Raaja Paarvai – Amavasya Chandrudu BGM

Raaja Paarvai - Amavasya Chandrudu BGM
Raaja Paarvai – Amavasya Chandrudu BGM
Directed by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao
Produced by Chandra Haasan, Charuhasan
Starring Kamal Haasan, Madhavi
Music by Ilayaraja
Production Company: Haasan Brothers
Release Date : 10 April 1981

Raaja Paarvai (Amavasya Chandrudu) Story: Raja Paarvai’ was Kamal’s 100th movie and he donned multiple hats for it – producer, part-writer, and lead actor. It did not quite click at the Box Office and in fact left him in a financial struggle, nonetheless, it has grown in stature over the years and Kamal went on to collaborate further with the director, Singeetam Srinivasa Rao on popular movies in days to come.

The movie scores for showing Kamal leading a very normal life as a blind Violinist. Competent in his work and supported by Y G Mahendiran in the buddy role, Kamal does do extraordinary things and one of the highlights is that he falls in love with Nancy (essayed by Madhavi) a Christian girl. Their romance develops in a realistic manner and they have a lot of fun moments together – so the overall mood of the movie is quite positive and that was rare and refreshing in those days when melodrama would tend to dominate Tamil movies.

Playing the role of Violinist provides a nifty framework for a couple of lovely songs (Andhi Mazhai Pozhikirathu and Azhagae Azhagu) and beautiful BGM by isaignani Ilaiyaraja. The unusual romance creates an expected tussle between Kamal and Nancy’s family (except for her doting grandfather who approves of Nancy’s free spirit). The conflict scenes are true-to-the type and realistically done. In fact, we see shades of it being repeated in the much acclaimed ‘VTV’ although the end is not as happy in the case of the latter. Just reminds one that there is very little that is new under the Sun.

He also uses YG Mahendiran’s character as an effective foil to generate a few laughs. There are many witty ‘one-liners’ in the story that you will ‘blink and miss’ while watching it for the first time. Nancy is supported by her grandfather, realistically portrayed by veteran L V Prasad though his final act is a bit ‘out-of-character’.

Kamal’s choice of his 100th film being such an off-beat and classic film sets him apart from the many who would prefer to do a typical masala film. He handles the subject in a ‘slice-of-life’ fashion and shows the lead characters to be vulnerable to other people’s machinations. The final climax might be a bit ‘over-the-top’ but the sequence leading up to it is quite credible.

Probably the movie was a bit ahead of its time and so it did not set the registers ringing at the Box Office. But it has gained ‘cult status’ now and is surely on a ‘must-watch’ list of Kamal’s movies.

Content Courtesy: Raja Paarvai – Wikipedia

for more background scores: https://ilayaraja.in/category/bgm/

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.