“Vaa Arugil Vaa” – Adhey Kangal (1967) – Tamil Feature Film

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A box office hit – this 60s classic thriller “Adhey Kangal” was applauded for its taut  narration and slick direction of A C Thrilokchander (aka ACT), and the admirable performances of the cast. A.C. Tirulokchandar is one of the most successful filmmakers who made award winning movies in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. During his stint at the Citadel Studios (owned by Joseph Thaliath), he wrote the screenplay for the hit film “Vijayapuri Veeran” (adapted from ‘The Three Musketeers”). He made his debut as filmmaker in the AVM hit “Veera Thirumagan” (1962) and went on to direct more than 30 films, and collaborated with leading stars of the South Indian celluloid of the 60s & the 70s. Produced by AVM Studios (starring Ravichandran, Kanchana, S A Asokan, Nagesh) the technical crew included TN Balu (Dialogues), S Maruthi Rao (Cinematography) & Gopi (Editing). Composer Veda scored music with lyrical input from Poet Vaali.  The film is still remembered for the memorable hits – “Oho Ethaani Azhagu”, “Vaa Arugil Vaa”, “Chinnapen Oruthi” & Ennanavo Naan”. Adhey Kangal was dubbed in Telugu with the title “Avey Kallu (starring Krishna, Kanchana, Rajanala, Geetanjali, Padmanabham). The film was produced by AV. Meiyappan, under the banner Balasubramaniam and Brothers. The Telugu version of the song is titled “Oh Priyathama”.

Plot: Wealthy and attractive, Susila (Kanchana) returns from college to find that her family is being bumped off one by one. The only clues are a half smoked cigar left at the scene of each murder and a mysterious woman in white running through the deep woods. A singer (Ravichandran) moves into the mansion as a tenant and falls in love with Susila, takes on the task of uncovering the mystery & exposing the killer.

Lyrics: Vaali
Vaa arugil vaa..
Thaa uyiraith thaa
Ayiram kaalanggal kaththirunthene naan
Vaasalaith thedi vaa.. Vaa..vaa.. Vaa..
Penn paavam unnaith thodarnthu varum – oru
Nizal pole adhu nadanthu varum
Kanniraal vidhi ezudhi vaikkum – en
Kadhai kettaal kallum kaninthurugum
(vaa)
Siraikkadhavai en thirakkavillai – ni
Vidudhalai en kodukkavillai
Naaniruppen unnai ninaiththiruppen – oru
Kural koduppen dhinam anaiththiruppen..
(vaa)
வா அருகில் வா
தா உயிரை தா
ஆயிரம் காலங்கள் காத்திருந்தேனே நான்
வாசலை தேடி வா வா வா
பெண் பாவம் உன்னை தொடர்ந்து வரும்
ஒரு நிழல் போலே அது நடந்து வரும்
கண்ணீரால் விழி எழுதி வைக்கும்
என் கதை கேட்டால் கல்லும் கனிந்துருகும்
வா அருகில் வா
தா உயிரை தா
ஆயிரம் காலங்கள் காத்திருந்தேனே நான்
வாசலை தேடி வா வா வா
சிறை கதவை ஏன் திறக்கவில்லை
நீ விடுதலை ஏன் கொடுக்கவில்லை
நான் இருப்பேன் உன்னை நினைத்திருப்பேன்
ஒரு குரல் கொடுப்பேன் தினம் அணைத்திருப்பேன்
வா அருகில் வா
தா உயிரை தா
ஆயிரம் காலங்கள் காத்திருந்தேனே நான்
வாசலை தேடி வா வா வா

A perfect correlation between lyrics and music & finds its way deep into your heart- this heart wrenching song by P Susheela is beautifully haunted (exquisite tone, pitch and interpretation) as she sings about her inamorato. She leaves her listeners spellbound and in awe. The emotion in her voice is incomparable.

P Susheela uses several voice intonations to communicate the emotions – angelic, melancholy, innocent, ghostly & dramatic (especially the vibrato in “vaa”). This song just hits somewhere in my heart every time (mournful quality), her beautiful, breathtaking voice, the haunting percussion in the background (infused in bongos, clarinet & piano) – because of the words, music, and the raw pain and truth embedded in the song. She demonstrates time and again there is no one that can compare with the awesome beauty of her voice. Simply outstanding!

The way she covered this song from “start to finish” (stratospheric vocal technique, all beautifully hypnotizing and eerie at the same time) is phenomenal!  İt is a perfect song to describe sadness, loneliness and oblivion – the melody pulls you in and the lyrics tell a sad but beautiful story accompanied by a great celluloid imagery (picture walking through the woods).   P Susheela’s impressionistic use of words to convey dark tones,  the organic, spontaneous nature of her voice is what makes it so strange and thrilling. Through her spirited vocal delivery – sings about the challenges of life and love with both rawness and a charming freshness. She’s blessed with a full vocal range that wavers between brave and broken –  the arresting quality that sucks you in and the minimal score, just amplifies that impact of her vocals.


7 thoughts on ““Vaa Arugil Vaa” – Adhey Kangal (1967) – Tamil Feature Film

  1. SIMPLY OUTSTANDING WRITEUP ABOUT AN OUTSTANDING SONG… SUSHEELA AMMA ALWAYS EMOTE HER TRUE FEELINGS WHICH PERFECTLY BLENDS WITH THE SONG. THE MUSIC IS REALLY HAUNTING… & SUSEELA AMMA’S VOICE MY GOODNESS…NO ONE CAN REPLACE HER… THANKS A TON FOR SHARING VICKY SIR…

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  2. SIMPLY OUTSTANDING WRITEUP ABOUT AN OUTSTANDING SONG VICKY SIR … SUSHEELA AMMA ALWAYS EMOTE HER TRUE FEELINGS WHICH PERFECTLY BLENDS WITH THE SONG. THE MUSIC IS REALLY HAUNTING… & SUSEELA AMMA’S VOICE MY GOODNESS…NO ONE CAN REPLACE HER… THANKS A TON FOR SHARING VICKY SIR…

    Like

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