The first time I watched the trailer of this song, the colourful and joyous atmosphere, the foot-tapping beats, girls singing and dancing happily in a teasing tone and the eyes of the handsome hero and the heroine meeting each other were enough for me to like it instantly. I remember listening to the full song only after watching the trailer.
During the first few times when I listened to the song, I was lost so much in the music that I didn’t care much about the lyrics except for the first couple of lines of the song. But later, I started breaking my head trying to figure out the words of a few lines after the first two lines of the song. Soon, I knew the entire song except for those few lines. 😐 It was a long time before I finally came to know the lyrics of the entire song.
Am sure you would have guessed the song in the first line of this post itself. If not, then you will guess it correctly now. 😉
When someone told me that there were dialogues in between the song in the movie, my first reaction was ‘Oh No! Why is he spoiling such an awesome song by having dialogues in between?’ But trust the best-ever director to change all my opinion! When I watched the full song in theatre, not only did I love all the dialogues, but I even wished the dialogues too had been there in the CDs/cassettes!
Don’t tell me there are still some who have not guessed the song even now!
From the dark, dimly-lit railway station where the anxious husband is searching for his wife, the scene shifts to a colourful setting of what is the most joyous and grandly celebrated occasion by everybody – a wedding.
So, now that you know what song it is, raving starts. 😛
I love colours – vivid and vibrant ones! And Indian weddings are full of that. And so is this song! Madhavan’s yellow shirt (yellow looks good on not many men 😉 ), Shalini’s blue-coloured and Swarnamalya’s green-and-pink-coloured half sarees, the violet colour of the costume of the girl who joins them in singing and dancing, the paavaaDais of the little girls, the sarees of the village ladies, the dark-coloured shirts of Madhavan’s friends, the saatthukudis and flowers on the plates, the vaazhais, the petals of saamandi and other flowers that everyone bless the just-married couple with – it’s a riot of colours captured so beautifully on the camera by P.C.Sreeram, creating the perfect atmosphere of a wedding! Talking about the costumes and their colours, have you noticed that except Madhavan and his friends (the city guys) and a couple of other men, all other men in the whole song will be wearing only white shirt and white dhoti?
Colours apart, young kids happily playing, a lady putting kolam, somebody hurriedly trying to catch the attention of someone by calling out his name (to get some pending task completed?) and Shalini running and asking everyone who are busy doing something or other, to hurry up, all these further make the perfectly created wedding atmosphere more real. If you observe, there are lot more activities happening in the background in this song that the attention to details given leaves you amazed. And above all, forming the basis of this song and without which any wedding is incomplete is friends and relatives pulling the leg of the couple. 🙂
The casual conversation that Shalini strikes with Madhavan, their subsequent meeting in the presence of her father when Madhavan gets a bulb (the look on Madhavan’s face when Shalini’s father tells him that he is her father!) and the moment went Shalini bumps into Madhavan and the conversation that follows between them. I just love it all! 🙂 The expression on the face of Shalini’s father when Madhavan bumps into him after ‘dancing’ with Shalini is not one to forget either.
To think that this less-than-6-minute-duration song is there in this movie just to show when and how the lead couple of the movie first met and for that Mani Ratnam has not stopped with just showing them but has actually shot a wedding sequence with a whole lot of people and so many memorable scenes and dialogues! Wow! The only thing that happens too soon is the tying the thaali part. The bride sits and before you know it, the groom ties the thaali and the song ends! And this post too ends now. 😉
P.S.: This post is for the reader who had commented a long time back that I should get invited to a wedding soon and I should get inspired and write a post on my favourite wedding songs. He has been frequently reminding me to write a post on this song for more than a year and a half now! Sorry for the delay!
P.S.1: The lines referred to in the second paragraph are ingippo nilavaDikka indiranaar pandhaDikka andha pandhai thirthaDippavano