Selvaraghavan's Nenjam Marapathillai trailer is truly interesting
When S J Suryah says his name is not Ramasamy but Ramsay, it seems like a throwback to the ‘horror-film-brothers’ of Hindi cinema, the Ramsay Brothers. When he dances solo against the red wall to the refrain 'yenn pondaati oorukku poyittaa” (my wife has gone off to her town) it is a haunting take-off on the famous line by Janakaraj from Maniratnam’s Agni Nakshatram, where the ace comedian jumps up with joy every time his wife leaves him alone, so he can then indulge in his silly peccadilloes.
Here the lyrics of this rap number hint at the wife (Nanditha) leaving the husband (S J Suryah) so he can now “see the world clearly, think better, sense it all better”. When S J Suryah sings to SPB’s erstwhile Ilayaraja song ‘sorgam madhuvilley' (heaven is in the wine) it makes his intentions on his attractive baby-sitter (Regina Cassandra) loud and clear.
He is smitten. Such ‘awesomatic’ (awesome + romantic) film references make for a gleeful watch and if this is not all, the ‘Ramsey BGM’ score by Yuvan Shankar Raja will be a hoot when it plays out to S J Suryah’s swagger.
But is this enough to call for a horror film? The answer lies in the title of filmmaker Selvaraghavan’s upcoming film Nenjam Marapathillai - a heart never forgets. A title he takes from, and thus tips his directorial hat to, the 1963 romantic-horror film directed by master-filmmaker Shridhar.
Writer-director Shridhar, who set many a trend in Tamil cinema, created history at the box-office with his tale of two lovers who get killed but who are reborn to take revenge (the 1976 Mehbooba starring Rajesh Khanna and Hemamalini was loosely based on Shridhar’s film).
Selvaraghavan’s modern day film however is brazen and shows a cold protagonist who actually is the antagonist. Is the ghost attacking him or his family? Is it now in the body of his baby-sitter or his wife? Is the baby-sitter a real woman or is she an apparition? How does the little boy sense a ‘presence’? It’s like Selvaraghavan telling the other filmmakers, ‘get really scary now don’t just keep making some gimmicky films in the name of horror’.
The teaser cracked the internet in August and now the trailer has created the much needed hype.
The teaser saw Selvaraghavan make a tongue-in-cheek comment about the current ‘ghost-trend’ at the Tamil box-office, as well. S J Suryah laments about how much he had to put in to reach this affluent position in life, and now? What stroke of bad karma has befallen him. He is busy dealing with a bloody ghost! This shot also comes across like a personal lament from the writer-director himself.
Selvaraghavan, who has given us sensitive and deep films like 7G Rainbow Colony and Pudhupettai is now forced to take this ghost-trip to please box-office numbers.
Nenjam Marapathillai marks the return of one of the most successful director and music director combinations ever – Selvaraghavan and Yuvan Shankar Raja. From Thulluvadho Ilamai (2002) till Yaaradi Nee Mohini (2008) every single film was also a super-hit album. And now Yuvan Shankar Raja strikes gold with the canvas set for him by Selvaraghavan, in Nenjam Marapathillai.
Watch the trailer here: