Krishnaveni Panjaalai’s ‘Aalaikari’ – a workers anthem


Krishnaveni Panjaalais Aalaikari a workers anthem

The movie Krishnaveni Panjaalai arrives fresh, among the overpowering lot of commercial masala flicks. Set in the Udumalpet region, starring Hemachandran and Nandhana in lead, it throws light on the lives of textile mill workers and their families. The audio launch event for the flick, held last month, was attended by former President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

It was the very first for any Kollywood movie, where his highnesses Abdul Kalam lend his hands launching the audio CD. The music for Krishnaveni Panjaalai has been composed by N. R. Ragunanthan (Thenmerku Paruvakatru music director), who received a lot of appreciation from even fellow composers after the album got launched, which is not often the case. Ragunanthan says, “I’m thankful to each of those who have congratulated me either in person or through phone and e-mail.  I’m sure one or two songs in the film would find place in the ‘Top 10’ songs of the year!” The album has a total 4 songs, and many including music director G.V. Prakash Kumar and directors Vetrimaran, Vijay and Suseendhiran feel that the composer has deftly handled the project. The story which takes you through 4 decades of development, starting from the 50’s, gave Ragunanthan ample opportunity to get his creative juices flowing. One of the songs titled ‘Aalaikari,’ is unofficially declared as the worker’s anthem and a sure hit, suggest trade circles. Directed and written by Dhanapal Padmanabhan, the director says that the film is a tribute to his father, who too had worked in one of the mills.

With Ragunanthan’s music already receiving applause,we can look forward to something fresh from the mills.