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Song of the Day #738: reNdu kaNNum from sivappu malli.

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  • Balaji Srinivasan
    Song of the Day: reNdu kaNNum from sivappu malli. http://www.dhool.com/sotd2/738.html - Sathyakabali writes: Today’s SOTD is the mesmerizing melody from the
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      Song of the Day: reNdu kaNNum from sivappu malli.

      http://www.dhool.com/sotd2/738.html

      - Sathyakabali writes:

      Today’s 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!

      Lyrics: Vairamuthu
      MD: Shankar-Ganesh.

      Ramanarayanan lived in the very next street to Appachchi’s 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
      magarani…



      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 Vijay’s Thiruppachchi and Sivakasi was
      assistant director to Rama Narayanan for 35 films.

      Ramanarayanan’s earlier films Sumai, Sivappu malli, Pattam parakkattum,
      Sivantha kangal, Ithu enga naadu, Soru were based on social and
      communist themes.
      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
      film.
      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 AVM’s 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
      pair.



      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.Veerappa’s 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 poRukkum”and a scene with Shanthi krishna’s
      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 Ramanarayanan’s 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 kiLigaL”in 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 Vairamuthu’s 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 listener’s 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:
      http://www.dhool.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=547

      Let us go back to the 80’s and enjoy this melody which brings back our
      nostalgic memories!


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