Raja Paarvai

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Raja Paarvai
Raaja Paarvai.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao
Produced by Chandrahasan
Charuhasan
Kamal Haasan
Written by Ananthu
Kamal Haasan
Balakumaran
Santhana Bharathi
Starring Kamal Haasan
Madhavi
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography Barun Mukherjee[1]
Edited by V. R. Kottagiri
Production
company
Haasan Brothers
Distributed by Haasan Brothers
Release date
10 April 1981
Running time
144 minutes[1]
Language
  • Tamil
  • Telugu

Raja Paarvai (lit. Royal Vision) is a 1981 Tamil-language Indian romance film directed by Singeetham Srinivasa Rao. The story was written by Kamal Haasan, for whom the film was his 100th as an actor, and first as producer. The score and soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The film was simultaneously made and released as Amavasya Chandrudu (lit. Moon on a new moon day) in Telugu. Despite being a box office failure, the film received critical acclaim, and Haasan's performance won him the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actor.

Plot[edit]

Raghu is a blind violinist oppressed since infancy by his stepmother. Nancy, a Christian, is keen on chronicling Raghu's inspiring life as a visually impaired but independently living person. Their relationship blossoms into a romance that is supported by Nancy's grandfather. Nancy is eventually due to be married to another man selected by her father, but aided by her grandfather, leaves the church and rides away with Raghu.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Raja Paarvai was the 100th film for Kamal Haasan as an actor, and first as producer. He also worked as a screenwriter.[6][7] He produced the film along with his brothers Charuhasan and Chandrahasan under the banner "Haasan Brothers".[4] It is loosely based on the 1972 film Butterflies Are Free.[8] The film also marked the debut of art director Thota Tharani in Tamil cinema.[9] It was simultaneously shot in Telugu as Amavasya Chandrudu,[10] with principal photography for both versions taking place within 55 days.[11] One of the shooting locations was Venus Studios.[12] The final scene of the film which featured Madhavi's character leaving the church in her wedding dress and joining Haasan, was inspired by the final scene in The Graduate.[13]

Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, while the lyrics were written by Kannadasan, Vairamuthu and Gangai Amaran.[1] The song "Andhi Mazhai" is set in two carnatic ragas: Vasantha and Pantuvarali,[14] and the song "Vizhi Oraththu" is set in Shubhapantuvarali.[15] For the instrumental "Modern Concerto", Viji Manuel was the keyboardist (playing the piano on arpeggio mode), while V. S. Narasimhan was the violinist.[16] The songs were not originally released on a single gramophone record; "Andhi Mazhai" and "Modern Concerto" were released in one record,[17] while "Azhage Azhagu" and "Vizhi Oraththu" were released in another.[18]

7EPE 30071[17]
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Andhi Mazhai Pozhikirathu" Vairamuthu S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki 4:35
2. "Modern Concerto" (Instrumental)     3:52
7EPE 30075[18]
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Azhagae Azhagu" Kannadasan K. J. Yesudas 4:28
2. "Vizhi Oraththu" Gangai Amaran Kamal Haasan, B. S. Sasirekha 3:39

Release and reception[edit]

Raja Paarvai was released on 10 April 1981.[19] The film received critical acclaim,[20] but was a box office failure, and Haasan had to work seven to eight years to compensate the loss he faced through this film.[21] Nevertheless, his performance earned him the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actor,[22] and over time, the film has since attained cult status.[23] Encyclopaedia of Indian Cinema by Ashish Rajadhyaksha and Rajadhyaksha Willemen described Srinivasa Rao's direction and Haasan's performance as "unabashedly melodramatic, milking the hero’s disability for all its worth" and that Srinivasa Rao's zooms and cutaways underlined by "rapid and awkward editing" were "fully in evidence".[1] In 2010, Sify included Raja Paarvai in its list, "Kamal's most memorable romantic films", where it praised Haasan and Madhavi's onscreen rapport, the visuals and the climax.[24] In 2017, Haasan named Amavasya Chandrudu as of his 70 most favourite films and considered it superior to Raja Paarvai.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Rajadhyaksha, Ashish; Willemen, Paul (1998) [1994]. Encyclopaedia of Indian Cinema (PDF). Oxford University Press. p. 451. ISBN 0-19-563579-5. Archived (PDF) from the original on 21 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Raja Paarvai (1981)". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 22 February 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2018. 
  3. ^ "அழியாத கோலங்கள்" [Enduring Patterns]. Kungumam (in Tamil). 18 May 2015. Archived from the original on 22 February 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2018. 
  4. ^ a b Srinivas Chari, T. K. (July 2012). "The actor in the shadows". Madras Musings. Archived from the original on 8 October 2017. Retrieved 22 February 2018. 
  5. ^ Devnath, Lakshmi; Parthasarathy, Rajalakshmi (2005). Mrs. Y.G.P., a class apart. PSBB Alumni Association. She has also acted as the headmistress of a blind school in Kamal Hasan's movie, Rajapaarvai. 
  6. ^ Kesavan, N. (14 May 2016). "100th film jinx grips the mighty sans 'Captain'". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 9 December 2017. Retrieved 21 September 2017. 
  7. ^ Rangarajan, Malathi (26 October 2007). "Now it's the turn of Kamal Haasan ... the writer". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 19 February 2018. Retrieved 19 February 2018. 
  8. ^ "U3 Cinema – 3 : Raja Paarvai, Aval Appadithan, Requiem for a Dream". Vikatan TV. 19 July 2013. Archived from the original on 10 February 2017. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  9. ^ Ashok Kumar, S. R. (8 May 2009). "Talent finds meeting point". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 23 February 2018. Retrieved 21 September 2017. 
  10. ^ Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (3 November 2015). "'My focus is to give quality films at great speed'". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 24 November 2015. Retrieved 16 September 2017. 
  11. ^ Ramanujam, Srinivasa (7 October 2015). "Glitch music used in Kamal Haasan's 'Thoonga Vanam'". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 19 February 2018. Retrieved 19 February 2018. 
  12. ^ Rangan, Baradwaj (2012). Conversations with Mani Ratnam. Penguin Books. p. 15. ISBN 978-0-670-08520-0. 
  13. ^ Mogk, Marja Evelyn (2013). Different Bodies: Essays on Disability in Film and Television. McFarland. p. 128. 
  14. ^ Balakrishna, Sandeep (17 October 2015). "Prince Turns 1000". Swarajya. Archived from the original on 16 November 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2016. 
  15. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 168.
  16. ^ Balasubramanian, V. (4 September 2014). "Back with a bang". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 19 February 2018. Retrieved 19 February 2018. 
  17. ^ a b Ilaiyaraaja. "Raja Paarvai (Label: 7EPE 30071)". Discogs. Archived from the original on 23 February 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2018. 
  18. ^ a b Ilaiyaraaja. "Raja Paarvai (Label: 7EPE 30075)". Discogs. Archived from the original on 23 February 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2018. 
  19. ^ "ராஜபார்வை". Vellitthirai.com. Archived from the original on 22 February 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2018. 
  20. ^ Kumar, S. Shiva (27 August 2009). "'I'm a limelight moth'". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 5 March 2018. Retrieved 19 February 2018. 
  21. ^ Subramanian, Karthik (30 January 2013). "'Will have to seek a secular State for my stay'". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 12 July 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2018. 
  22. ^ The Times of India Directory and Year Book Including Who's who. Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd. 1984. p. 234. 
  23. ^ Srinivasan, Pavithra (7 September 2010). "Singeetham Srinivasa Rao's gems before Christ". Rediff. Archived from the original on 17 September 2017. Retrieved 19 February 2018. 
  24. ^ "Kamal's most memorable romantic films". Sify. 23 December 2010. Archived from the original on 5 March 2018. Retrieved 5 March 2018. 
  25. ^ Haasan, Kamal (13 August 2017). "Bollywood blockbuster to Kollywood classic: Kamal Haasan picks his 70 favourite movies". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 13 August 2017. Retrieved 24 February 2018. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Sundararaman (2007) [2005]. Raga Chintamani: A Guide to Carnatic Ragas Through Tamil Film Music (2nd ed.). Pichhamal Chintamani. p. 168. 

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