Song of the Day #738: reNdu kaNNum from sivappu malli.
- Song of the Day: reNdu kaNNum from sivappu malli.
- Sathyakabali writes:
Todays SOTD is the mesmerizing melody from the film Sivappu malli.
reNdu kannam sandhanak kiNNam
thottuk koLLa aasaigaL thuLLum!
pUvaik kaiyil poovai aLLik koduththa pinnum
thottuth thantha kaiyil maNam veesuthu innum!
Ramanarayanan lived in the very next street to Appachchis house in
Karaikudi. He had to cross AVM house everyday while walking to
school.Having heard stories about AVM and his success, it was his dream
to enter the tinsel world. AVM, Kaviyarasu Kannadasan and Kalainjar
Karunanidhi were his early inspirations. In 1976, he and his friend
M.A.Kaja started writing story and dialogues as Ram-Rahim for the film
Asai 60 naal. More films followed .Durgadevi , Ragupathi ragavan
rajaram, Manthoppu kiliye,Theru vilakku. M.A.Kaja started directing
films like Inikkum ilamai, Manthoppu kiliye, Paurnami nilavil, Engamma
While writing dialogues as Ram Rahim, Ramanarayanan produced some films
Meenatchi kungumam, Velum mayilum thunai, Oru vidukathai oru
thodarkathai under Sri Devipriya films (named after his mother). All of
them were small budget films.He made his directorial debut in 1980 . He
produced and directed Meenatchi starring Vijaybabu, Dheepa and
Surulirajan . Rama narayanan has produced 45 films and directed 100+
films( including a few films in Oriya,Bengali and Bhojpuri).
Ramanarayanan is known for small budget films which earned money at the
box office. He is known mostly for his amman films like Adi veLLi, Thai
poosam,Raja Kaliyamman and films with Baby Shamilee like Durga, Senthura
devi. Ramarajan worked with him as assistant director from the film
Sumai. Perarsu , the director of Vijays Thiruppachchi and Sivakasi was
assistant director to Rama Narayanan for 35 films.
Ramanarayanans earlier films Sumai, Sivappu malli, Pattam parakkattum,
Sivantha kangal, Ithu enga naadu, Soru were based on social and
His second film Sumai produced by Thenandal films was released on May
1,1981 and was awarded one lakh rupees by the Tamilnadu government.(with
four more films Rajapaarvai, Echill iravugal, Aval oru kaviyam and Oru
varisu uruvagirathu). The critical and box office success of Sumai got
him an offer from the prestigious AVM productions to direct their next
A.V.M.Productions bought the rights of the Telugu film Erra malli and
decided to produce it under Balasubramaniam & co. Sivappu malli directed
by Rama narayanan was a small budget film produced in 56 days. It is
customary for AVM Productions to announce the date of release on the day
of the pooja. (the only exception being the Rajni-Sankar film Sivaji
under production). On the day of the puja for Sivappu malli (June
21,1980), AVM announced that the film will be released on Aug 15.The
whole shooting schedule was completed in 35 days. Initially, Kamalahasan
was AVMs first wanted to choice.Since Kamal was too busy with his
schedule, Vijayakanth was chosen for the main role. Anuradha (the
dancer) was cast opposite Vijayakanth. She ran away with her lover and
Aruna replaced her. Chandrasekar and Shanthi Krishna were the other
It was the dedication of Vijayakanth which made it possible for AVM to
release the film on date (August 15, 1980).For Vijayakanth it was a
prestigious role as hero with AVM Productions.He was already committed
to his outdoor schedule in Salem for P.S.Veerappas film Saatchi.
Every evening he traveled by car from Salem to Maduranthakam and Chennai
for the shooting of Sivappumalli. AVM unit was surprised and stunned by
his hard work and dedication.
The film was based on a communist theme with the factory, workers and
union in the backdrop. I recall a few scenes from my memory
Chandrasekar and Vijaykanth as friends in a factory . Chandrasekar
married to Shanthi Krishna Vijayakanth leading the workers with the
song erimalai eppadi poRukkumand a scene with Shanthi krishnas
jasmine flowers lying in a pool of blood
The song reNdu kannam is for Chandrasekar and Shanthi Krishna.
Sivappu malli is one of the memorable films in Ramanarayanans career.
His career as director took off with the success of Sivappu malli. It
was a critically well acclaimed film well appreciated by the communists.
Kalainjar Karunanidhi had a private screening of the film and asked
Ramanarayanan to direct the next film for Poompukar productions - ithu
enga naadu ( a remake of the Malayalam film Eenaadu).Later
Mu.Karunanidhi has written story& dialogues for some of the films
directed by Rama narayanan Mannin mainthan,Veeran Velu thambi, Makkal
anaiyittaal The latest paasak kiLigaLin which Kalainjar wrote the
dialogues was produced by Rama Narayanan.
It was Rama Narayanan who introduced Vairamuthu to AVM. This was the
beginning of the longlasting association for both.
No big stars a small budget film with good storyline and acting, and
melodious songs by Shankar Ganesh with Vairamuthus kavithai varigaL,
the film was a big hit.
A.V.M.Saravanan admits Sivappu malli made more money than Murattu kaalai
in some areas.
Music directors Shankar Ganesh always delight the listeners with
wonderful melodies like this. In the eighties, this song occupied top
place in the listeners choice during the radio yugam. nEyargaL migavum
virumbik kEtta pAdal ithu. 25 years later , there has been many requests
in the websites to listen to this song again.
Here is Music Director Ganesh receiving Kavinjar Kannadasan award (2005)
from the chief minister.
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Chandru posted the lyrics in english here:
Let us go back to the 80s and enjoy this melody which brings back our
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