10 memorable moments from Mani Ratnam’s ‘Alaipayuthey’, which turns 20 today

Posted on April 14, 2020

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That the same filmmaker has — over a 30-year period — made a defining love story for three generations is itself something special. What makes Alaipayuthey even more remarkable is… well, read on.

On 14th April, 2000, we got the second instalment of Mani Ratnam’s “love trilogy”. (One should technically say “love trilogy in Tamil”, because ‘Geethanjali’ and ‘Pallavi Anupallavi’ are love stories and relationship dramas, too.) Depending on where you fall on the age/generational spectrum, you will make your choice between ‘Mouna Raagam’, ‘Alaipayuthey’ or ‘O Kadhal Kanmani’, each film separated by roughly 15 years. That the same filmmaker has — over a thirty-year period — made a defining love story for three generations is itself something special. (All of them were shot by PC Sreeram.) What makes ‘Alaipayuthey’ even more remarkable is the way it shows that a “light and entertaining and audience-pleasing” film need not, in any way, compromise a filmmaker’s personal creative ambitions. Recalling 10 moments, or scenes, from the beloved film…

Endrendrum punnagai: Everything is labelled “iconic” these days. But you know what really is? The opening shots of this film, the tight shaky-cam close-up of Karthik’s (Madhavan) face, with earphones spilling out this catchy song. And yes, the famous Maddy smile — the punnagai — is on display, full wattage. And yes, this alone would have been a great opening image. A young man, in a young denim-blue shirt, a young song, a young smile…

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