Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Top Ten Song Sequences

Continuing the musical recaps, here are my top ten song sequences in Tamil cinema in 2007. While the previous list was based on the songs alone, this one takes into consideration the song and its picturization...

10. Arabu Naade... - Thottaal Poo Malarum
The plot segues nicely into this soft song as Gauri goes in disguise to hear Sakthi sing. Our good ol' Pallavan bus provides a nice setting and the lyrics are suitable too as Sakthi sniffs out her real identity based on things that are out of place considering her Muslim dress.

9. Naan Meendum Naanaaga... - Billa
Oru Paanai Sotrukku Oru Soru Padham! This number exemplifies Billa's style with its slo-mo shots, quick edits, nifty special effects and nice framing. The scintillating theme music serves as an interlude for the song itself. If not for Namitha's wrestler-like movements, this song would've been much higher on this list.

8. Dolu Dolu Dhaan... - Pokkiri
A slick and stylish song with some nice, colorful sets and fast dance steps by both Vijay and Asin.

7. Ariyaadha Vayasu... - Paruthi Veeran
This ode to young love was picturized in a suitably rustic manner by Ameer. The sepia tone, though somewhat overused recently, went well with the old-fashioned song and there were some nice images as the young boy and girl spent their time together. The song managed to convey the simple fun the two of them had.

6. Jalsa Pannungadaa... - Chennai 600028
Youthful, lighthearted and fun - words that could be used to describe the film would all apply to this number too. The casual way the guys hang out and sing reflects the scene at most roadside eateries in Chennai and the seemingly chaotic nature of their dance(the apparent lack of choreography was no doubt the result of some really good choreography!) adds to the realistic nature of the sequence.

5. PonmagaL VandhaaL... - Azhagiya Thamizh Magan
A remix that actually fit into the movie, this one was picturized like a music video. The glossy sets, the MTV-style picturization and Vijay's subtle movements made this an eye-catching number that left us wanting more.

4. Un Sirippinil... - Pachaikkili Muthucharam
This song perfectly brings out the contented life that Sarath leads with his wife and son. With its simple day-to-day activities, it portrays the fun and happiness in his life effectively and serves as a powerful contrast to the hard turn his life takes later. It did remind us of Paartha Mudhal NaaLe... from Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu but not enough to enough to make us dislike this one.

3. Hello Miss Imsaiye... - Unnaale Unnaale
The most youthful song in a very youthful movie. The visual techniques(especially the rapid-fire editing that matches the music) and Vinay's antics made this a high-energy number that lifted our spirits. Vinay's zest and Sadha's irritation didn't work for an extended amount of time in the movie but for these few minutes, they did make us laugh.

2. Kaatrin Mozhi... - Mozhi
Quite possibly the best song of the year with its soothing melody and meaningful lyrics, this number is picturized perfectly with the same lighthearted touch that marked the rest of the movie. There are some very sweet as well as very funny moments scattered throughout and all four actors are completely natural. Definitely the feel-good song of the year.

1. Adhiradikkaaran... - Sivaji
This spectacular number was one of the highlights of the movie itself and reminded us once again just how good Shankar is at picturizing song sequences. The splashy and colorful locations, the rich and glamorous costumes and Lawrence's choreography, perfectly suiting Rajni, all contributed to the dazzling number as Rajni rescued Shriya from the masked villains. The lead-in, with Rajni perfectly imitating MGR, Sivaji and Kamal, was just icing on the cake!


At 12:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best thing about bbthots whether in BB's original post or the comments is that I realise some things I never would have otherwise done.

I never understood what "Arabu Naade... - Thottaal Poo Malarum" was about until u explained.

Strange that "Kallori" didn't feature in the list at all and somehow "Pachaikili song" and the movie didn't work for me.

At 12:10 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

yasodha, glad to help :) i liked that song a lot more after watching the movie :)

At 1:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you have missed akkam pakkam from kreedam. Its a visual treat. It should have found a place in this list probable replacing un siripinil

At 7:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually yah,i agree with anon above.AKkam pakkam is definitely a treat to our eyes.the set which was isolated from chaostic cities and people suited the song so well. Trisha was very cute with all those outfit especially the blue one. Ajith as usual was really really good looking.
I may agree with un siripinil since me too like background songs where the characters don't really 'sing' the words. but i think Hello miss imsaiye could have been replaced by akkam pakkam

AND i so agree with Athiradee. Thalaivar thalaivar thaan.

At 9:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this has nothing to do with the fact that i am not the greatest rajni fan but i liked the picturization of kaatrin mozhi more than adhiradi kaaran...in general, i really like songs that have simple scenes in the background...esp. with kaatrin mozhi, it was absolutely beautiful...my one complaint abt adhiradi (and in general, the songs of sivaji) was that i couldnt hum along! what in Rajni's name does "aanja, saanja, penja, maanja, cha cha cha cha" mean?! :-)
my favs from last year (with an emphasis on picturization) were kaatrin mozhi, all the songs in chennai-28, dolu dolu and pokiri pongal from pokiri, adhiradi kaaran and sahaana...from sivaji

At 10:09 AM, Blogger Filbert said...

Adhiradi at number one was a no-brainer :) But I was surprised that this list, being one of song sequences, did not include any song from Kattradhu Tamizh. IMO, all 3 songs in the movie, the Paravaiye engu irukkiraai song in particular were picturized in a very heart-warming manner.

At 10:17 AM, Blogger Orange Fronkey said...

Hmmm... i'm ok with all the songs except athiradee.. that song didn't do too much to me. personally i try to avoid watching songs in shankar's movie.. sometimes it feels like he over does it. and this is my opinion:)

p.s - i just read on indiaglitz that Pandiyan passed away? what the heck?!

At 12:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As expected, I thot that the Naan Meendum song was the worst picturized in Billa. Sei, My name is Billa and Seval Kodi were surely better weren't they?

At 7:53 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

anon, i do like the song and the locales and colors were great. but for some reason, the editing and camera movements gave me a headache after i watched it a couple of times :)

rathi, i too like songs which play in the background while the actors go thro their regular acts :)

ram, laughed out loud at ur question for the meaning :) and i did enjoy all the songs in ur list :)

filbert, the sequences from KT didn't stay in mind after i watched the film. maybe i should revisit them :)

merino, yes he does overdo it. and for some songs that works :)

prin, sei... is my least fav for picturization. nothing special. as i said, i thot ajith's steps were too slow in 'seval kodi...'. it was a toss-up betn 'naan meendum...' and 'my name is billa...' and i chose the former since i like the song better :)

At 10:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Athiradee as being number one. The Desperado-inspired picturization was fantastic.


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