Not surprisingly, my Twitter timeline was a-buzz this morning with the release of the trailer for Aiyyaa, which stars Rani Mukherjee alongside Mollywood star Prithviraj (playing a Tamil in the film).
And also not surprisingly, searches for "Prithviraj" have been leading people to my blog. So I thought I'd start by putting together some songs from some of his films. These are from Malayalam films only, no Tamil ones this time (which will explain the absence of Raavanan as well as the other Tamil films he's been in).
First, from his debut film Nandanam, the lovely song "Aarum". I will admit, I adore this film, but I adore it more for the delightful Navya Nair, as well as a small appearance by Aravindar, than I do for Prithviraj, mostly because Prithvi's character, Manu, spends a lot of the film being mopey. This song, though, is totally sigh-worthy:
Next "Kathirunna Pennalle" from Lal Jose's film Classmates, another film that is a favorite at Casa Totally filmi:
I almost hestitate to add a song from Pokkiri Raja, but it's a good example of Prithviraj in his "Young Superstar" mode. The film's USP, of course, was that it paired the "Young Superstar" with the "Megastar" of Malayalam movies, Mammootty. The result was, for me, a bit of a romp. I'm going to avoid the trashy club song "Chenthengil Ponnilaneeru", which is totally cringeworthy, and "Kettile Kettile" (which I rather like), to share my favourite song from the film, "Manickya Kallil", which introduces us to Prithviraj's character, and which also features a special appearance by another fave, the lovely Shweta Menon. It's the perfect example of the kind of "Southern Masala" the film Aiyyaa is referring to, no?
I would also be remiss if I didn't include something from the film Anwar, an excellent film about terrorist recruitment. "Kizhakku Pookkum" is a gorgeous song that has become one of my faves:
Okay, admittedly, the song is mostly about Mamta Mohandas and Nitya Menon, so I'll also share another song from Anwar, "Kanninima Neele":
Finally, from the breathtakingly beautiful Santosh Sivan film Urumi, there is the breathtakingly beautiful "Aaro Nee Aaro":