Vijay’s mother croons an item number in Idhayam Thiraiyarangam


Shobha Chandrasekar's performance at Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru 2009

Actor Vijay’s mother Shobha is always known as a classical singer who is well-trained in carnatic music and who has released many devotional music albums. Shobha directed a Tamil film Nanbargal almost 15 years ago which starred Mamta Kulkarni, the then sexy siren of Bollywood, in the lead role. She then started assisting her husband S.A. Chandrasekaran in producing films and stayed away from making or singing in films.

In Vijay’s early days in the industry in the nineties, Shobha sang an ‘item number’ along with Vijay in one of his films. It was a different issue that the said film didn’t do very well at the box-office. What is significant is that after more than 15 years, Shobha has sung a song in a film and invariably, it’s also an ‘item number’.

Shobha has sung an ‘item number’ song in the film Idhayam Thiraiyarangam which is being directed by Ramki, a former assistant director under S.A. Chandirasekaran in many of his films. Jayamurthy, a popular folk singer, has sung this song along with Shobha. The song is a mix of western and folk music. While Shobha has crooned the ‘western’ part, Jayamurthy has sung the ‘folk’ part of the song.

The song, which has been penned by lyricist Vivegaa and set to score by Maria Manohar, was recently shot in Theni where more than 100 old men and women were made to dance for the song. The one-line script of the film is a love affair which brews between a two-wheeler mechanic and a rich girl (shades of Balaji Sakthivel’s Kaadhal?).
Tollywood’s Anand and Shweta Basu have played the lead roles in the film which hits the screens on 1st June.