Sunday, November 20, 2005

Of Slow Songs

One thing that Struck me when I watched "Sollitharavaa" in "Majaa". Immediate thought.

"Suttum Vizhi Sudare" should have been choreographed and cinematographed like this.

It simply didnt require Surya dancing to the beats, and it was close to comedy the way he was dancing. It was a good song spoiled.

Usually, the Oliyum Oliyum days, I used to wait and watch the songs on TV than just listening to it. Because the video part was pulling the audience.. "Uyire Uyire" from Bombay had no dance/special effects/not even foreign location. Yet made me watch it everytime, its on TV.

Its only after watching the movie on theatre, Im repeatedly listening to "Sollitharavaa.. Sollitharavaaaa" from Maja. Its got a Vintage effect. You can easily put MGR and KR. Vijaya in it... resembles a very old song. Still the melody wins beyond replication. Give it a listen.

This song is sung by Madhu Balakrishnan and Sadhana Sargam. Perfect corellation between the voices.

There's another Madhu Balakrishnan song playing on Avyukta. "Kanden Kanden" from Madurey. Its another impressive song, with good editing... Freeze frame worked out well with the Slow song too.. waw !

Many directors struggle to make a Slow song. A very few succeed. Remember K. Balachander showed two people conversing over the phone for 5 minutes.. and made it a Hit song and its always interesting to watch the song. (Sangeetha Swarangal from Azhagan)...

PS - Why does Vikram apply "Kan Mai" to his eyes in that song... looks odd. Probably to make Asin look even more beeetiful.

12 comments:

thennavan said...

Just finished seeing Baba on SunTV here. "Good song gone bad by picturization" example - Maya, Maya :-)

keerthi said...

Naanum paarthen. A very good song.. and very well sodhappified. Tamil directors loose in that.

Nithya Swaminathan said...

True, not many can picturise a slow song well... I love the picturisation by Balu Mahendra, where he lets the song play in the bg and show the lead pair... most of his songs are pleasing to the viewer...

Sangeeta swarangal was vintage KB... who even used the good old doordarshan music to signal early morning... and his picturisation of "enna satham indha neram" is one of the best ever for a romantic number...

best example of how NOT to make a slow song - Vaseegara! Grrrrr!!

Ranganathan St. said...

keerthi lot of songs are like that. I thinks the safest way of shooting a soft song is to make the hero and heroine walk all around the screen (a little stylishly though :P), atleast it would not screw up the video.

Manirathnam is a class apart. For a person who can portray the 'galeej' Egmore Museum in a grand way, Uyire song was not something hard for him.

BTW Kanden Kanden from Madurey, was a rehash of Azhagaana Manjappura from 'Ellame en Rasaathan', as far as I remember atleast the pallavi was rehashed.

BABA paatellam vidungappa, mannikka mudiyadha sodhappal idhuvarayil Boys'la vara Ale Ale dhaan. alavukkadhigamaana time freeze effects. Even in general, Shankar does a overdose of his Brammandam that it becomes unbearable on screen. Nothing beats KB and Manirathnam song picturizations :)

-narayanan

PS: theater'laye BABA paaka mudiyale. neenga commercial'oda eppadi thaan paatheenga :O

Jeevan said...

I also watch that song, it has a nice music, now a days much duet songs dont have dance. the song Sollitharavaa will come as a big hit like, Aasai Aasai eppoluthu form Dhool.

keerthi said...

nithya Swaminathan, imagine the pain the music director will have... he plays a wonderful song with varied imaginations and the director screws up.. Hmm.

narayanan, letting the actors walk will be a good idea.. already people are flying abroad to make the hero walk, and make the heroine run behind him. Yeah.. Maniratnam did it well with Kadhal Rojave.. Not screwing up the mood and yet play a slow song like Kadhal Rojave.. cant imagine any other director... Shankar's is useless. I completely agree. But i think Azhagana Raatchasiye was good. Theatrela paarka mudiyaadha pala padangal, TVla nalla odum.. infact i hear a lot of people in my work place watched BABA yesterday. (no one liked it however..)

jeevan, :)... duetukku edhukku dance sollunga.

VK said...

thalaiva...songs are in odeo nu nenaichain...kanumae ???

Raju said...

The best 'slow song' to me thus far is 'Sundari Neeyum..' Real beauty..

That was the first song to be shot slow-motion in tamil.. (or, in India?)

Me too said...

"Kaatre en vasal vandhaai" in Rhythm was such a let-down! What a melodius song and Arjun/Jo exercising!!

keerthi said...

vk, enna paattu venum ? they are available for dnload on various MP3 sites. ODEO la rare songs upload pannalaamnu irukken.

raju, cool song man.. adhileyum that fat young kid, and kamalhaasan sitting in Oonjal, and that coming on the covers of Aananda Vikatan.. waw..

aparna, Jo excersied in "Chudidhar Anindhu Vandha Swargame.. " tooo.. :) Ippdi paatula excercise panni dhaan udamba kuraikaraanga pola.

narayanan S said...

Keerthi, aparna: Dhool'la vara Aasai Aasai paatukku gummangkuthu kuthinadha vidaya :P Katre En Vasal Vandhai was'nt that bad. Yeah Azhagaana Ratchasiye was good, certainly did'nt overdo it to make it as a blemish. Shankar pathi naan solla venaam'nu nenachadha nee sollite ;)

-narayanan

keerthi said...

narayanan, aaga moththathil.. Jo screws up.. including the "Swasame " in Thenali.