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Run, it's T Rajendar again


Monisha enn Monalisa
HMV
Rs 40

This Tamil film has a dubious distinction - T. Rajendar M. A. has written, scripted, composed the lyrics and music, wielded the camera and directed this film. Usually he also acts in his movies along with his entire family. But here he has valiantly restrained himself to a song.

The songs are loud, copied (title song is inspired by Un dos tres by Ricky Martin), with incoherent elements all thrown in together. The second song is inspired by R D Burman's Chodho chodho meri bahen. This aspires to fusion music levels, with a synthetised sitar, a trumpet, even an accordion thrown in for good measure. No problam(spelt thus on the sleeve) is reminiscent of Chuku bukku raile. There is even a Punjabi style Bhalle Bhalle song College irukkutha.

The best singing talents have been assigned the various songs, SPB, Hariharan, Anuradha Sriram, Unnikrishnan. The lyrics are sometimes ridiculous and contradictory. "Don't try to love me" Anuradha sings in the first line from the song of that name and goes on to croon, "love me stranger, that is my nature"!! Rajendar's song is Tappanguchi style with samba, Punjabi, classical, Arabian and bananas (the lyrics slip them under unsuspecting listeners).

This cassette will sorely test the listener's aesthetics and patience.


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