Falling in love with distinguish between, which has always been bit challenging in school especially in biology that too between ‘Mitosis‘ and ‘Meiosis‘. Many of us would have faced the situation where teacher would have called and said while distributing answer sheets, “Everything is right. Just that you had interchanged the heading.” But here wishing to make a point clear, without interchanging, whether it is ‘Vaaranam Aayiram’ or வாரணம் ஆயிரம்.
First, the title of the movie. The title is from நாச்சியார் திருமொழி written by ஶ்ரீ ஆண்டாள். There are 143 poems in 14 thirumozhis. This work falls under the category அகநானூறு. Each thirumozhi title comes from first word of the first song in that particular thirumozhi. Writing as Vaaranam Aayiram is like not doing justice to Shri Andal. So, வாரணம் ஆயிரம் − நாச்சியார் திருமொழி 6ஆம் திருமொழி – வாரணம் ஆயிரம், மாயவன் தன்னை மணம் செய்யக் கண்ட தூயநற் கனவைத் தோழிக்கு உரைத்தல். வாரணம் ஆயிரம் is written following the grammatical rule/ comes under the classification கலிவிருத்தம்.
Released in the year 2008. Directed by one of the finest directors, Gautam Vasudev Menon. Staring Surya in double act as father and son, Simran, Sameera Reddy, Divya Spandana in lead roles. Awesome compositions by Harris Jayaraj. The movie won National award for best feature film in Tamil. One of the finest plots on healthy parenting. Gautam’s father would have been really happy to get such a tribute from his son. Gautam would have knit the plot so well with father’s love, inspiration. ‘Why dad is the first hero?’ comes effortlessly in the plot. As always awesome costumes for all. A visual treat. Songs in the movie go well with plot, all on place and say the mood of the movie at each stage.
To start with ‘Mundhinam Paarthenae‘, an awesome vintage love. Graceful video comprising ‘the old red bus’, ‘mappilai azhaipu’ also known as ‘Janavaasam’ car. Just that could have concentrated more on Simran’s hair do. Thamarai’s lyrics showcase upgraded level of love. One cannot explain friction better than ‘Uyir rendum uraiya kanden nerungamalae’ and the way she describes the defeat of ‘Thulabaaram’ says all; beautifully rendered by Naresh Iyer and Prashanthini.
‘Yethi Yethi Yethi‘ is the only song penned by Na.Muthukumar in the movie which beautifully expresses all teenage happiness. Takes to adolescence period. “Light house uh uyarathiyum enga love letter thaandum. Paritchyila bhadhil ezhudha paadhi paper la nondum“, a LOL lyric. Signs off with a practical advice “Suttadhan neruppu. Pattadhan poruppu“, a joyful rendition by Benny Dayal, Kunal Ganjawala, Naresh Iyer, Solar Sal.
‘Nenjukkul peidhidum maamazhai‘ is bliss. An ineffable rendition by Hariharan, Krish, Devan and Prasanna. This song tells how to love and respect other. Loving the other along with their family makes love more beautiful. Both appa Surya and Son Surya, don’t hesitate to take the lover to family or make the relationship official, a true sign of love and commitment. “Ippodhu ennodu vandhal enna? Oor paaka ondraga sendral enna?“, “Ennodu vaa veedu varaikum, en veetai paar ennai pidikum“. The absolute bliss, touch is “Kadal ennai kekka villai, kettal adhu kaadhal illai“. Not to forget ‘Oh Shanthi Shanthi‘ by Clinton Cerejo and SPB Charan during the chase.
One of the most beautiful song which can make anyone fall in love is ‘Adiyae Kolludhe‘, accompanied by Guitar throughout. “Solla vaarthaiyin sugamae mayil thogai polavae en meedhu oorudhae“, “Unnai thotru nee ennai vendraiyae” says it all, fast, awesome rendition by Benny Dayal, Krish, Shruti Hassan. Simran telling him about staying under the same roof says the kind of upbringing, being a friend without compromising on values shows the best kind of parenting on screen; same when he cries over phone after the death of Meghna “Amma ta vaada”. Another awesome character in the movie is Shankar Menon. A much needed solace in his crisis.
Then is the folkish, splendid rendition ‘Anjalai‘. Back then in the text message era, ‘Tell me about yourself in 21 questions’, ‘Which song describes your love?’ were common. ‘Nenjukkul peidhidum maamazhai’ and ‘Anjalai’ would have topped the list. SAMCO hotel did undergo tremendous Change. “Enna aalae maaritel Thiruna” is the kind of transformation. As he gets addicted to drugs, parents love and attention comforts him and he sets out to search and find himself.
“ஒரு பெரும் அவமானத்திற்குப் பிறகான
ஒரு அன்பின் நிராகரிப்புக்குப் பிறகான
ஒரு நீண்ட எதிர்பார்ப்புக்குப் பிறகான
ஒரு நேர்மையான முயற்சிக்குப் பிறகான
இவை போல் உந்துதல் தருவன
− Vignesh GR S
Sums up the story line in this part of the movie.
He heals completely and falls in love with Divya, still a question mark on telepathy. Divya, another beautiful, strong woman who doesn’t hesitate to be emotionally naked looking for mutual love and respect. Next is nothing but ‘Anal Melae Pani thuli‘ beautiful rendition by Sudha Ragunathan.
The movie gives total justification on how father influences love values and life values of a son; how he motivates, stands by his side during crisis. Wish Tamil cinema chooses to leave the myth of first love, the illusion but more about self love which is everlasting.
With healthy parenting and teaching on handling extreme emotions, the movie is வாரணம் ஆயிரம்.
Quote by Vignesh GR S
நாச்சியார் திருமொழி by ஶ்ரீ ஆண்டாள்.