Listening to: Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000)

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Successful Tamil films often get re-made into Hindi films. I am not sure why this wasn’t, for this was a superbly made film. But in a way, I am happy as remakes often spoil the flavour of the original. And this flavour should not be spoilt. I would encourage newcomers to the Tamil film world to borrow/buy a copy with subtitles and watch this vastly entertaining film. Based on Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, it has been ‘indianised’ to a degree that it doesn’t feel alien at all. Well done S.Rangarajan – ‘Sujatha’ for the story and Rajiv Menon for the screenplay.

There are many good reviews online for those who are interested. As usual, I’ll just remark on whatever caught my attention..

  • Tabu is both beautiful and talented – for me this film showcased her to perfection!
  • I have seen Srividya as a leading lady many years ago; she impressed me then with her expressive face and she does so again as an older but still beautiful woman
  • I am not a great Aishwarya fan but her beauty is spellbinding in this film. The role suits her well.
  • Mamootty has more presence in the nail of his little finger than many ‘heroes’ one is forced to see…what a personality!! I need to get all his older films and give myself a treat..
  • Ajith is charming and very good in this film.  I was introduced to him at a restaurant by our host 4-5 years back; he is even better looking in person!
  • I took a dislike to Abbas even before the role made him out to be a weakling..wonder why..

But I am here to talk about the music and it is truly wonderful!! This is A.R.Rehman in his melodious years; an album to fall in love with, an album to listen to again and again. The lyrics by Vairamuthu are excellent.

  • Konjum Mainakkale – Sadhana Sargam. A very imaginative picturisation with a lovely dance by Aishwarya. I enjoy seeing it. I also love all the instrumental interludes. Open-mouthed smile
  • Kannamoochi – Chitra. I can’t see this without remembering my niece who bought the exact same pavadai-thavani, jewellery et al and who looked as pretty as Aishwarya does in it ! Great Bharatanatyam moves integrated into the dance routine, very well choreographed. Open-mouthed smile
  • Enna Solla Pogirai – Shankar Mahadevan காதலின் கேள்விக்கு கண்களின் பதில் என்ன மௌனமா ? says the lyricist, how apt! Is the answer to the question posed by my love only silence? And later, the song goes on to say ‘ it takes only a second to say No, but it would take me a another lifetime to bear that’.. A beautifully written and sung song. Open-mouthed smileRed heart
  •  Enge Enathu Kavithai – Chitra, Sreenivas. I have always loved Chitra’s voice and she sounds divine in a song which seems written for her! A.R.Rehman’s stamp is there with beautiful background chorus and instrumentals. A song which touches one’s heart. Open-mouthed smileRed heart
  • Smiyai – Clinton Devan, Dominique Cerejo. A good dance number with great beats. Some sixties sound incorporated into a 90’s sound… Smile
  • Suttum Vizhi – Hariharan. An absolutely brilliant rendition of Bharathiyar’s classic poetry, I was addicted to this song for a time. My dislike of Abbas is what keeps me from seeing on youtube all the time! Thank you AR Rehman, the classic sounds beautiful in your hands! Open-mouthed smileRed heart
  • Kandukondain – Hariharan, Mahalaxmi Iyer. Shot in Scotland, the settings are beautiful yet I do not like the picturisation at all! That said, the song is still lovely. Smile

To listen to the whole album, click here.

With three songs I love, and two other colourful dances which will make great viewing, I have to admit I am stumped as to what to present in this blog! I recommend again that you see this film, if only for the music. Well, ok, I’ve made my choices – it is Enna Solla Pogirai for the beauty of the song and Tabbu’s loveliness.

And Kannamoochi for the dancing :

4 Comments

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4 responses to “Listening to: Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000)

  1. Hi Suja,
    I had missed this review of one of my favourite Aishwarya movies! I don’t watch any more these days, but part of my infatuation with Indian movies started thanks to her, and Kandukondain Kandukondain was very beautiful, I remember. I also enjoy Tabu’s dusky screen presence! On the strength of your advice, I listened to the music once again, and thanks, you’re right, it’s really great. I had almost forgotten it too!
    cheers, yves

  2. Hi Yves,
    Aishwarya is stunning, isn’t it? She has this mesmerizing effect even on me, a woman, so I am sure her effect on men would be even stronger🙂 But I must say I am more of a Tabu fan, that kind of quiet beauty is very pleasing to the soul. I am glad you listened to the music again, its really very good. I do not like many of Rahman’s newer music but his music from about 10 years ago or older was sheer joy at times. Thanks again for visiting🙂
    Cheers. Suja

  3. This is one of the first Tamil films I saw and I loved it! I am an Austen fan so was naturally intrigued to see a reinterpretation. Mammootty was a stand out and Tabu was just lovely. Ajith does nothing for me, I’m sorry🙂 I remember the songs more for the picturisations than the actual music though. Cheers, Temple

    • Thanks for visiting Temple. I agree, its Mammootty who stands out amongst the men but the younger gen (my niece for example) were just fida on (swooning over) Ajith! The music is really very good, you should just listen to them as background music and soon you’ll find yourself humming the tunes🙂
      Cheers. Suja

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