Movie – Chandramukhi (2005)
The song, Konja neram konja neram, 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 uncles 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 a song, with a folk touch, that says that music is present in everything. Durga apologizes and leaves. Saravanan has to leave the town because one of his patients is serious.
Once Saravanan leaves, problem crops up in the Vettaiyapuram mansion. Strange things begin to happen involving Ganga and the people living in the mansion blame Durga. Luckily, Saravanan returns and begins to clarify that he had accepted the stay of Senthil and Ganga in the mansion only because that he was assured of their safety.
Saravanan and Durga seem to have fallen in love with each other. Durga imagines this song at this point.
Song – Konja neram konja neram
The lyrics of the song, Konja neram konja neram, were penned by Yugabharathi and set to tune by Vidyasagar.
The girl asks, “Can’t you speak to me amorously at least for some time?” The man replies, “Can’t you exceed limits while being amorous?”
Video – Konja neram konja neram
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 Rajnikanth walking toward the camera in his patent style at scenic locales. Nayantara joins him and they begin to dance. As usual, the dance is made up of very simple steps, which is an injustice to Nayantara.
Nayantara also begins to sing and he replies to her through the song. There is a change of location and dresses. Nayantara gets bold and kisses him. Though the actual kissing is not shown, we can understand the intimate action. This is typical of older films in India.
There is another change of location and dresses. They continue to sing and dance. After a couple of more changes in the locations and dresses, the narration comes back to the present where Nayantara is sitting on a couch and daydreaming. The song and the video end there.
Asha Bhonsle and Madhu Balakrishnan have sung this song for Nayantara and Rajnikanth.
This is a typically romantic song, based on Raga Sriranjani. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.