ganga arrive in a car at that moment and announce that the couple is shifting to the Vettaiyapuram mansion. Akhilandeshwari insists that all of them come with the couple to stay there because of the dangers lurking in it. Her hidden intentions are to watch the death of the couple in the mansion.
The family decides to visit their family temple. Saravanan insists that they travel in bullocks. On the way, they meet the caretaker of the Vettaiyapuram mansion (Vijayakumar). When another of Senthil’s uncle Kandasamy (Nassar) asks him about his presence there, the caretaker replies that his granddaughter, Durga was flying kites with some kids. Saravanan and others stop there to join Durga. They sing this song at this point.
Song – Kokku para para
The lyrics of the song, Kokku para para, were penned by Na. Muthukumar and set to tune by Vidyasagar.
The song goes thus, “Crane fly, Hen fly. Myna fly. Peacock fly. Dear kite of mine, fly.”
Video – Kokku para para
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 the travelers beginning to fly kites where Nayantara is doing the same. The music begins with the kids starting the chorus. Nayantara begins to sing the song. Jyotika and other girls from the traveling group join Nayantara in the song.
Rajnikanth walks toward them with a kite. Soon, he cuts of the thread of Nayantara’s kite. The other men also join in the dance. Nassar and Vinaya Prasad (who plays Nassar’s wife in the movie) are also in the group.
Malvika (who plays Nassar’s first daughter Priya in the movie) joins Nayantara for a few seconds. The song rises to a crescendo, as the camera pans to the sky. The song ends abruptly. The video ends as all the kites in the sky gather together to form the words ‘Super Star’.
Tippu, Manikka Vinayagam and Rajakumari have sung this song for Rajnikanth, Prabhu, Nassar, Jyotika, Nayantara, Vinaya Prasad and Malvika. Other actors are also seen in the video-song.
There is not much cultural influence on the song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.