Rani Theni was a film that released in 1983. The film had Deepan Chakravarthy as hero and Sree, the daughter of AVM Rajan and Pushpalatha, as the heroine. It also starred Kamal Hassan in a guest role as a comedian appearing in a track with no relation to the plot. In fact, he has a kickass song, Sambo Sambo which appears in the first half and reappears in the second half with the same picturization. As in, the same song is repeated twice as filler. With such sorry content, it is no wonder that the film disappeared without a trace. It however had some cool music from Raaja and the song I’m sharing today is a personal favorite, Ramanukke Seethai.
The song is a template duet as a hero and heroine fall in love and these situations are dime a dozen in Indian cinema, been done to death and all that jazz yet the soul in any song will stand time, if there is any in the first place. That it is noticed or not is something depending on a number of variables. In my opinion, this song carries a lot of soul in its melody. It is sung by Deepan himself and S Janaki. It is set to Kalyani and we also hear its janyam, Hamir Kalyani across the song. It is a pleasant raga and a pleasant song which most of the people I guess will find enjoyable.
However a few things do catch the eye, or rather the ears, as the song grows. SJ’s beautiful hum for a prelude is followed by guitars rolling in. I totally love the bass guitar tumbling down as SJ goes naan paadalaam nee raagamaam. There is a certain musical style statement there in my opinion. The lead melody we hear is quite Indian in the pallavi. However, both the interludes are contemporary western with elements of rock. The dichotomy of perhaps invoking Rama, Seeta, Krishna and Radha in a modern context reflects in the arrangements of the quaint lead melody and modern interludes. The flute in the second interlude with the guitars and drums is that bridge between the two genres like love is that bridge between the ancient and modern. The Maestro nails it just like that as the final pallavi carries different lines from Panju Arunachalam which ends by invoking ragam and paadal for the hero and the heroine. Like with Rama and Seetha, or rather the soul of the love birds in this song, marriage of music and love happens there (highly undeserving brilliance for THIS film). Quite easily Raaja’d. Panju too plays it well invoking raagam and paadal when the heroine sings and vice versa when the hero sings.
Oh and S Janaki is absolutely heartwarming.
Video, if you dare: http://splicd.com/LCmxvEJSWuo/2036/2298