What happens when two talented musicians face off in a battle of skill and passion? A dazzling musical performance that sets the silver screen on fire! Malayalam cinema has had quite a few memorable song sequences that feature two stars pitting their Ragas against each other to settle the fight between arrogance and sheer talent. Who wins? The audience — who get to witness some of the best musical and acting talent of Malayalam cinema all at one go!
Devasabhathalam (His Highness Abdullah): Ramanattukara Anandan Namboothiri storms into the palace determined to teach his adversary Anandan Namboothiripadu, alias Abdullah, a lesson he won’t forget in a hurry. Even as the latter is all humility personified, reluctant to combat with the master offering his inexperience as the reason, the former will have none of it. Soon the duo sit down for a classical music duel — the master with barely concealed anger and arrogance and the amateur with a deceptive calmness. What follows is a mesmerising crescendo of ragas, composed by the brilliant Raveendran Master, sung by Yesudas, Raveendran, and Sharreth, and scintillatingly performed by Mohanlal and Kaithapram. As the musical fete progresses and as Abdullah’s magical voice wafts in the air, the senior’s anger slowly thaws to reluctant admiration and affection. Goosebumps!
Padakali (Yodha): It’s “Kaaviley pattumalsaram” (the singing contest at the temple) finally. The stage is set for the singing fest between two warring cousins — Arasumoottil Appukuttan (Jagathy) and Thaipparambil Asokan (Mohanlal). Amidst deafening applause, both of them descend, one in white and yellow and other in white and red, with a large red tilak on their forehead. And then it begins — a musical pow-vow. Each man is equipped with enough funny stanzas to outsmart the other. They glare, growl, shove words into each other’s faces, and fist fight. We just stand up and cheer loudly! Encore!!
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