Happened to see Mouna Ragam Movie in Adithya channel today :) There are movies and there is Mouna Ragam. Each time i see the movie it leaves a sweet taste in mind. I can see the whole movie even without the video portion. Just the rerecording and songs are enough for me. Not that i've anything to fault against Rahman-Rathnam combo..but Raja-Rathnam had cast such a wonderful spell on movie goers that their movies rock even after 25 years!!
This movie and Agni Natchathiram are two of THE BEST tamil movies, of modern era atleast. MounaRagam was released during my school days. Would've been in 1st or 2nd standard i guess. I never understood why my elder cousins and friends sisters were gushing about the movie. In fact except for the spiral staircase and the colorful diwans i didnt like anything in the movie when i saw it the first time. The house were Revathi and Mohan shifts too in Delhi, it immediately became my dream palace. The back ground music reminded of Sarangi vadan in DD.
Guess my preference for bubbly chirpy heroines began from this movie :) Loved Revathi's character. More so because my cousin sister was crazy about her and used to imitate all her dresses. Especially that Banjaari(??)or whatever dress. She was too fond of Nathia and Revathi and always used to pester my paati to get her dresses like them. And as a kid she was someone i looked upto. She was a rebel and was in total contrast to my otherwise conservative and dull relatives.
Coming back to the movie, i had forgotten about the movie for a long time and infact had purposedly skipped many a chance to watch it, all credit to my first impression of it. One fine day, unable to bear the adulating crowd and all those praises which i get to hear about it each time some one see the movie, i decided to watch it, just to avoid being left behind. And..like Simbu says in Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaaya..it HIT me. I was finally able to understand the sensitivities and the content. I fell in love with the music and thus began the love affair with the movie. I always made it a point never to miss the movie whenever it was played. To say that i like Mouna Ragam and marking it as favourite in the list of movies watched has become a fashion statment i should say :)
Like scores of other people, my favourite portions of the movie are the scenes showcasing Karthik. Though he hardly comes for ten fifteen minutes in the movie, he makes an indelible impression. The coffee shop scene would have inspired many a love story both in reel and real life. Not a day passes without me listening to the "Mandram Vantha Thendral" song from the movie. Its the fav song of every FM worth its salt i guess and they seem to have an unwritten pledge to play it atleast thrice per day per channel :)
In the age of IN YOUR FACE attitudes, to see subtlety scoring on its own, makes mind feel light and happy.
P.S: Just noticed that this also happens to be the 450th post in Supershanki :) and is into its 6th year :) So if you had found my maturity level to be that of a six year old :D you are not much wrong :D So long folks. Catch you later.
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