7G Rainbow Colony
|7G Rainbow Colony|
|Produced by||A. M. Rathnam|
|Music by||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Edited by||Kola Bhaskar|
Sri Surya Movies
|15 October 2004|
7G Rainbow Colony is a 2004 Tamil 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. The film, released on 15 October 2004, met with critical acclaim and commercial success upon release. 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. The film was simultaneously released in Telugu language as 7G Brundhavan Colony. Later it was remade in Bengali Language as Prem Amar which too was very successful in Odia as Balunga Toka. It was also remade in Kannada as Gilli.
Kadhir (Ravi Krishna) belongs to a lower middle class family, living with his parents and younger sister in Rainbow Colony. 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 hates him and often quarrels with him, even threatening to leave the house, only to be persuaded not to do so by his mother.
Kadhir's life changes when a Hindi speaking North Indian family moves into the same colony. Kadhir is attracted to the daughter of that family, Anita (Sonia Agarwal). Although he tries to woo her, Anita treats him with disdain.
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 his best friend tells her that he can dismantle and assemble a motorcycle within minutes. Anita takes Kadhir to a Hero Honda dealer and asks them to offer him a job. He is promised a job if he can assemble a bike. Initially, Kadhir is disinterested and gives up the task. She tells him that she loves him and asks how he would take care of her without a job. Kadhir then demonstrates his skill in motorcycle assembly, securing a job with the dealer.
His father is proud of his son for the first time, when Kadhir gives him his offer letter. Though he refuses to openly praise Kadhir, he does so secretly to Kadhir's mother that night. Overhearing the conversation, Kadhir realizes his father's love for him and weeps.
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 Hindi 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 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, Kadur 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 he tries to commit suicide only to find everyone screaming at him. Kadhir imagines Anita whenever he is lonely and she consoles him in spirit.
- Ravi Krishna as Kadhir (Ravi in Telugu version)
- Sonia Agarwal as Anitha
- Suman Setty as Lakshmi Narayanan
- Vijayan as Kadhir's father
- Chandra Mohan as Ravi's father (Telugu version)
- Sudha as Kadhir's mother
- Manorama (cameo)
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. 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". Selva casted 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.
|7G Rainbow Colony:
The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
|Soundtrack album by Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Released||21 May 2004|
|Label||Five Star Audio|
|Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology|
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. 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".
Composer Yuvan Shankar Raja received universal critical acclaim for the musical score as the songs and the film score were hailed as "excellent"  and the album as a "great" and "must buy". Particularly, the instrumental track in the album was very much lauded, described as "highly innovative" and "eminently haunting"  and even hailed as "one of the most haunting instrumental tracks ever". The song became very popular and were topping the charts for some time. 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.
|1.||"Ninaithu Ninaithu Parthal"||Shreya Ghoshal||4:37|
|2.||"Kanaa Kaanum Kaalangal"||Harish Raghavendra, Srimathumitha, Ustad Sultan Khan||5:31|
|3.||"Naam Vayathukku"||Unnikrishnan, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Shalini, Ganga||5:06|
|4.||"Music of Joy"||Instrumental||3:53|
|5.||"Kan Pesum Varthaigal"||Karthik||5:50|
|6.||"Idhu Porkkalama"||Harish Raghavendra||3:08|
|7.||"Kanaa Kaanum Kaalangal"||Srimathumitha, Ustad Sultan Khan||5:32|
|8.||"January Madham"||Mathangi Jagdish, Kunal Ganjawala||5:12|
|9.||"Walking Through The Rainbow (Theme Music)"||Instrumental||3:21|
|10.||"Ninaithu Ninaithu Parthen"||K. K.||4:16|
All music composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja.
|Original Soundtrack release|
|11.||"Theme Music 1"||1:43|
|12.||"Theme Music 2"||1:15|
|13.||"Theme Music 3"||1:17|
|14.||"Theme Music 4"||1:33|
|15.||"Theme Music 5"||1:59|
|16.||"Theme Music 6"||1:20|
|17.||"Theme Music 7"||1:04|
|18.||"Theme Music 8"||3:21|
|19.||"Theme Music 9"||0:28|
|20.||"Theme Music 10"||0:25|
|21.||"Theme Music 11"||0:15|
|22.||"Theme Music 12"||0:43|
|23.||"Theme Music 13"||0:31|
|24.||"Theme Music 14 ("Idhu Enna Maatram"; sung by P. B. Sreenivas)"||0:49|
|25.||"Theme Music 15"||0:55|
|26.||"Theme Music 16"||1:45|
|27.||"Theme Music 17"||0:36|
|28.||"Theme Music 18"||1:21|
|29.||"Theme Music 19"||0:58|
|30.||"Theme Music 20"||0:27|
|31.||"Theme Music 21"||0:53|
|32.||"Theme Music 22"||1:15|
|33.||"Theme Music 23"||0:47|
|34.||"Theme Music 24"||1:02|
|35.||"Theme Music 25"||1:03|
- 2004: Filmfare Best Music Director Award (Tamil) - Yuvan Shankar Raja
- 2004: Filmfare Best Male Debut (Tamil) - Ravi Krishna
The film was simultaneously remade in Telugu and simultaneously released as 7G Brundavan Colony. The only difference with the Tamil version was that 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. The song "Thalachi Thalachi" known as "Ninaithu Ninaithu Parthel" in the Tamil version had a shorter duration as compared to the Telugu version.
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