Just like some movies, there are some songs which can never be re-made too… To me, one such song is ‘Chinna Chinna Aasai‘. This song and the movie are always in the Tamil Legend movies’ list… Although I like ‘Pudhu Vellai Mazhai‘ song more than this song, in terms of lyrics, I thought may be I should share this song as there is a lot of background to this song and the reason why we ended up watching this movie.
I was 9 years old when the movie ‘Roja‘ was released and my mom was so happy one day that we are going to watch a movie that is about the district where her parents are originally from. Yes, even though mom was born and brought up Chennai, she loved her native place so much which she has seen only a couple of times in her life then. Dad, mom, my maternal grand-parents and I, we all went to watch the movie and I was thinking that it could be only be a village type movie and so was really bored and not interested much but when I later saw the posters in the cinemas with the director name as Maniratnam, I thought that it would be nice if the movie is like ‘Mouna Raagam’. Yes, I was such a ‘Kedi’ even as a 9 year old who knows the director and the famous movies and that too nice romantic movies.
Only the first 30 mins of the movie was set in the village background and then the remaining 10 mins of the story was set in Chennai and then the rest of the story is completely set in Kashmir. The movie shows how diverse the Indian Culture is. It would be a massive leap to take a story from Chennai to Kashmir and my small brain couldn’t understand what is Software Engineering and why could a Software Engineer be kidnapped. True, I also did not understand what a ‘terrorist’ mean. That would now explain exactly the situation of India in 1992, how the people from South India especially Tamilnadu have never experienced anything related to terrorism.
I won’t discuss the story line in detail but I cannot stop discussing about a few things. First is the director, Maniratnam who don’t need any introduction from me, but at that time, I realised that this guy has made a different movie, totally out of the world, a totally awesome movie. Second is A.R. Rahman the music director for the movie. This was his first movie as a full time music director and yes, he broke all the records at that time. He is so famous now so I don’t have to introduce even him. Like I said before, I loved the song ‘Pudhu Vellai Mazhai’ more due to the dashing introduction to the snow fields in Kashmir and for the beautiful lyrics. So obviously the third thing about the movie is the Lyricist Vairamuthu. Tamil, as a language is very beautiful and that too when you have such a jewel like Vairamuthu who can use such beautiful words and sentences to write such beautiful subject of comparison. What he wrote for the song ‘Pudhu Vellai Mazhai’ would forever speak for his poetic greatness in the Tamil movie industry.