Alas, this is not a full write-up of Santosh Sivan's Malayalam directing debut film, Anandabhadram, though it's a film I am, as a total Sivan fan, dying to see.
But blog reader Tina kindly sent me links to a couple of songs from the film, with a note that the first one, "Pinakkamano" was heavily inspired by the work of Malayalam artist Raja Ravi Varma, recreating a number of his paintings in its frames. I'm by no means an expert on Varma's work, but I am familiar with it (and have a Varma project on the backburner bubbling away for the right moment).
So I thought, huh, why not see how many Varma paintings I can recognize in the clip?
Okay. Here's my best attempt, with a link where you can see the portrait, and an approximate time in the clip to compare:
1. Lady in her Dressing Room - as the clip opens
2. Reclining Woman - 0:33
3. The Milkmaid - 0:59
4. At the Bath - 2:06
5. Hamsa Damayanthi - 2:16
6. In Contemplation - 2:38
7. Stolen Interview - (I think) - start around 3:00
8. Lady Holding a Fruit - 3:23
And even though that seems like a lot, I have this niggling feeling I'm missing at least a couple more. Although I've done *far* better than Wikipedia, which identifies three of them. If you pick out any more, do let me know in the comments!