Genius of MSV Part 1: Why Old Songs Will Melt Cold Hearts 0 (0)

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(No matter where you are right now, no matter how old you are, I am sure you always have your favorite old songs by these dynamic duo that you don’t mind humming the whole day long. Image source: Silverscreen India)

Despite “starting off” with the music of Illayaraja and later discovering the new age music of A R Rahman and then Yuvan Shankar Raja, Harris and all the new music directors, I always had soft spot for the music from the 1960s and 1970s in particular songs composed by MS Viswanathan – Ramamoorthy (MSV) and penned by the great poet Kannadasan (I also liked songs composed by KV Mahadevan and AM Raja).

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Kamal’s Ponmaanai Theduthey Classic 0 (0)

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(The many faces of the great man in multiple roles all these years and he still making headlines even now. Image source: http://www.bollywoodlife.com)

In terms of acting, after the great Sivaji Ganesan, we were lucky to have Kamal Haasan taking up the lead when it comes to powerful acting. And over the years, he has not let us down with powerful storyline and acting (still remember this?).

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Ilaiyaraja: Project “Then, Now & Forever” 5 (1)

Western classical music is perspective – look at the number of people involved in a symphony! Our traditional music is lonely – Ilaiyaraja

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(My collection cover image – the image of Maestro Ilaiyaraja. Image source: http://www.tamilkey.com)

As long I could remember, I have been listening to Ilaiyaraja music since I was still young and started to have an appreciation of his style of music – all the way from the 1970s (you are aware that Annakili was not his first movie and that he had to impress the producer Panchu Arunachalam by singing a song that his mother sang and using the table as an music instrument?) to his latest flick in “Neethane En Ponvasantham” – thanks to my Dad who was big fan of Ilaiyaraja (Ilaiyaraja means the “younger” Raja – that is because the Tamil music industry already had another music director named Raja – the famed A.M. Raja).

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Tamil Movie Review: 3 Idiots vs Nanban 0 (0)

It suppose to be a quick post on Shankar’s Nanban but I ended up writing more especially after yesterday I watched again the well made 3 Idiots

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(The guy on the far right – your right – seems better than the rest. Trust me, you will be safer watching the original 3 Idiots than the “new” idiots in Nanban – they are nowhere close to the beauty of story-telling and acting in 3 Idiots.Click to read the rest

Tamil Movie Review: Enthiran 0 (0)

I know, I know…this review is more than a month old late!

(I know there was trouble when I saw a “Borg cube” at the opening credit of the movie. Poster source: Wikipedia)

Before I start with the review, let me tell you upfront that we have been duped, major time, by Shankar and the studio marketers (ya, they did a good job with that) with the whole hype before the movie was released.… Click to read the rest

Tamil Movie Review: Pasanga 0 (0)

(The main characters in the movie – Image source: http://nowrunning.com)

I used to hate Tamil movies…

Ya, they had great music and if you throw in Sivaji Ganesan and Kamalahasan, great acting too but one thing I hated the most was the storyline. There is no logic explanation on how one hero can take on 20 or so armed gangsters and still come out alive or how a very beautiful girl from a very rich family loves a hardcore gangster from the slum on the very first day.… Click to read the rest

RIP Murali & Swarnalatha 0 (0)

(Always known as the good, down to earth image, Murali excelled in Idhayam. Image source: http://tamillatestmusic.blogspot.com)

Popular actor Murali (famed in movies like Idhayam & Porkkaalam) passed away in Chennai last week after suffering from a massive heart attack. He was just 46 years old.

(More known to her songs, Swarnalatha have sang for many big time actresses.Click to read the rest

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