Kasthuriman

What do I remember from Lohitadas’ original Kasthuriman? The overpowering sense of gloom in Priyamvada’s (Meera) life. And, what do I recall from Ilayaraja’s music from its Tamil remake? Déjà vu. An overpowering sense of déjà vu! Nethu varaikkum and Oru porkalam top the list – the sources are obvious! Vaanin kaadhal has that mod sound Raja pioneered in the 80s but sadly, it sounds outdated now. Kekkaliyo is catchy if I avoid getting into déjà vu zone again! Ennai ketkum is no patch on Raakuyil paadi, Ouseppachan’s track in the Malayalam original. Two things. Enough of synth. We deserve better.

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