Energy from Music

*Here I share a playlist of songs with a certain energizing effect. The details of the songs and movies from the list are given below.

“Poove Poove”: Devadoothan [Mohanlal/Sharath Das, Vijayalakshmi]
Part of one of the best Malayalam movies of all time which was not recognized by the audience because it released to early, this song completely reflects the thrilling movie itself. The romantic mystery thriller here has its soul in this movie, and you can feel the mood here itself. The music and those simple and yet beautiful steps make you feel a lot more energized. The movie as a whole, has something like a Gothic horror background and it works so well.

“Rahasyamayi”: Puthiya Mukham [Prithviraj Sukumaran, Priyamani]
Even though this has been a less interesting movie which has slow motion stunts with less interesting story and too much heroism from the protagonist, the two songs in this movie are highly energizing and worth dancing. Prithviraj and Priyamani makes a nice combination here. The other one “Thattum Muttum” is also very good and both of these are the kind of music which you can play in high volume while traveling to get energized for a long drive – I have tried it ūüėÄ

“Dhooreyetho”: Rakkilipattu [Stage dance]
This movie with an almost all-female cast had some lovely songs and worked nicely as a thriller; it might also be Priyadarshan’s best without a leading male star acting in it. Among those songs, this one remains my favourite; the music energizes and the stage program in the video actually happens while the main incident in the movie happens. One has to wonder why the Malayalam version of the flick called Snegithiye in Tamil released only after seven years – not fair for a bilingual movie.

“Minnithennum”: Niram [Kunchako Boban, Shalini]
Niram is a movie which we are not going to forget so easily – even though we were quite a long time away from the college when this campus based movie was released, there was such a big impact that the Kunchako Boban – Shalini had gone on to continue their success story as a pair. This had looked more advanced than the rest of the campus romance movies, and twisted the trend to inspire more such movies, but none of them including its remakes could become this awesome, and this song is a reminder of its awesomeness – free nostalgia.

“Kunukune”: Yodha [Mohanlal, Madhoo]
Even though simple, so much fun; that was something about Yodha that we all cherish; the same is the case of this song which is part of that only Malayalam movie in which Rahman has composed the music until now. There song just feels good and gives you the energy in a special way. The visuals and the nostalgia about the movie might have played a big role in the same, but this song and the movie shot in Nepal surely has a major role in the supply of energy every day.

“Suryanaalam”: Thacholi Varghese Chekavar [Mohanlal, Urmila Matondkar]
Along with “Maaleyam Marodalinju”, this is another beautiful song from the movie, and Urmila Matondkar looked so good in this song which was so close to the Kerala traditional style. Even though the movie was more of a thriller, the light shades are seen in this movie which brought Urmila Matondkar in a cute and more traditional way to the Keralites especially with the song in the same year in which Rangeela had released. The traditional dance form of Kalaripayattu remains strong here.

“Pulliman Kidave”: Mazhavillu [Kuncako Boban, Preeti Jhangiani]
Vineeth is the most well known classical dancer around, and he is in this movie doing a much remembered classical dance, but this one has Kunchako Boban and Preeti Jhangiani doing the steps; with the latter having that contagious smile like no other. I watched this movie much later because I knew how tragic it was going to end, but the song was always in my list, and this is just one of those many beautiful songs in this movie. When the bad guy survives, it was going to be a flop at that time, but this was actually an interesting flick too.

*”Chilambolikkaatte”: CID Moosa [Dileep, Bhavana]
*”Minnaraponnalle”: Runway [Dileep, Kavya Madhavan]
I have added these two songs to the list because they have been the most popular songs for performing on the stage for quite a long time. They did manage to be part of the Onam and New Year programs at our flat consistently.

Also do watch the new “Taazgi Ka Dhamaka” video from Allu Arjun and Anushka Manchanda

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Creating New Destinations

There have been lots of occasions when movies have created future travel destinations for us, just like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara created and developed Spain as a popular destination among us, even as I don’t have that much of a¬†high¬†opinion about that bourgeoisie¬†movie rooted in Carpe Diem. Some of the popular destinations include the United States, UAE and Malaysia as far as Malayalam movies are concerned, but these won’t be part of this, as I would rather talk about some movies which has given us certain destination to keep in our minds.

The movies that I have listed here are all recommended, even as I can’t guarantee that they will work for everyone. But there is certainty about its assertion of location, and we shall not go on without feeling something for the places where these movies were shot. There will always be people who are not in need of magic or imagination in their lives, and for such people, I hope they will find their own movies of this kind. All the images used in this post are from the official pages of these movies (Amen, Mosayile Kuthira Meenukal and London Bridge).

The masterpiece which was Amen; it is also a visual spectacle at its best

The masterpiece which was Amen; it is also a visual spectacle at its best

5. Mazhavillu (Germany)
This is a tragic love story set in Germany, and the songs as well as the cinematography makes one fall in love with a location which was not much popular in Malayalam movies. The movie has about five beautiful songs, two of them powerfully linked to the seasons of the place, and clearly reflecting the moods of nature. Even as there is city life, the rural locations are given a lot of significance in this movie as it focuses on the romance and the terror that awaits the lovers which would break down their life and can send them into the depths of a never-ending abyss. I would strongly recommend the songs of this movie with the video, especially “Ponnolathumbi” – the lyrics and the tune nicely works in the minds of the viewers with the visuals.

4. Yodha (Nepal)
Nepal has been one of my favoured destinations since the first time watched this movie, and with its wonderful monuments, and the feeling that this movie gives, there should have been a lot of visitors to Nepal. But that time of release was not really a period of travel, wasn’t it? The human life used to be so simple at that time, and we could live life as it was meant to be. One thing certain about Yodha is that it has undoubtedly created that spark for one day traveling to Nepal in the minds of a lot of people, and even as it won’t come alive now, that factor will show its flame sooner or later. Such is the influence that this movie, its situations and dialogues got for its viewers.

Mosayile Kuthira Meenukal nicely portrays the scenic beauty and connects it to the idea

Mosayile Kuthira Meenukal nicely portrays scenic beauty & connects it to the idea

3. Mosayile Kuthira Meenukal (Lakshadweep and Andaman)
This movie takes its viewers to that enchanting world of islands, lagoons and sea like never before, as it explores human selfishness in comparison to the sword-fish, and a love story that stands the tests of the world, and another which blossoms into beauty. With its excellent style of narration and the beautiful world that it brings to its viewers in the form of seaside splendour, Mosayile Kuthira Meenukal is a thought-provoking adventure with a strong romantic side, working strongly to create an eternal bond with the islands off the Indian coast and will surely boost its tourism up-to an extent Рonly if people had the brains to understand its idea better! Read review at:

2. London Bridge (London and Scottish Highlands)
Despite its average performance, London Bridge is a powerful display of the beauty of the city of London as well as the natural splendour of Scotland. If you get a chance to go through any of the songs of this movie, it would be perfectly clear. As a beautiful movie with beautiful people and beautiful locations, this movie has got complete control of its locations as it uses them to full advantage, especially the seasons of autumn, winter and spring. The bridge itself is the symbol of the connections in this movie, and we can see it quite often. If nothing much has inspired you enough to visit the United Kingdom, this surely will, as long as you have the eyes to appreciate beauty and a mind worth enough. Read review at:

London Bridge has that beauty which can make Dracula take a stake through his heart

London Bridge has that beauty which can make Dracula take a stake through his heart

1. Amen (Kerala Backwaters)
The visual glory of Amen is something that can never be questioned even in the least spectacular shot that the movie can offer. It is undoubtedly Lijo Jose Pelllissery’s magnum opus, and along with itself being a magical movie, the visuals are also simply out of this world. Set in Kuttanad, the movie tells the story of a group of people living around a church, and there is a romantic love story nicely woven around music and a competition among the music bands. Supposed to be remade in Bollywood with Ranbir Kapoor in the leading role, one has to wonder if the beauty of the backwaters which this movie has so efficiently using in portraying its message and visually mesmerizing the audience can work this well anywhere else.¬†Read review at: