In the next few posts, I am planning to write about some of my favourite scenes/songs in Mani Ratnam’s movies. Just thinking about some scenes brings a smile to your face or makes you remember other favourite scenes in the movie. I will start with ‘Anjali’ and then move on to other MR’s films.
This is the first ever movie that I saw in theatre. Even now, I praise my Dad for his fore-sightedness for having taken me to the theatre to watch a Mani Ratnam’s movie knowing that I would become a die-hard fan of his movies in the future. 😉 Since I was a kid at that time, I don’t remember much about what I felt after seeing the movie or whether did I even feel anything. 😉
Apart from the scenes featuring the kids in the apartment that I am sure everyone enjoys watching, there is one particular scene that I like a lot. The scene where Anjali comes home and walks towards her brother and sister, she misses a step and falls down. When Revathy rushes to help her, Raghuvaran stops her. Here, we see a mother’s concern for her child. Besides, she is not even familiar with her child’s condition at that time. The father knows that his child has to learn to help herself. Anjali on seeing her siblings wants to go to them since she has spent more time only with kids. The brother and sister don’t know how to react. They are yet to come to understanding with the fact that their sister is not ‘like them’. Only one scene and everything is shown! Wow!
One more scene is where Anjali shows her concern for her brother when he is hurt by other kids in the apartment. The brother gets touched seeing his sister’s concern for him and the way a new bonding begins among the three siblings is brilliantly shown!
But for the ‘Star Wars’ song, I enjoy watching all the other songs in this movie.
Mouna Ragam is one of my moooost favourite Mani Ratnam’s movies. Each and every scene in the film portrays the emotions felt by the characters so beautifully.
A girl, who has lost her very first love in her life, falls in love once again with another guy. The dilemma she faces when she realizes that she has fallen in love once again and doesn’t want to leave her guy and go, her inability to express it to him directly and waiting for him to stop her from going, his feelings when he realizes that he doesn’t want her to leave him and go though he is still being unsure about whether she likes him or not, all these can be depicted so beautifully only by Mani Ratnam!
Talking about the characters in this movie, I am not sure if you can find such a nice and understanding guy like Chandrakumar (the character played by Mohan) or is he a bit too nice guy? 😉 When Revathy’s parents come to their house, Mohan behaves in a hostile manner and later tells her that he wanted her parents to think that she would be better off without him. What a scene!
Then, there are the scenes featuring Revathy and Karthik that everyone loves! Those are scenes that are so typical of Mani Ratnam’s movies.
The song ‘Manram vandha’ is my all-time favourite in this movie. This is one of the few songs of which I like the lyrics. ‘naNbargaL poley vaazhvadharku maalayum meLamum thevai enna’, ‘thaamarai maele neer thuLi poal thalaivanum thalaiviyum vaazhvadhenna’ – I love these lines! These lines exactly depict what’s happening in the movie at that point of time.
I will come up with the next post soon. Till then, enjoy recollecting the wonderful scenes from these two movies. 🙂