Movie – Chandramukhi (2005)
The song, Athinthom, 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.
Since the time Saravanan meets Durga, he keeps teasing her. The next day morning, Durga is conducting a music class when Saravanan, woken up from a deep sleep, disrupts the class. The next day, Saravanan sends the students off to watch a movie in a theater while Durga is waiting for them. Her grandfather tells her not to take the classes during the stay of Saravanan. Despite being discouraged by her grandfather; she goes inside the mansion to confront her tormentor. Inside, Saravanan has a galaxy of musical instruments readily kept for her, including her harmonium. Durga refuses to use them and stammers that her harmonium has been tarnished by the touch of a non-music enthusiast like him, who knows nothing about music. Saravanan sings this song at this point.
Song – Athinthom
The lyrics of the song, Athinthom, were penned by Pa. Vijay and set to tune by Vidyasagar.
The man says that music is present everywhere.
Video – Athinthom
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 Nayantara asking Vijayakumar, why her students have not attended her music class that day. Vijayakumar replies that they would not be coming. A kid called Bommi approaches her to say that Rajnikanth had given the kids money to watch a movie that day.
Vijayakumar tells Nayantara not to conduct the music classes during Rajnikanth’s stay in the mansion. Nayantara goes to confront Rajnikanth. She asks him, “You can send the kids to a movie with your money. But, can you buy music with the same money?”
Rajnikanth replies removing a cloth laying behind him on the floor, “I have already bought music.” He has made a proper music room for her! Rajnikanth has a galaxy of musical instruments readily kept for her, including her harmonium.
Nayantara refuses to use them and stammers that her harmonium has been tarnished by the touch of a non-music enthusiast like him, who knows nothing about music. She stomps off the room and Rajnikanth begins this song at this point.
Nayantara returns to the room and sees Prabhu playing the harmonium. She thinks that Prabhu was singing the song and is about to leave when Rajnikanth reveals himself singing. Vadivelu appears in a dance stance.
The kid Bommi and Vinaya Prasad (who plays Nassar’s wife in the movie) come that way to enjoy the song. Prabhu, Rajnikanth and Vadivelu begin to dance. Simple steps because Rajnikanth is not a great dancer.
Malvika (who plays Nassar’s first daughter Priya in the movie) and Suvarna (who plays Vadivelu’s wife in the movie) also come that way. Vinaya Prasad, Malvika and Suvarna join the dance.
Nayantara is embarrassed and close to tears. Nassar also comes that way, shocked. He tries to stop Vinaya Prasad from dancing, in the background. Rajnikanth displays his talents in performing quite a few musical instruments.
The kid Bommi joins in the song and dance sequence. The song rises to a crescendo and the song ends abruptly, with Rajnikanth ending the dance. There are some more dialogues between the different actors praising Rajnikanth before the video ends.
S P Balasubramanium and Vaishali have sung this song for Rajnikanth and Bommi. Nayantara, Prabhu, Vadivelu, Vinaya Prasad, Malvika, Suvarna, Nassar and other actors are also seen in the video-song.
This song has a folk touch to it. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.