Thursday, May 27, 2010

Songs & Nostalgia

Digressing from reviews but not deviating from movies. Have you ever wondered the effect of songs, especially movie songs, on our lives? For example, Pudhu Vellai Mazhai from Maniratnam's superhit flick Roja which also was the debut for Oscar winner AR Rahman reminds me of my stay in Tanjore. It was in 1992 that we moved from Tanjore to Chennai. So everytime its played, I am reminded of my friends, the house we stayed in, the street and times in the town of Big Temple.

Not necessary that it has to be a film song. Way back when I was in 4th grade, my best friend that time, Sanjay Kumar Yadav, left Delhi to Ranikhet upon his father's transfer. The vacuum created by his absence in the class haunted me badly. So much so that I used to cry in the class. That point of time, my parents had bought a cassette of devotional songs sung by TMS. Pullanguzhal Kodutha Moongilgale was hot favourite. Though a nice song, it distrubs me badly. The song makes me feel very sad. It reminds me of the terrible time I had in my life.

On the positive note, AR Rahman's composition Hey Hey Enna Achu Unakku for the Tamil flick Kadhal Virus was my favourite during the time I was dating my Savitha. The song was picturised on a group of girls, one of whom, reminded me of her.

Little before that, during my MBA days, I fell for a girl. Unfortunately, the girl already had a boyfriend and I never figured out how to handle the situation. And to lighten up, I would sing the song from Kamal Hasan's superhit movie Aboorva Sagodargal, Unna Ninaichen, Paatu Padichen, to myself and to my friends. When a friend became closer to her during that period, I used to sing Dost Dost Na Raha, Pyaar Pyaar Na Raha. Reflecting back, it all looks funny to me, now.

Then there are songs that connects me to my parents. Not living with them, now, songs like Amma Endru Azhaikatha Uyir Illiye from Superstar Rajnikanth's Mannan and Kaalaiyil Dhinamum Kan Vizhithaal from SJ Suriya's New, constantly remind me of their presence and their contributions to my life.

Dil Chahta Hai was certainly a cult movie and I have nothing more to add that. But the song Dil Chahta Hai where the trio go on a road trip kindled the desire to own a car and go on a long drive with friends. Thankfully, Manoj bought an old Premier Padmini pretty soon and along with Navin, we did go to Pondy. The fact that it broke down during our return and we drove at a menacing speed of 20 kmph from outskirts of Pondy till Mahabalipuram is a different story. That one journey can never be forgotten.

There is a song for every emotion. Some songs make me go sad while others charge me up. There are some which help relax. Makes me think what would life be without film songs!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Segmentation Practised

A quick glance at the tag clouds in my blog, Stupid Thoughts, revealed that, despite being a Marketing enthusiast, I was not practising segmentation. I was writing on diverse topics. While that, I quite shamelessly acclaim, indicates a complex and well-developed grey matter, can or already does confuse a reader. Someone would have been drawn to my blog due to a technology post and might be expecting to read another of my 'stupid' thoughts, only to be disappointed to read about public relations or human behavior or telecom.

So while I was thinking about it, Deepak Chopra, my friend and colleague, shocked me by suggesting that I should have segmented blogs.

Yes, that makes sense.

So, here it is. 'Cinema-Kaaram-Coffee' will be about movies. This blog will not be necessarily about only new movies. It will be about movies that I have just watched; new or old; English, Tamil, Hindi, Telugu or Iranian. With a DVD club membership, first with Seventy MM and then, now, with Big Flix, Savitha and I are watching too many movies. And as 'evolved' beings we have an intellectual discussions on what we watch. Cinema-Kaaram-Coffee will be the place to pour them out.

By the way, the blog url is 'inspired' by the title of a show that used to appear in Stay Vijay channel. And while the name certainly has Tamil influence, the title 'Movies, no bar!' will prevail.

Hope you like the reviews! Happy Watching!