Bombay Ravi classics in MFM - #2 sAgarangaLE (panchAgni)

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Bombay Ravi classics in MFM - #2 sAgarangaLE (panchAgni)

Post  app_engine on Fri Oct 21, 2016 11:01 pm

Few days back my sleep got disturbed because of one 1986 song playing in the mind for hours non-stop in the middle of the night Laughing

I was thinking of starting a thread and collecting the fantastic Malayalam songs MD-ed by "Bombay Ravi" in a separate thread at that time. 

While these songs are frequently in youtube playlists / web lists / tweet storms etc, it doesn't hurt to have them organized here. Who knows, this thread could introduce such gems to someone for the first time Smile

Let me start with my personal starter song of this fantastic MD in the next post.


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Re: Bombay Ravi classics in MFM - #2 sAgarangaLE (panchAgni)

Post  app_engine on Fri Oct 21, 2016 11:17 pm

#1 
A rAthri mAnju pOyi
(panchAgni, 1986)

ആ രാത്രി മാഞ്ഞു പോയി 
(പഞ്ചാഗ്നി)

Well, from his wikipedia page, it looks like this was his first MF album. So, I've practically followed him right from his debut in MFM (even though he was a veteran in HFM).

This was the second Malayalam movie I saw after moving to Palakkad - fresh from college, yet to get final results and already working some 10+ hours daily as a trainee engineer Laughing  Since my sensibilities w.r.t. MF was not developed yet, and couldn't understand clearly much of the dialogs also, it was a terrible experience for me in theater. (Though this movie is considered classic by most Keralites, to me it was a torture at that time. Never revisited it ever after, unfortunately. I might like if I watch now but there are lot other priorities).

One dialog I still remember from this movie is the nephew asking the lead character (played by Geetha) : വലിയമ്മ ആളുകളെക്ക്കൊല്ലുവോ? (valiyaama ALukaLa kolluvO? Meaning, Aunty, do you kill people?)

I'll write some more about the movie in the post on next song. For now, let us hear the fantastic, superb Chithra song (I don't mean the sesame oil Chithra on screen, it is KSC Laughing )

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5a58aRvORE


For the first time in decades, among the public of Kerala, KJY has found someone who can compete with him for musical fame. This young girl started making waves in that time period. 

Of course, she was already very popular in TN as well (poovE poochchooda vA / sindhu bhairavi / mudhal mariyAdhai)...

Palakkad is somewhat unique among Kerala towns those days - that almost all private buses had cassette players and were playing music, much like the neighboring Coimbatore / Pollachi towns of TN. And this song was heard almost daily by me Smile When I  got my personal "walk man" and found a recording center in that town (of course, run by a Thamizh guy who mainly recorded IR songs on cassettes), my first ever MFM collection had to obviously have this song.

To this day, this song is so dear to me. Especially the "AhAram" - the Aa-A-A-A-A-A humming - in the end of the saraNam that connects back to pallavi - is in my rating one of the best ever in IFM Smile


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Post  app_engine on Fri Nov 11, 2016 9:19 pm

#2 
sAgarangaLE
(panchAgni, 1986)

സാഗരങ്ങളെ
(പഞ്ചാഗ്നി)


One can hear a decent quality audio of this cult classic in Kerala in the following link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcrPWybq9VI

And the young Mohanlal romancing 'vAn pOlE vaNNam koNdu' dancer can be seen in the video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIBt4m5xGL8


I probably posted this song and wrote about it in other places and hence skip talking about the song itself Wink  Just want to add that both these super-hit songs from that movie got penned by none other than ONV Kurup who wrote so poetic film songs in MFM for years and recently passed away. (Including the sweet kunnaththE and Adhi ushus sandhya pooththadhividE in pazhassi rAjA by the same director but MD-ed by IR).

As mentioned in the post prior, some info related to the movie / time period / swantham kahAni etc follows...

panchAgni was one of the movies from the celebrated Hariharan-MT Vasudevan Nair combo as director-writer pair.  IRFs are definitely very familiar with Hariharan - as the director of pazhassi rAjA and thus needs no intro Smile

MTV was famous in the literary circles as well and he supposedly loved Bharathappuzha and got a lot of inspiration from the river and that area (which I was privileged to visit and enjoy when attending a wedding and reminisced my wonderful experience in one of the posts on the IR-SPB thread in the hub ). He was also known for writing some satirical stories that were his commentaries of purANA / history (we'll probably talk a little bit about this angle in future, for vaishAli and vadakkan veera gAtha).

In this movie, they took up a social theme and it probably resonated well with the pro-left Malayalees and tasted a grand success.

It was the second Mohanlal movie that I ever watched and in both the first and this he was playing what one would call a "guest role" Embarassed  He plays a reporter / well-wisher / lover of the lead lady in this movie, but the role was more like a cameo. The previous movie of him that I've seen was the first ever MF that I saw in Palakkad. I think I had seen only one Malayalam movie ever before, eenAdu in college audi. That way, kaNdu kaNdarinju was perhaps the 2nd ever MF I've seen and it has Mohanlal playing a cameo.

Interestingly, kaNdu kaNdarinju had Raguman & Mammootty in the main roles and Lal appears only towards the end. I was so surprised in the theater that the crowd went delirious (claps / shouts etc) when he came on screen Shocked He was the darling of the Palakkadan crowd already. Not knowing much about him (as he was never featured much in TN media those days, where Prem Nazir / Mammootty got talked about a lot), it was a big surprise for me personally.

Now, when watching panchAgni, I must say I liked the Mohanlal portions (even though the movie was termed a "torture" overall). That's when probably my liking for this actor started Smile

In a way, Bombay Ravi possibly had a small share in promoting Lalettan - i.e. to people like me Smile

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