Aw, isn’t this cute? I’m actually several parts into watching this Malayalam movie without subtitles and I haven’t tired of the experience yet. The whole movie is available on YouTube and I’m posting Part 5 below because it contains the clearest copy of the hit song “Aayiram Kannumaayi”… I get that the general plot revolves around a lot of sentimental scenes between a grandmother and a granddaughter, a goofy neighbor played by Mohanlal, and a few neighborhood brats… These are all fine performers, which is probably why I’m not tiring of the film yet (even though I can’t understand a word of it), though I keep hoping that Grandma will do a bharatanatyam dance. (If anyone out there has a detailed plot description or could offer some translations, please send along!)
This year for May Day, I’m honoring the Kerala People’s Arts Club. I wrote a bit about KPAC about 20 months ago, when I also posted the first song here from KPAC’s most famous play-turned-movie, Ningalenne Communistakki (“You Made Me a Communist”). I’m going to include a couple of songs from that film today, as well as a song clip from another film and audio clips. Much of this is sweet, spirited music, great stuff for a happy May Day!
I like to call this first song from Ningalenne Communistakki the “campus rally song.” That’s what it looks like, anyway. I also posted it last May Day, but I think this is a better clip:
I haven’t posted this one before, but it seems to be a different variation of the song I posted 20 months ago. Unfortunately, the video is cluttered with annoying banners and logos, but the clip is still very cute and sweet. I have a theory that only in Kerala could they make communist movies that look and sound this cute and sweet.
This song is from the other KPAC play-turned-movie, Mooladhanam. This is great!
I like this next song a lot. Of course, I don’t know what the words mean, nor do I know the context, but I know it is a KPAC song, and the YouTube poster has also illustrated it with graphics that provide a few subtle hints about the song’s politics:
And this is a really nice KPAC drama song, “Cheppu Kilukkana,” danced to by students at the Arabhi Sangeetha Academy: