This is the third and final installment of my never ending tag on melodious songs.
Part 1 - Geet (Hindi)
Part 2 – Geetham (Tamil)
Part 3 – Sangeetham - Malayalam
Criteria – Under-rated melodies from movies that starred Jayaram.
1) Nee Kaanumo - Irattakutikalude Achan
2) Swantham Nizhalumaayi - Ayalathey Adheham
3) Neer Mizhi Peeliyil - Vachanam
4) Saarangi Maaril - Paavakoothu
5) Paalazhi Theeram - Utthaman
6) Mounam Swaramaayi - Aayushkaalam
7) Puliyila Karayolam - Jaadakam
8) Saandramaam Sandhya - Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakaalathu
9) Ponnin Vala Kilukki - Njangal Santhushtaraanu
10) Chandana Thennalai - Sharjah to Sharjah
The other five that couldn’t make it to the above list (the songs are linked to the respective respective you-tube videos) :
1) Panchami Thingal - Friends
2) Marakkumo - Karunyam
3) Mayilaadum Kunnin Mel - Naadan Pennum Naatu Pramaaniyum
4) Chumbana Pookondu - Bandhukkal Shatrukkal
5) Eden Thaazhvarayil - Kuruppinte Kanakku Pushtakam
Note : Song selection is based on how under-rated these songs are and not their quality.
Jayaram is one of the finest actors we have today in the Indian film industry. This would be a tall claim for many, but that’s only because he is a highly under utilized actor, barring a few movies like Keli, Chitrashalabam, Karunyam, Shesham and Theerthadanam. He doesn’t have many awards to his credit, nor does he have any a huge stardom in Kerala, but he is one actor who has the ability to consistently lure the family audience to the theatres. A personal favourite of late directors like Padmarajan, Bharathan and actor Kamal Hassan, Jayaram has also been able to prove his mettle in Tamil movies like Tenali (won the Tamil Nadu State Award for Best Actor), Priyanka and Gokulam. He was going through a rough phase in his career from 2004 till about mid last year. (Infact, the whole Malayalam film industry is right now going through one of its worst phases with half baked scripts and poor characterizations.) But Verude oru bharya (2008) and his recent Bhagyadevatha resurrected his position once more in the industry. He had a humble beginning, struggled a lot in the industry which was and is still dominated by the two M’s, and captured their market for a brief period (1996 – 2004), but success never went over his head; he is still the same old humble and adorable person. Elephants are a craze for him and he also plays the Chenda (kerala drums) as a hobby and has given several public performances. Check out this exclusive video where he plays it along with Sivamani. Awesome !!!
Jayaram has always been my favourite; but really don’t know since when. I have seen almost all his movies and I have missed quite a few only after I had shifted to Chennai. I usually refer him as “Enikku Janikaadhey Poya Ammaavan” (a uncle who wasn’t born for me). His style of acting is very natural and his ability to sink into the given character that families could easily relate to could be the reason for his tag - ‘Kudumba Sadassugalude Ishta Naayakan’ (favourite hero of the families). I had seen him personally once during a college cultural meet and he even posed for a quick snap. Last year, I had a brief conversation with him over the phone for about 30 secs, all thanks to my friend Reeta and her dad. I take this opportunity to wish my favourite actor all the best and to provide the Kerala audience with many more good movies.