It’s towards the turn of the millennium that Malayalam cinema started looking at Tamil and Telugu songs for inspiration, notably those tunes that eulogise the hero. If you look at some of our superstar films, the hero always gets a swashbuckling entry and is even compared to deities and superheroes in their introduction songs. We bring you 12 such hyperbole gems that range from silly, laughable, fun, to believe-it-or-not. Adding a few song taglines that are also out of this world.
It’s not surprising that this Mohanlal film set the precedent for such hero-worshipping ditties in Malayalam cinema. After all the film was directed by Suresh Krishna, the man who created Bhasha, one of Indian cinema’s biggest mass heroes. Mohanlal plays Jeeva, a mafia don who is called ‘the Prince’ in his circles. And shockingly, his intro BGM tagline goes something along these lines— “He walks like a prince, he talks like a prince, he dances like a prince…he is (rolling the ‘s’) the prince!”
Mohanlal’s Charlie is locally christened ‘Natturajavu’ and introduced through this song in which parallels are drawn between him and the wind, storm, and tough rock. In one word, he is the unbeatable King of good times.
Mammootty’s indomitable Drona in this Shaji Kailas film walks on to the screen like a breeze, and he seems to be the antidote for a lot of things. Besides being as powerful as Duryodhana, as skilful as Dronacharya, Narasimha, and as powerful and enlightening as the sun himself. Phew!
Or dubbed “one man, many faces.” A slightly mind-boggling chorus of words welcomes this man called Mr. Fraud. Then sets in the descriptions—from being called a tongueless voice, invisible force, nameless face to the sun that never sets. Can there be a better glorification of a con man?
Ushering in a brand-new face and identity, someone with lot of fire and grit is what this Prithviraj’s re-entry as a toughie song is about. A few years later, this same song was used in a hilarious context for the actors on Amar Akbar Anthony.
Roshan Andrews directs this film about a middle-aged Casanova who is out on a mission to heal broken hearts. Mohanlal’s Casanova vrooms into the screen in the middle of a desert, in an Enfield, with Casanova printed in bold in the backdrop. He is immediately claimed by a set of skimpily clad beauties who describes him as a magician, Lord Krishna, secret lover, and what have you in this song. The lyrics are hilarious, and matches the picturisation.
Shaji Kailas and his undiluted obsession with his alpha male heroes reaches its zenith in Narasimham where he frames an entire song on his hero (Mohanlal) and likens him to every possible Hindu deity and the mighty lion. The song has various wide-angle and zoom shots of Mohanlal meditating, fighting the wind, and floating in water.
Shaji Kailas is at it again. This time he mounts Mammooty as this roaring lion, who looks after his cubs with dedication. The brothers are in awe of this moustachioed warrior whom they think is as magnificent as the rising sun (what’s this Kailas obsession with the sun?!) and other similar attributes.
As the tiger roars its way to make short work of his uncle and two others, Murugan uses his knife attached to a chord as a dart that astonishingly stops the “400 kilo” tiger in its tracks. What follows is a battle of wits between the man and the beast—somersaults, mowgli-like long jumps, running between gigantic trees, tree hopping and finally, within the blink of an eye, Murugan throws a loop around his neck and finishes the “400 kilo” beast with his knife. So, to come to the point, the BGM that is also a hero-welcoming chant that seems to say, Murugan is unbeatable and can cut you down to several sizes.
A Shiv thandava BGM ushers in the hero Kashinathan, thereby leaving us with no doubt as to the best laid plans of director Shaji Kailas regarding his alpha-male hero.
But these two are fun…
Probably the most fun hero introduction song of the lot. The one that encapsulates the quirky, fun, adorable and mischievous Thala—it’s also a hilarious subversion of the usual hero-worshipping ditty.
George’s second intro comes with this spirited, effusive BGM that’s fresh, filmy and edgy. It’s how Alphonse Puthren places it that makes it a lot of fun.
And the only song that describes the hero's beauty so poetically...
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