Today’s second post is the analysis of the song, Raa raa, from the Tamil movie Chandramukhii (2005). The song has been analyzed on the basis of its context and visualization.
Movie – Chandramukhi (2005)
The song, Raa raa, 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. Later, Kandaswamy insists that nobody goes to the forbidden back part of the house.
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. Saravanan and Durga seem to have fallen in love with each other.
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.
Things go to the extent of Senthil’s coffee getting poisoned and other accidents. When a fish aquarium made of glass almost kills Senthil and apparently Durga was responsible for it, Saravanan locks her up in a room. An exorcist, Ramachandra Acharya (Avinash) is employed by Kandaswamy, who gets miffed by Saravanan’s attitude and behavior.
Kandaswamy’s firstborn, Priya (Malavika) is in love with a dancer professor, Vishwanathan (Vineeth) and she makes him live in the house in front of the Vettaiyapuram mansion. Kandaswamy’s family approaches him for a matrimonial alliance with Priya, after Saravanan informs them of the love matter. On the D-day of their engagement, Ganga accuses Vishwanathan of a rape attempt.
When Saravanan reveals to all that Ganga is afflicted with a psychological issue, everybody’s ire turns on him. Kandaswamy tries to throw him out of the house. But, Ramachandra Acharya stops them and informs them of his recent meeting with Saravanan. All misunderstandings cleared, they concentrate on treating Ganga. Saravanan organizes the exorcism of Ganga, with the help of Ramachandra Acharya. Vishwanathan is assigned the job of luring her to the Pooja area. This is because Ganga has episodes of change of character.
Ganga often thinks that she is the dancer, Chandramukhi and also assumes that Vishwanathan is Chandramukhi’s boyfriend, Gunasekharan. The dancer was captured by the King of Vettaiyapuram from Andhra Pradesh. Chandramukhi makes her boyfriend stay at the house opposite the mansion. The king later kills her and her boyfriend.
Ganga has been locked in her room. But, she escapes from the locked room and performs this dance with Vishwanathan, as he entices her toward the Pooja area. Senthil, Saravanan and Vishwanathan are watching Chandramukhi’s forbidden room, hiding behind a wooden curtain.
Song – Raa raa
The lyrics of the song, Raa raa, were penned by Bhuvanachandra and set to tune by Vidyasagar.
The girl beckons her supposed beloved through this song.
Video – Raa raa
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 sound of heavy anklets and Prabhu, Rajnikanth and Vineeth do an about-turn at their hiding place. The trio checks the locked room. Shockingly, the bed is empty but the lock is intact. The trio return to their hiding place in Chandramukhi’s room.
The music has already begun. A bedraggled female figure is performing Bharatanatyam. It is Jyotika. Prabhu is utterly stunned. She looks out of the window at the opposite house. Rajnikant reveals that during nights, she performs this dance there.
Vineeth joins her and she is thrilled. The pair perform as Ganga-Vishwanathan as well as Chandramukhi-Gunasekharan. Prabhu is reduced to tears. Soon, Vineeth welcomes Jyotika toward the main hall of the house.
Jyotika thinks that Rajnikanth, in the king’s costume, is coming down the staircase with some hunter dogs. Jyotika, in Chandramukhi’s costume, looks at Rajnikath with attitude. Vineeth, in Gunasekharan’s costume, gestures that he would better leave.
But, Jyotika tells him to wait. On a signal from Rajnikanth, Jyotika continues her dance. Vineeth also joins her in the dance. When they are immersed in the dance, Rajnikanth stands up and a dog barks.
Everybody in the king’s court gets up. Rajnikanth sings a few dance ‘chullus’, which do not mean anything literally. But, they are an important part of a classical dance item and steps are choreographed on them. Both the dancers perform on the ‘chullus’.
Rajnikanth hurries toward the dancers, saying the ‘chollus’. His earring drops on the floor when Vineeth’s forcefully performing hand hits his ear. Immediately, Rajnikanth stops the song and beheads the male dancer.
Jyotika is shocked and is in the midst of the jump. Rajnikanth picks up his earring and wears it in his empty ear. Now, he slows down the ‘chollus’. The beheaded male dancer is still dancing until the dead body falls down.
Rajnikanth kicks the head and Jyotika comes down from her jump, with a scream. The song ends abruptly. The video also ends at this point.
Binny Krishna Kumar and Tippu have sung this song for Jyotika and Vineeth. Rajnikanth, Prabhu and others are seen in the video.
This is a typical dance song in Telugu because the Character of Chandramukhi is from Andhra Pradesh. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.