Lesa Lesa

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Lesa Lesa
Lesamusic.jpg
Directed byPriyadarshan
Produced byVikram Singh
Written byN. Prasanna Kumar (dialogues)
Story byRanjith
Venu Nagavally
(Original Story)
Priyadarshan
(Additional Story)
Starring
Music byHarris Jayaraj
CinematographyTirru
Edited byN. Gopalakrishnan
Production
company
Film Works
Release date
‹See TfM›
  • 16 May 2003 (2003-05-16)
Running time
154 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Lesa Lesa (English: Lightly, Lightly), also referred to as Laysa Laysa,[1] is a 2003 Indian Tamil-language film directed by Priyadarshan and produced by Vikram Singh, who previously produced 12B. The film features Shaam and Trisha in the lead roles, while Vivek, Radharavi and Sreenivasan play supporting roles. Madhavan appears in a guest appearance. Cinematography is handled by Tirru, while the film's score and soundtrack were composed by Harris Jayaraj. The film is a partial remake of the 1998 Malayalam film Summer in Bethlehem, which was co-written by Ranjith and Venu Nagavally.[2][3]

Plot[edit]

The story starts with Chandru (Vivek) cheating most people in and around Ooty of their money due to his childish ventures. Though he hails from a rich family, he is unable to maintain the wealth because of his bad luck and unconcerned life style. He has a friend Rakesh (Shaam) who is a farm lord and a rich young man. Chandru saved Rakesh's life when he spotted him on a roadside accident on the hill side which he uses as a leverage for favours from the kind-hearted Rakesh.

One day Chandru's grandfather comes to Ooty to stay for two months, thinking that Chandru owns a large mansion and much land and money. The grandfather who is very rich is an ex-military man. Chandru, afraid to confess the truth to his grandfather, convinces Rakesh to act so that all of Rakesh's property as his and that Rakesh is his partner but he introduces to them as a manager. Rakesh angered by all this lying threatens to confront Chandru's relatives but is convinced again by Chandru to stay calm.

With the grandfather, comes his wife (Sathyapriya), and five well educated girls. The last girl, Balamani (Trisha), is the most favored and most fun. She is seen dull and nonchalant when she arrives, later has fun with the others. They have run-around with Rakesh who is irritated by them all. Later when Bala learns that all the property is not her cousin Chandru's but Rakesh's she apologises and they become friends. However, this soon becomes love for Rakesh, eventually he proposes to Bala. Bala becomes sober — she says that she likes him, but says that she's already married to a guy named Deva Narayanan (Madhavan). She doesn't explain further. Later Rakesh sees two people at night in the estate. He beats them up and Bala tells him that the unknown guys are actually Deva's friends and Deva is going to die.

Bala then explains how she fell for Deva: Deva is a professor at the college which Bala has joined. She learns that, though Deva is violent, he has no choice — her college is in very bad situation as it is planned to be sold, as it is a real estate gold mine. The board members and the management of that institution are for this selling as they are promised money. He behaves very violently and beats up the students who are gangsters sent in to disrupt normal college activities by conducting strikes. Eventually Deva is overwhelmed and is made to resign. He wants revenge and punishment for the guy who did this so he throws a small dynamite to immobilize the enemy's vehicle and injure him so that he wouldn't leave the country. All turns bad when a bus filled with children come next to his vehicle and the bomb kills many. Filled with remorse and regret, he accepts all charges and is given the death sentence.

After telling this, Bala confirms that she will kill herself the day when Deva is executed. Rakesh meets with Deva and convinces him to talk to Bala. Deva meets up with Bala and tells her that he has been lying about him and has not considered her to be a lover but as one among the many girls who fell for his charm. He lies so that Bala will change her mind to not kill herself but is not able to continue doing this. When he turns back to see Bala, she's gone, hearing only the first part in which Deva says he has cheated her into being his wife. Rakesh thanks Deva and leaves. Back home Bala determines to work hard and do more for her family and refuses the marriage.

When they all leave after the vacation Rakesh meets Bala and asks her whether she would change her mind someday and comeback or at least stay as his friend as he has no one. The train starts before she could give an answer. Bala gets down from the moving train and hugs Rakesh expressing her love for him.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Despite the relative failure of his previous venture 12B, Vikram Singh roped in Shaam and composer Harris Jayaraj again in his new venture Lesa Lesa being directed by veteran Priyadarshan.[5] The story of the film was partially adapted from the 1998 Malayalam film Summer in Bethlehem, which was co-written by Ranjith, Sreenivasan and Venu Nagavally and Priyadarshan developed a new screenplay.[6][7] Lesa Lesa became the first film Trisha had signed, and recalled that she had been trying to avoid films until she finished college but veteran director Priyadarshan's calls were "criminal to refuse".[8][9][10] She revealed she had no idea about the script of Lesa Lesa when she agreed to do the film and only later did Shaam and her have a one-hour narration of the script. During the making of the film, Trisha was dubbed as the "most happening debutante in Tamil film industry", and signed on to three other projects before the release of Lesa Lesa - Ennaku 20 Unnaku 18, Mounam Pesiyadhe and Thiruda, which she later opted out from.[11] The story of the film also required a guest appearance and Priyadarshan chose Madhavan for the role.[12] The team also roped in Radharavi and Sathyapriya along with four comedians - Vivek, Sreenivasan, Cochin Haneefa and Innocent to play pivotal roles in the film.[13][14] Art director Sabu Cyril constructed a house in Ooty for the film.[15] Venket Ram took the film's principal photographs, while Siddharth Chandrasekhar of Mittra Media made his debut as a publicity designer with the project.[16]

In order to concentrate on the project, Vikram Singh briefly shelved his other venture, Sivakumar's Acham Thavir featuring Madhavan and Jyothika in the lead roles.[13] The team had a forty-day schedule at Ooty, beginning at 6 and winding up at 6.[11][17] The film was initially set to release in the Diwali season of 2002 but was delayed.[12] The film was to release on Pongal of 2003, but was delayed again.[18] The delay meant that Lesa Lesa did not become Trisha's first film release, with pundits describing the film as "jinxed".[19]

Release[edit]

Malathi Rangarajan of The Hindu gave the film a positive review mentioning that "Shaam once again shows that he is a natural performer" and that the "surprise packet is the entry of Madhavan and as a fiery, forthright and straightforward professor, he makes a mark". The critic added that "every frame of "Lesa Lesa" spells aesthetics, thanks to award winning efforts by art director Sabu Cyril and cinematographer Tirru", concluding that " if one can forget the avoidable protractions in the second half, Vikram Singh's "Lesa Lesa" is a visual treat".[20] Sify praised the performances of the cast, the music, the cinematography, and the art.[21]

Initial collections were not so impressive, so distributors in Coimbatore and Madurai allegedly re-printed posters of the film which marketed Madhavan, who appeared in the film in a guest appearance, as the lead star of the film over Shaam to bank in on his star image.[22] In 2004, Priyadarshan was asked by the Malayalam Film Association to compensate producer Siyad Kokker for making Lesa Lesa in Tamil based on Kokker’s Summer In Bethlehem.[23]

Soundtrack[edit]

The movie's songs are set to the tunes of Harris Jayaraj and lyrics by Vaali. For the first time in Tamil cinema,[24] the team released a single, the title song, priced at nine rupees.[25][26][27][28][29] Vikram Singh chose to release the audio of the film at a cheap rate, to avoid piracy.[13] Upon release, the song "Aval Ulaghazhagi" received critical acclaim.[1]

Lesa Lesa
Soundtrack album by
Released2003
Recorded2003
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length30:44
LabelDivo
Filmworks Audio
Bayshore
Think Music
Ayngaran Music
ProducerHarris Jayaraj
Harris Jayaraj chronology
Samurai
(2002)
Lesa Lesa
(2003)
Saamy
(2003)

All tracks are written by Vaali.

Track-List
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Aval Ulaghazhagi"Karthik5:09
2."Lesa Lesa"Anuradha Sriram4:41
3."Lesa Lesa (Remix)"Anuradha Sriram, DJ Ivan4:29
4."Mudhal Mudhalai"Yugendran, Srimathumitha, Tippu5:29
5."Yedho Ondru"Srilekha Parthasarathy, Harish Raghavendra, Franko5:37
6."Ennai Polave"K. S. Chitra, Suchitra5:19
Total length:30:44

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2003 International Tamil Film Awards ITFA Best New Actress Award Trisha Won [30]

Legacy[edit]

The song "Mudhal Mudhalai" inspired the name of a 2007 film.[31] Trisha later worked with Priyadarshan in 2010, when the director chose to giver her a debut in Hindi films through his venture, Khatta Meetha.[32] In 2020, The Times of India stated that "Actor Vivek's comedy in this film is highly enjoyable and very popular even today".[33]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Srinivasa Ramanujam; Vishal Menon (14 February 2017). "Love, life and audiotapes". The Hindu.
  2. ^ Josekutty, Jim (7 June 2003). "Priyadarshan's films banned". India: Rediff.com. Retrieved 15 September 2010.
  3. ^ "Trisha's Lesa Lesa is a remake of a Malayalam film". Times of India. 17 August 2015. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Lesa Lesa (DVD): closing credits from 152.27 to 154.00
  5. ^ Poornima (19 April 2003). "Dhool, the only real Tamil hit". Rediff.
  6. ^ "Lesa Lesa was inspired from a Malayalam movie - Times of India". The Times of India.
  7. ^ "'Muthu' to '36 Vayathinile': Five blockbuster Tamil films that were remade from Malayalam movies". The Times of India. 19 March 2020. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Trisha's first project was Lesa Lesa - Times of India". The Times of India.
  9. ^ "Trisha Krishnan makes all the right moves - beauty queen crown, commercials to movies". India Today. 17 June 2002.
  10. ^ "Tweeples pour in wishes for Trisha Krishnan". Telangana Today.
  11. ^ a b "An offer she couldn't refuse". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 3 June 2002.
  12. ^ a b "Slick flicks his forte". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 30 September 2002.
  13. ^ a b c "Working to a professional script". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 30 May 2002.
  14. ^ "Malayalam actor Innocent in Tamil film". The Indian Express.
  15. ^ "Artistic touch". The Hindu.
  16. ^ "SHOT at success". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 26 February 2004.
  17. ^ "Screen vs. studies". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 6 October 2003.
  18. ^ "Delayed again". The Hindu. 17 January 2003.
  19. ^ "Dhool, the only real Tamil hit". Rediff.com. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  20. ^ "Lesa Lesa". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 23 May 2003.
  21. ^ "The director works and re-works all his tried and tested formula". Sify. 18 May 2003.
  22. ^ "Cameo comes into focus". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 22 May 2003.
  23. ^ "AMMA, KFC stalemate comes to an end?". Sify.com. 7 June 2004. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  24. ^ "Ivan's remix is all the rage". Times of India.
  25. ^ "A sound single". The Hindu.
  26. ^ "A costly tape". The Hindu.
  27. ^ "Selling music on the beach". The Hindu.
  28. ^ "Fame on a platter". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 25 October 2002.
  29. ^ blsmr. "The Hindu Business Line : A gentle promo for Lesa Lesa". www.thehindubusinessline.com.
  30. ^ "Trisha's journey: From Miss Madras to Khatta Meetha". Sify. 2010. Archived from the original on 15 March 2017.
  31. ^ "KREEDOM Nag Ravi Ajith Chennai distribution crore Chennai city Sivi Mudhal Mudhalai CD tamil movie news hot picture image stills gallery". www.behindwoods.com.
  32. ^ "Trisha goes to Bollywood!". The Times Of India. 13 June 2009.
  33. ^ "Happy Birthday, Priyadarshan: From 'Gopura Vasalile' to 'Snegithiye' - a look at five box office hits of the legend in Tamil cinema". The Times of India. 30 January 2020.

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