7G Rainbow Colony

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7G Rainbow Colony/7G Brundhavan Colony
7G Rainbow Colony DVD Cover.jpg
Tamil DVD Cover
Directed by Selvaraghavan
Produced by A. M. Rathnam
Written by Selvaraghavan
Starring Ravi Krishna
Sonia Agarwal
Suman Setty
Music by Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography Arvind Krishna
Edited by Kola Bhaskar
Production
company
Sri Surya Movies
Release date
15 October 2004
Running time
185 min.
Country India
Language Tamil
Telugu

7G Rainbow Colony is a 2004 Indian bilingual romantic drama film written and directed by Selvaraghavan, starring Ravi Krishna, who debuted in this film, and Sonia Agarwal in lead roles, with music scored by Yuvan Shankar Raja and cinematography handled by Arvind Krishna. Being a bilingual project, the film was simultaneously shot in Tamil and Telugu languages, with the latter titled as 7/G Brundavan Colony with Chandra Mohan playing Ravi Krishna's father, all dialogues are spoken in Telugu and the backdrop being changed as Hyderabad instead of Chennai. The film, released on 15 October 2004, met with critical acclaim and was a mega-hit upon release.[1][2] Moreover, Ravi Krishna received the Filmfare Best Male Debut (South) for his acting performance, whilst Yuvan Shankar Raja was awarded the Filmfare Best Music Director Award for his highly praised musical score. Later it was remade in Bengali language as Prem Amar which too was very successful in Odia as Balunga Toka.[3][4][5] It was also remade in Kannada as Gilli.

Plot[edit]

The movie begins with Kadhir (Ravi in Telugu version) (Ravi Krishna) on his way to work. People stare at him and laugh behind his back as he travels to his office. He appears distracted throughout the day and even instructs his assistant to postpone an important meeting with a big client. He then waits for someone at the Beach with a bouquet of flowers. His best friend, Lakshmi (Suman Shetty) sees him and asks him who he is waiting for her. Kadhir explains he is waiting to meet his girlfriend, Anita (Sonia Agarwal) for their date. In flashbacks, we are shown how Kadhir first met Anita.

Kadhir belongs to a lower middle class family, living with his parents and younger sister in Rainbow Colony in Chennai (Telugu version as Brundavan Colony in Hyderabad). He is perceived as a good for nothing person as he skips classes, fails in exams, and gets involved in fights. Kadhir believes that his father (Vijayan) (Chandra Mohan in Telugu version) hates him and often quarrels with him, even threatening to leave the house, only to be persuaded not to do so by his mother (Sudha). Kadhir's life changes when a once well lived family moves into the same colony due to loss in business. Kadhir is attracted to the daughter to his new neighbour, Anita. Although he tries to woo her, Anita treats him with disdain. One day, Kadhir confesses to Anita that he loves her. He tells her that having always been ridiculed, he found respite in the fact that she at least bothered to look at him. He promises to wipe her thoughts out of his mind, as he is not right for her.

Despite himself, Kadhir continues pursuing her. Anita realizes that Kadhir is not such a useless fellow when Lakshmi tells her that he can dismantle and assemble a motorcycle within minutes. Anita takes Kadhir to a Hero Honda dealer and asks them to give him a job. He is promised a job if he can assemble a bike. Initially, the lethargic Kadhir is disinterested and gives up the task. Anita takes him to the washroom and slaps him before revealing that she has fallen in love with him. She then tells him that they can only be together if he gets a proper job and gets his life straightened out. Kadhir then demonstrates his skill in motorcycle assembly, securing a job with the dealer.

Later that evening, Kadhir plans a treat for his friends. However, Anita confronts him and makes him break the good news to his parents first to get their blessings. However, Kadhir's father berates him as usual for getting a job instead of completing college. Then later at night, Kadhir overhears his father telling his mother how proud he is of their son since getting a job with such a prestigious company is not easy. Only then does Kadhir realize his father's love for him and weeps in joy.

The intimacy between Kadhir and Anita is discovered by her mother and she refuses to permit their marriage even as Kadhir's father tries to persuade her otherwise. Anita's family is heavily indebted to another Northern Indian family that has been supporting them since Anita's father suffered losses in his business. Anita's parents want Anita to marry the son of the family that has helped them.

Anita escapes her home and meets Kadhir in a tourist place near Thekkady in Kerala and they end up in a hotel room. Anita reveals that she has made the biggest decision of her life by deciding to make love to him, as he should not regret falling in love with her when she marries the man her parents chose. Though stunned by her decision, Kadhir goes with her plan and the two consummate their love. The next morning Kadhir and Anita argue when Kadhir says he wants Anita to live with him, while Anita accuses him of being attracted to her only because of the sex. They continue arguing as they exit the hotel. While crossing the road, Anita is knocked down by a truck as a helpless Kadhir watches. Kadhir is also hit by a speeding vehicle. Anita dies on the spot and after sadly returning to Chennai, Kadhir tries to commit suicide only to be helped by a group of nuns. Kadhir then hallucinates about Anita's spirit coming to him and advising him to live life to the fullest.

Back in present day, it is revealed that Kadhir has become very successful person in his life but has remained mentally damaged since Anita's death. He still believes that she is alive and always imagines talking to her. The film ends with Kadhir talking to himself at the beach, thinking that he is talking with Anita.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

7G Rainbow Colony was the second venture of Selvaraghavan as a director. He revealed that the film's inspiration came from his college days when he had been fascinated with a Punjabi girl during his education in KK Nagar.[6] He based several of the scenes on real-life happenings with his friends, revealing that the film was "75% biographical" and the lead character was an "average guy" like himself, who "no one would make a film on".[7] Selva cast Ravikrishna, son of producer Rathnam after a successful screen test. For the lead female role, Selvaraghavan initially considered Genelia D'Souza and auditioned Mumbai model Mamata, who was to work with Dhanush in Sibi Chakravarthy's shelved film Raghava, before selecting Sonia Agarwal due to her Punjabi origin.[8]

Soundtrack (Tamil)[edit]

7G Rainbow Colony:
The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
7G Rainbow Colony.jpg
Soundtrack album by Yuvan Shankar Raja
Released 21 May 2004
Recorded 2004
Genre Soundtrack
Length 41:55
Label Five Star Audio
Producer Ganesh.N
Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology
Perazhagan
(2004)
7G Rainbow Colony:
The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

(2004)
Manmadhan
(2004)

Selvaraghavan teamed up once again with musician Yuvan Shankar Raja after Thulluvadho Ilamai and Kaadhal Kondein. The soundtrack released on 21 May 2004 and features 10 tracks overall, two of which are Instrumentals. The lyrics were penned by Na. Muthukumar. Yuvan Shankar Raja used live music for the score, for which he worked with a 40-piece orchestra for one month.[9] As it was the case with Kaadhal Kondein, an "Original Soundtrack", consisting of 25 tracks, which are pieces of the film score and were titled as "Theme Music", was released afterwards. It includes one bit song "Idhu Enna Maatram" (Theme Music 14), sung by legendary singer P. B. Sreenivas. Yuvan Shankar Raja has given a Madhuvanti in "Kanaa Kaanum Kaalangal".[10]

Composer Yuvan Shankar Raja received universal critical acclaim for the musical score as the songs and the film score were hailed as "excellent"[11] and the album as a "great" and "must buy".[12] Particularly, the instrumental track in the album was very much lauded, described as "highly innovative" and "eminently haunting"[13] and even hailed as "one of the most haunting instrumental tracks ever".[12] The song became very popular and were topping the charts for some time.[13][14] Yuvan Shankar Raja received his first Filmfare Best Music Director Award in Tamil for the music, at the age of 25, becoming the youngest composer ever to win this award till 2011 when GV Prakash Kumar won Filmfare Best Music Director Award in Tamil for his work in, Aadukalam[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Ninaithu Ninaithu Parthal"Shreya Ghoshal4:37
2."Kanaa Kaanum Kaalangal"Harish Raghavendra, Srimathumitha, Ustad Sultan Khan5:31
3."Naam Vayathukku"Unnikrishnan, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Shalini, Ganga5:06
4."Music of Joy"Instrumental3:53
5."Kan Pesum Varthaigal"Karthik5:50
6."Idhu Porkkalama"Harish Raghavendra3:08
7."Kanaa Kaanum Kaalangal"Harish Raghavendra, Srimathumitha5:32
8."January Madham"Mathangi Jagdish, Kunal Ganjawala5:12
9."Walking Through The Rainbow (Theme Music)"Instrumental3:21
10."Ninaithu Ninaithu Parthen"KK4:16
11."Ithu enna maatram"P. B. Sreenivas 

All music composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja.

Awards[edit]

Box office[edit]

The film opened in 92 screens throughout Tamil Nadu and expanded to 118 prints. Made on a budget of 3 crore, it turned profitable yielding a distributor share of 10 crore.[15][16][2][17]

Telugu version[edit]

The film was simultaneously made in Telugu and simultaneously released as 7G Brundavan Colony. Some changes were made for Telugu. the lead character was named Ravi instead of Kadhir, and that the role of the protagonist's father was played by Telugu actor Chandra Mohan

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Top Ten Telugu films of 2004". Sify. Retrieved 2012-07-13.
  5. ^ "Mohanlal in the first superhit of 2005!". Rediff. 16 February 2005. Retrieved 2012-07-13.
  6. ^ http://www.sify.com/movies/tamil/interview.php?id=13589250&cid=2408
  7. ^ http://www.indiaglitz.com/channels/tamil/article/35967.html
  8. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20031224203909/http://www.chennaionline.com/reeltalk/12reeltalk3rd.asp
  9. ^ "'Technology has killed music'". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 15 March 2005. Retrieved 2009-08-02.
  10. ^ "Twice as nice". The Hindu. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  11. ^ "Movie Review : '7G Rainbow Colony': different and delectable". musicindiaonline.com. Retrieved 2009-08-02.
  12. ^ a b "7G Rainbow Colony – A cut above other current albums". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 2009-08-02.
  13. ^ a b "'Rainbow Colony' still rules". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 2009-08-02.
  14. ^ "7-G Rainbow Colony back on top". musicindiaonline.com. Retrieved 2009-08-02.
  15. ^ 7G Rainbow Colony yields 10 crore share for distributors
  16. ^ 7G Rainbow Colony turns profitable in first week
  17. ^ "Chennai weekend box-office (Oct 15- 17)". Sify. Retrieved 2012-07-13.

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