Call it the beauty of nature, a dose of stupidity, naïvety of age or a proof that innocence is not yet lost among youth – that even in this calculating modern world, we continue to find some of the youth falling in love, full of idealism and hope! Celebrating that spirit of love, here is an attempt to list out some of my favorite romantic melodies from Malayalam film songs.
But before listing that, allow me to introduce (some of) you to a conversation from the movie ‘Ustaad Hotel’, a movie, among other themes, captures the affectionate relationship that develops between Faizi (a “good-looking, educated abroad” youth who is also a “professionally qualified chef”) and his grandfather, Kareem (“Kareem Ikka”).
“Oro sulaimaniyilum orithiri mohabbat venam…, athu kudikkimbo lokam ingane pathukkeyayi vannu nikkanam”(“Every sip of tea should have an element of love, intoxicated, that the universe comes to stillness”).
This list is dedicated to those who have fallen into that abyss of intoxication…
1. Devi Nin Chiriyil, Rajaparampara (1977)
2. Saradindu Malardeepa, Ulkadal (1979)
3. Sundari, Nin Thumbu Kettiyitta, Shalini Ente Koottukari (1980)
4. Thenum Vayambum, Thenum Vayambum (1981)
5. Thozhuthu Madangum Sandhyayumetho, Aksharangal (1984)
6. Mazhavillin Malar Thedi, Katha Ithuvare (1985)
7. Sukhamo Devi, Sukhamo Devi (1986)
8. Oru Kadalolam, Love Story (1986)
9. Paadaam Namukku Paadaam, Yuvajanotsavam (1986)
10. Aakaashamake Kani Malar, Namukku Paarkkan Munthirithoppukal (1986)
11. Vysakhasandhye, Nadodikattu (1987)
12. Manjin Chirakulla, Swagatham (1989)
13. Neermizhipeeliyil, Vachanam (1989)
14. Pathiramazhayetho, Ulladakkam (1991)
15. Tharam Valkkannaadi Nokki, Keli (1991)
16. Neelaravilinnu Ninte, Kudumbasametham (1992)
17. Allimalar Kaavil Pooram Kaanaan, Midhunam (1993)
18. Rajahamsame, Chamayam (1993)
19. Enthinu Veroru Suryodayam, Mazhayethum Munpe (1995)
20. Aaro Viral Neetti, Pranaya Varnangal (1998)
21. Oru Rathri Koodi, Summer in Bethlehem (1998)
22. Parayaan Maranna Paribhavangal, Garshom (1999)
23. Poomakal Vaazhunna, Kaattu Vannu Vilichappol (2000)
24. Oru Narupushpamayi, Meghamalhar (2001)
25. Oru Chembaneer Puvirithu Njanomale, Sthithi (2003)
I hope the above list has some of your favourite songs. There is a good possibility that the above list have some of your favourite songs, if you are someone who watched ‘Ustad Hotel’ and enjoyed the below conversation.
Uppuppa…, ingade mohabattinte katha paranjutaruo?
Uppuppaakku mohabbattundaarnennu anakkentada orappu?
Athu…, sulaimani kudicha aalkalle athinte ruchi ariyavullu!!!
Grandpa, why don’t you narrate me the story of your love…?
Boy, how in the world do you know that your grandpa was immersed in love!?!
Well…, only the one who sipped the tea will know its essence!!!
If you’ve been heart-broken, know that you have a blessed opportunity. While the bold fall in love – they dare to move beyond the divisions of religious, casteist, linguist and economic status, they are also rooted in the fundamentals of Dharma. Hazrat Inayat Khan, a Sufi master, says, “God breaks the heart again and again and again until it stays open.” Allow your heart to be broken again and again and again so that it increasingly opens up for the entire Universe – fellow human beings, stones, plants, animals and lizards.
Did i miss your favourite song? If so, what would be yours? Mention on the comments section below…