Nagu Endide Manjina Bindu – Pallavi Anupallavi

As a young boy, I remember going to the movie preview of “Pallavi Anupallavi” with my father.

It was Anil Kapoor’s first movie ever. Even director Mani Ratnam was not yet the big name that he is now. In fact, my father and Ilayaraja (music) were bigger names than the director and the hero of the movie. The heroine was virtually unheard of – Kiran Virale. She was pretty much unheard of even after the movie was released.

And then of course, there was “Julie” Lakshmi. One of the most amazing, most beautiful actresses India has ever produced.

Believe it or not, I acted as her son in a movie – “Hosa Kavya” – that she produced to launch her daughter, Aishwariya. Huge dud, of course. But more on that later.

Having grown up in Chennai, I was always a huge fan of Ilaiyaraja. I consider this one of Raja’s greatest tunes.


Nee Bandu Ninthaaga – Kasturi Nivasa

This is my all-time favorite song written by my father.

In early May 2008, when he was recovering from a massive stroke in Ramaiya Hospital, Bangalore, I played this very video for him on YouTube.

He had completely lost his speech, and entire right-side movement. But he was still able to carry a tune perfectly.

While the video played, he and I hummed along together – one of the last amazing moments I had with my father.

I’m actually amazed that I’m able to recollect this without completely breaking down. That’s life I guess 🙂