Song: Manjal Mugame
Originally sung by: Saindhavi
Cover by: Revathi
In the recent days, Kizhakku Pookum (Anwar) a Malayalam song kept taking rounds in Muziboo. As I kept listening to it, got reminded of 'Manjal Mugame'. I think they might be based on same raaga, Carnatic rasikas can confirm.
I'm not sure how popular this song was at the time of its release. But I just love the tune. I didn't find a K track so ending up making a vocal cut. It is half baked and you will notice volume flying up and down between my verses and the chorus, request you to bear with it. I have not been keeping well in the past week, so that may be noticeable too. That's all from Disclaimer deck :)
Something to chew around this song.. okay to start with, I have always wondered why Hanuman Slokam was required in this song!? Anyone?? Moving on, Tamil films have some standard visuals for songs such as this - Vandathey from Kizhakku Vaasal, Thoodu Selvathaaradi from Singaravelan, Paatu Solli from Azhagi. The female movie watchers (fanatics) will understand what I mean - from costume (Yellow silk saree for sure!) to accessories - they are all stereotyped... but still beautiful. Choreography in this song is especially noteworthy - and yes, I cannot be more sarcastic about it! Another weird aspect is to literally try and capture the metaphorical lyrics on screen. I think most film makers assume that general audience deserve no credit and can be graded with zero intelligence. Subtlety is beyond our scope. Here is a for-instance that amuses me - New York Nagaram song carries this lyrics - Naangu kannadi suvarkalukulle naanum meluguvarthiyum Thanimai Thanimayo - so director thought it would add value if the hero sat in a restaurant with glass windows all around with a candle in his table.GRRR :-O Not to mention that 'New York' nagaram song was shot in Swiss (look for its flag).. Unbelievable! Manjal Mugame has one too - lyricist did a grave mistake of writing this line - Baaram Thaanga Vandha Vizhudhey..Marathin Vaeraaii Aana Amuthey - so the heroine runs to a tree and hugs it.. symbolizing 'marathin vaeraai' possibly!! :-((
Jokes apart, I wanted to do this song for Vasanth. I was not in the best of my times when I met him.. truly god-send and a blessing in disguise. So here goes :)