Today’s second post is the analysis of the song, Arabic kuttu, from the Tamil movie, Beast (2022). The song has been analyzed on the basis of its context and picturization.
Movie – Beast (2022)
The song, Arabic kuttu, was featured in the Sun Pictures’ comic action movie, Beast (2022), directed by Nelson. The movie starred Vijay, Pooja Hegde, etc.
Veera (Vijay) is a RAW agent and is traumatized while during his mission of stopping a terrorist from escaping a particular place in Kashmir, an innocent child he knew comes into the field of the missile and dies. Then, Veera has to visit a psychiatrist for several months. It so happens that while counselling Veera, the psychiatrist gets into depression and has to consult a senior psychiatrist, paying 1000 bucks more for the consultation than Veera does.
On the suggestion of the senior psychiatrist, Veera’s psychiatrist takes his patient to a North Indian wedding, in a bid to distract him from his trauma. At the wedding, a girl (Pooja Hegde) comes along to hook her arm in his and tells her friends that Veera is of the right height for her compared to the groom selected for her.
Veera’s psychiatrist leaves his patient with the girl, giving the excuse that he is going to gift the newlyweds something he had brought and instructing the girl to take care of Veera, for he should not get lost. The girl tells Veera he could hold her hand if he was frightened to be alone. Veera says that the doctor hasn’t brought any present with him and warns her to stay away from him or he might get intimate with her. Then, he moves away from her.
The girl moves to a stage and begins to perform this song, beckoning him to join her.
Song – Arabic kuttu
The lyrics of the song, Arabic kuttu, were penned by Shiva Kartikeyan and set to music by Anirudh Ravichandar.
The song goes thus, “I dreamed of my Beloved. She is finally here.”
Video – Arabic kuttu
Cinematography is by Manoj Paramahamsa. The dance choreography is by Jani Master.
The video opens with some girls moving away from the dance floor. Vijay is seen sitting on a throne holding a live peacock. Pooja Hegde is bring brought on a small chariot by 2 dark complexioned men.
Some men are standing behind Vijay. These men have both dark and fair complexions. There’s a girl, too, near him. The lead pair approaches each other and they size each other up. Vijay stands on an elevated platform and jerks his limbs, like an epileptic.
Pooja Hegde and other male and female dancers join him in the dance. Some belle dancers are also performing among them. The dancers are wearing hilarious costumes and I guess intentionally.
Soon, the song and the video end abruptly as Pooja places her torso on Vijay’s thigh as he stands on one foot.
Anirudh Ravichandar and Jonita Gandhi sang this song for Vijay and Pooja Hegde. Other actors are also seen in this video.
There is a combination of Arabic and Tamil folk dance, Kuttu, on this song. Though, Vijay is the reigning king of this song. As far as the heroine is concerned, the choreographer and the dress designer have basically focused on her physical assets, rather than her dancing skills. But I’ve got to admit. The music is a feet-tapping one. No wonder the song is very popular worldwide.