Sunday November 30, 2008

Pirivom…Sandhippom (Tamil novel by Writer Sujatha Rangarajan)

Posted by Karthik

As a long time fan of Tamil writer Sujatha, I occasionally kick myself for not having read some of his famous novels, though I may have read most of them. I finished his Pirivom…Sandhippom (We will part…We will meet again) – both the parts, in one breathless weekend, today – 26 years after the story was first serialized in the Tamil weekly, Anandha Vikatan! This is one of those books/ moments where I thank my upbringing for giving me the ability to read and understand the nuances of my mother tongue, Tamil. Someday, I hope to translate Sujatha’s works in English and let the world enjoy his thought. I bought this book recently at the Bangalore book festival and the reason was simple – Director A R Gandhi Krishna, who’s Chellame was one of better recent commercial films, is making Aanandha Thaandavam, based on this book. I wanted to read the book before I could see the film. The story is a stunner, to say the least, even though the lead character (Raghupathy, played by debutant Siddharth, in the movie) comes across as a complete dud and a drifter. But I can picturise Tamanna as Madhumita and am really amazed at the director’s sense to get her for this role – it’s an incredibly perfect casting! The music by GV Prakash Kumar has already got 200 words from me – but I now appreciate the music even more – would I be right in expecting the doleful Megam pola in the scene where Raghupathy is shattered by the fact that Madhumita is marrying someone else?; Is Poovinai for the scene where Raghu and Madhu spend time in Disneyland?; I couldn’t place Kanaa Kaangiren, however, frankly! After the book, I’m really looking forward to this film!

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