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Athaanin muthangal - Uyarndha manidhan

 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 10:07 pm    Post subject: Athaanin muthangal - Uyarndha manidhan Reply with quote

Wish to pick one of my favourite actress & A DIFFERENT SITUATION SONG from another NT movie

Sowcar Janaki , acknowledged by all as a veteran , smart, intelligent, versatile artist . The movies she had paired with NT were all gems like :
1.Pudhiya paravai
Who can forget the flashy, stylish, arrogant lady who sways NT during the song Paartha nyabagam illayo

2.Motor Sundaram Pillai
A loving wife , grooming a big family

3.Paar magalay paar
A low profile character, a devoted wife

4.Paalum pazamum
Second wife , tries her best to convince NT and forget his past life with Sarojadevi but finally gracefully withdraws

5. Padikatha methai
Educated woman from a poor background gets married to uneducated guy becomes an ideal life partner

Sowcar also plays a very interesting role as second wife in UYARNDHA MANITHAN ( though she comes to know the truth during climax )…..

Actually Sowcar character is shown at length when both NT and Sowcar reach the 50s age group

While Sowcar is full of enthusiasm and youthfulness in her traits and approach, much to her disappointment and frustration , she finds her loving hubby NT in a different league of his own

A very dominating wife , a perfectionist to the core, also expects the same levels from others including her hubby NT !

While NT dwelves ( a dignified rich business man ) , repenting & recollecting with bitter memories of his past love life with Vanishree, poor Sowcar unaware of his history, tries to imbibe discipline and youth into his life & in the process tries to dominate his day to day life on every aspect which irks NT…..

One day NT finds it a bit too much , loses control and slaps her and leaves the house……

( Despite his past life being a miserable one, NT tries to behave normally and be good with Sowcar but for once he finds her dominance frustrating )

Shocked by this , she becomes restless ………however while meeting her women’s club friend, she realizes what love life is all about

Returns back home with the same cheerfulness back , she now takes the slapping as a happy moment & sings a classic from PS :

ATHANIN MUTHANGAL ATHANAYUM MUTHUKKAL
AZAGANA KANNATHIL ADAYALA CHINNANGAL


I presume the lyrics must be Valee’s as Andha naal nyabagam was by Valee only !

Looking at a table top framed photo of NT ( a majestic looking ! ), Sowcar enjoys every moment now , eagerly awaiting the return of NT in the evening….

The ultimate MD for usage of Piano, once again takes off with Piano preludes & PS has thoroughly read the situation ! listen to the soft & sweet manner she starts in a low tone …… Athaanin muthangal ……athanayum muthukkal…….azagaaaana kannathil…….adayaala chinnangal……. ( here MSV adds his customary melody by a subtle improvisation , repeats the same words ) Azagana kannathil, adayaaala chinnangal !

This is another song where Piano dominates totally & the interludes are no exception….Its piano everywhere


THUYILVADHUPOL ORU BHAVANAI
THODUMVARAYIL SIRU VEDHANAI
ANUBAVITHAL ADHU OODALO
ADHAN PINNAL SUGAM KOODUMO

MSV does a new experiment here ….. he makes PS just sing first without BGM support & then repeats the same with bangoos support !

Great !! how did he learn all these nuances ! & improvisation ?


ENGENGE THOTTALUM THITHIKKUM ENNANGAL
ANGANGE SORGTHAI SANDHIKKUM ULLANGAL

MSV never spares his tabla …he switches over to tabla for the above 2 sentences ……….and comes back to bangoos for the pallavi again !

The lyrics are poetic :

MALARANAYUM AVAN NENJAMO
THALAYANAYUM IRU KAIGALO
SILAYAZHAGUM ANGU KONJUMO
KALAYAZHAGUM ADHAI MINJUMO
PATTADAI MOODI VARA
PALLAKKU AADI VARUM
KANNANA KANNANIDAM
SALLABAM THEDI VARUM

A common reader of the above lyrics without knowing the situation will interpret it as somewhat vulgar but if one sees the movie and the situation wherein the song is positioned, it looks poetic !

When we compare the 2 legends NT and MGR, UM could is a classic example for the difference in the kinds of themes MGR and Sivaji chose . While MGR was the one who could never even think of something wrong , this movie portrays NT as a someone who is unable to even save his own wife and spends his life repenting for it despite being forced to marry another woman.

Featured galaxy of stars like Asokan, Vanishree , Major Sundarrajan , V.K.Ramasamy, Barathi and a young and aspiring candidate Shivakumar !

ABOVE ALL SPLENDID SONGS BY MELLISAI MANNAR.

The movie runs at a nice pace. A young NT’s romance with VS, his shortlived married life , VS’s death and NT’s marriage with Sowcar …. All move at hectic pace and before we know it, some 20 years passes by ! It is only after the meeting between Sivaji and Sivakumar ( NT’s son through VS ) that the movie slows down a bit .
Nadigar thilagam character , inspite of being the hero, has his flaws and it is surprising to see him being subdued by his father's vice like grip and autocratic approach . The movie also shows the social imbalances despite his continuing friendship with childhood friend Major Sunderrajan, the car driver who was forbidden to attend school by Ramdas ( NT’s father ) illustrates his character well. Asokan , the doctor friend who ( loves VS ) hides his own feelings for the sake of his friend.

The married life of Sivaji and Sowcar Janaki is one of the highlights of this movie …very well depicted . Her concern / care for her perfectionist way of living and later happiness at being slapped by Sivaji are quite interesting characterization .

NT makes a very classy rich business man, proves his class during the climax when he breaks down on seeing VS’s photo with Shivakumar
The movie is studded with some outstanding songs :
1.Andha naal nyabagam – fond recollection of past life by two 2 childhood friends
2.Velli kinnam dhaan – NT with VS during a brief honeymoon ( top 100 of TMS )
3.En kelvikenna badhil – Shivakumar & Barathi
4.Naalai indha velai paarthu – PS solo for VS , got national award & it says all

One of MSV’s best albums to be preserved & cherished forever…………
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