Revisiting 'Chillu': A perfect soundtrack to take you on a romantic nostalgia trip

Revisiting 'Chillu': A perfect soundtrack to take you on a romantic nostalgia trip

Most of Lenin Rajendran’s films often bridged the art-mainstream divide in Malayalam cinema. Of the many elements that Lenin had successfully used to veer the mainstream audience towards good work of art was music. Even when he made biographies and stories that documented a bygone era, he put utmost care to pin a profoundly poetic and melodious soundtrack that suited the narrative. Lenin had made a slew of movies that could be termed steady streams of intense romance coupled with soothing music. His musical journey started with his debut film Venal (Summer) in 1981 composed by the legendary composer Manamadurai Balakrishnan Srinivasan aka MBS. Lenin continued his collaboration with MBS in his sophomore feature Chillu the next year. The film was not a commercial success but its soundtrack is still regarded as one of the best ever in Malayalam cinema. Quite an unconventional film for the time of its release, Chillu was a love story of childhood buddies Annie (Santhi Krishna) and Manu (Rony Vincent) and Annie’s misunderstood friendship with her fine arts college mate Ananthu (Venu Nagavalli). Annie is an independent girl who had lost her mother at a young age. Her father (Adoor Bhasi) who is a criminal lawyer wants her to live freely without restrictions because he believed that lack of freedom and choice causes many youngsters to digress from their paths. Manu, a cricket player and a possessive lover, had lost his father and lives with his mother and elder brother. The affair between Manu and Annie is quite ...
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