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The Song that Spawned a New Mallu Generation!!!

March 14, 2009

Ganamela (Malayalam): Live Musical Concert (English)
Vellam (Malayalam): Water/Alcohol (English)

Exactly 34 years back, the average mallu was like the proverbial frog in a well. As the saying goes, ignorance was bliss for him. He lived comfortably in the sylvan, mountainous settings of Kerala, spent hours tying and untying his lungi, drank a lot of Tea and kallu, applied coconut oil on his long mustache and beard, smoked beedis and listened to old folk musikku and melodious songs.

But in 1975, an epoch making year, a film called “Sindhu” was released and in it, there was a song called “Chettikulangara Barani nallil” which made a statement. The statement was simple and it redefined the meaning of the word “COOL”.
It told the average mallu that life exists beyond wearing a lungi, told him that Ganamelas can also mean pop music and that kallu can be replaced by double malt whisky.

Circa 1965, pre-Sindhu:
A ganamela meant only one thing. Vellam, vellam and more vellam and the average mallu was adept at multitasking. What I mean is that he also found time to dance, to tie and untie his lungi, to drink large quantities of alcohol and to pick up a couple of fights along the way as well.

Circa 1965, post-Sindhu:
As I said, the word “cool” was redefined. A ganamela also meant sitting in an orderly fashion, dressed in a fashionable suit, and appreciating the singer at the end of every performance. If 1967 was the summer of love for the Americans, then 1975 was the genesis of the hippie culture in Kerala.

Thus, ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you, that SONG. There are a few characters in this video and if you watch keenly, there are a few parallels to life as well.

The Soulless Saxophobian:

The greatest tragedy in this song is this gentleman. He has a poignant expression which kills the mood of the song, and an expression which shouts, “Endhoru Komali dress aanadae. Nyaan evadae endhina?” (What a stupid costume. Why am I here?). The expression, it is also said to have inspired Mamootty in his soul stirring performance in the film “Danny”. What this person stands for is the inertia to change that we all have.

The Daridhravasian:

The greatest performer in this video is this gentleman. A person like this gives hope; hope that we can all be the star performer even if we do not get to be the Hero. Please note the ease with which he dances and the passion as well. What he tells us is that, we can all be heroes even if destiny wants us to be the underdog!!!

The Peddallu-shakian:

The lead guitarist redefined the use of the guitar. It was only in 1975 that the world realized that “musikku” can also be played by heavily shaking the neck and shoulders and by not actually using the guitar. This person is also said to have inspired Kurt Kobain in his “musikku” video “Smells like teen spirit”. What this person tells us is that, ignorance in using a technology or a tool is not a handicap, as long as you know how to fake it!!!

The passionless drummer:
Shivamani is said to be inspired by this drummer!! What this guy tells us is that, a smile can solve any problem!!!!
The Suit-wearing Hero:
And finally, there has to be a Hero in every story. No, this is not Hitler in his “Heil Hitler” pose but this is Prem Nazir in his “Hey Swashbukler” pose!!! What this tells us is that, a Hero can always be a Hero; no matter how poor his performance is, as long as he has his reputation to back him up!!!

This amazing, hilarious, fun filled, fantastic, diabolic video can be viewed in this link. Please view the clip, if you are not a mallu….. (mallus are also welcome to view the clip again)… 🙂

and thus, Ladies and Gentlemen, the average mallu found nirvana…….
27 Comments leave one →
  1. Solilo permalink
    March 14, 2009 7:51 am

    Vellam is water, right? Ha..ha..

    I am almost dozing off. Will come back and read it in detail. Seeing Prem Nazir I am sure it is going to be PHUNNY.

  2. Bones permalink
    March 14, 2009 10:55 am

    You are funny…I wonder if there is a single movie that changed the Bengali…I have to ask around…

  3. Bones permalink
    March 14, 2009 11:04 am

    I’ve been thinking about it and no movie has made the Bengalibabu cool…Bengalis have this innate ability not to change – they still live in the past, drink cups and cups of cha, smoke packets and packets of cigarettes and gossip (adda)…They still think they are the best and Rabindrasangeet is the ultimate in music (doesn’t matter if they put most listeners to sleep)…At least the Mallus saw the light of day…

  4. Ordinary Guy permalink
    March 14, 2009 12:13 pm

    vellam is water… 🙂
    but me being no purist, intend to use every slang…. that will ever exist 🙂

    LOL… i have not watched much of Bengali films… 🙂 so cannot comment… 🙂
    mallus saw the light of day at that time, but have moved into a tunnel in the last 4 years….:)
    now i need to listen to Rabindrasangeet….:)

  5. Ordinary Guy permalink
    March 14, 2009 12:14 pm

    if you insist, I can replace Vellam with “Madyam”… 🙂

  6. Indian Home Maker permalink
    March 14, 2009 5:26 pm

    Another funny one, and what is the National Dress (for women) in Kerala?? Lungi for men, and for women ….?

  7. Indyeah permalink
    March 14, 2009 7:14 pm

    when did your header pic change? :)its cool and revolutionary!
    and very red *cough * *cough* any particular reason? 😀
    just joking!:D

    LOL!tying and untying his lungi:D
    and drinking

    LOL! awesome post!
    and I am goin to watch the video and get back to you:D

    PS:-the religion baton is taken:)wasnt able to comment on the previous post:)

  8. Smitha permalink
    March 15, 2009 5:54 am

    Ajit, You are hilarious!!!! Wonderful post!

  9. Ajith permalink
    March 15, 2009 6:05 am

    LOL…How come u missed out on the remix version of this song by Mohanlal in Chotta Mumbai ????

  10. Smitha permalink
    March 15, 2009 6:08 am

    Thats coz I have hardly watched movies 😦 My knowledge on movies – is unfortunately very very limited 😦

  11. silverine permalink
    March 15, 2009 7:56 am

    LOL!! Super!

  12. Solilo permalink
    March 15, 2009 8:07 am

    Ha..ha.. no Vellam adi is fine.
    I think THANNI is also a slang for alcohol.

    As Bones say like Bengalis even Malayalis think that they make the best films and intellects out there. Both are movie snobs too. 🙂

  13. mathew permalink
    March 15, 2009 10:29 am

    though i am not happy you insulted an ardent fans association of Prem Nazir disco and stage show!!

  14. Karthik Sivaramakrishnan permalink
    March 15, 2009 4:18 pm

    ROFL post!

  15. Ordinary Guy permalink
    March 16, 2009 6:11 am

    hey ihm, u’r back from vacation…:)

    i guess it has to be the sari or the “Set-mundu”…. 🙂

    yeah, the banner has changed… 🙂 and it is red…. 🙂 LOL and it has a pic of my fav. hero…. 🙂
    do watch the video and waiting for your post on religion…. 🙂

    Smitha, Thanks!!!

    yes Aliya, I gave that a miss… coz I could link it to the original story… 🙂

    Thanks Silverine…. 🙂
    Good to see you here…. 🙂

    Solilo Mam,
    Yes Thanni can also be used… since we have TVM roots…. 🙂
    LOL at second part…

    🙂 I am sorry you felt insulted…. 🙂 LOL
    He is a great actor….

    Thanks Karthik…

  16. Chirag permalink
    March 16, 2009 8:27 am

    Dudue this is funny 🙂 Downloaded all of em 🙂

  17. vimmuuu permalink
    March 16, 2009 3:00 pm

    LOL. The next time Im going to kerala, Im making my folks go through this post. Howlarious !!!Wonder where those orchestra guys are and what they are doing now !

    But dude, Nazir was good in his times. Annathey kaalathu adokke madiyennaavum. And there are movies where he has acted well, pakshe paavam became so stereotyped !

  18. Ordinary Guy permalink
    March 16, 2009 4:21 pm

    Thanks Chirag!!!

    Aliya… LOL… you are welcome to show it to your folks…. 🙂

    yes he is a great actor, but we can point out some of his funny stuff as well!!! 🙂

  19. Solilo permalink
    March 16, 2009 8:04 pm

    Jayan? Do you remember Jayan?

    His dialogs are so famous in Engg. Colleges. Something like ‘oru train undayirunnengil teepatti kathikamayirunnu’. Ha..ha..The machoman.

  20. Ordinary Guy permalink
    March 16, 2009 11:06 pm

    LOL solilo… one of these days, I will do a post on that great actor as wellllllllll 🙂

  21. Ashwathy permalink
    March 17, 2009 4:37 am

    hahaha… omg! hats off! i’ve seen this song a lot of times, but never seen it from this perspective… how each person symbolises something. kudos! 🙂

  22. Quirky Indian permalink
    March 17, 2009 6:36 am

    Tying and untying his lungi? ROTFL!

    Quirky Indian

  23. kanagu permalink
    March 17, 2009 10:19 am

    LOL Ajit… I just can’t stop laughing the way you have described malayali’s. But I am for sure that they are not like that..

    One song changed all of them.. never heard something like this.. humorous post!!!

  24. Ordinary Guy permalink
    March 17, 2009 2:08 pm

    LOL … thanks Ashwathy…:P..this idea occurred last week when i had nothing better to do…

    QI, lol….:)

    :).. malayalees wont mind it…:) thanks…:)

  25. Reflections permalink
    March 18, 2009 8:00 am

    I cdn't quite connect but understood the jist:-)).

    When I first came to Dubai from b'lore I knew just 3 actors from Mal cinema – Mammooty, Mohanlal & Shobhana.
    Thanks to a mal comedy crazy husband, in these 10 yrs I think I've picked almost all the names…I know even Indrans & Oduvil unnikrishnan & Shankaraadi……
    But since I hardly watch old mal movies….tho I do end up watching some Jayan movies[my husband freaks out on his dialogues:-S], I cant comment on the post itself.

    To say tht last phrase I wrote my whole life story here:-S

  26. amit permalink
    March 18, 2009 9:10 pm

    I have no idea what you are talking about. Anyways enjoyed reading it. 🙂

  27. Ordinary Guy permalink
    March 18, 2009 11:20 pm

    🙂 reflections…. 🙂 view the clip…. you will get an idea… 🙂

    and yes, I am a big fan of jayan!!! 🙂 and all the old mallu films…. 🙂
    Yes, full life story indeed… 🙂

    watch the clip, I have given at the end… it should solve your confusion…. 🙂

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