Sunday, January 25, 2009

End with a Bang

Shooting the climax in a movie is as critical as rest of the whole film, because it leaves a mark of the whole film as a synopsis in the mind of audience and hence, It poses a great challenge for any director.

As far as Tamil movies are concerned, there was a long period when songs were mainly used as a filler in the first half of the movie for the most part. Illayaraja has displayed his power and strength to have the entire climax with just a song, many times. It is special because, dialogue has been such an important tool for a director and in the event of ending a movie without any dialogue and with just a song is a challenge for both the director and music composer.

Some of the remarkable and evergreen songs employed in climax that I can think of:
  • Vedam Anuvilum Oru Naadham (Salangai Oli)
  • Sangeetha Jaathi Mullai (Kaadhal Oviyam)
  • Thangachi Thangachi (Kutty)
  • Vaarthai Thavari Vittai (Sethu)
  • Nallathor Veenai Seithaen (Bharathi)
The above mentioned are special because, I can't even think of any dialogue after these songs. However, in many other movies as well, Raaja has used songs in climax like:
  • Kalaivaaniye Unai Thaane (Sindhu Bhairavi)
  • Mariyamma Mariyamma (Karagattakaran)
  • Yaar paadum paadal endraalum (Paatukku Naan Adimai)
  • Adada Ahangaara Adakka (Pithamagan)
  • Idhayam Oru Kovil (Idhaya Kovil)
  • Mani Osai Kettu (Payanangal Mudivathillai)
  • and many more....

Coming to think of the songs that have been and are merely used as a filler, these songs definitely stand out, because they are special and had a purpose!

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