It was the passing away of Adoor Pankajam that was the reason that made yours truly sit and watch Ponkathir (1953) one more time. Of the 13 songs, (actually 12 excluding the traditional Anjana Sreedhara), by the Br.Lakshmanan-Thirunayinaarkurichi Madhavan Nair team, there is this one, Padoo Maanasame Padoo that sounds suspiciously close to Lataji’s classic Laage Jabse Nain Laage from Daag (1952) !
The songs output of the Malayalam films from the early 60’s have always surprised me, specially the creative output of the Br.Lakshmanan-Thirunayinaarkurichi Madhavan Nair team, with most of their movies averaging at least 10 songs or more.
Maybe it was in in their eagerness to keep up with the output or maybe as an unwritten requirement of the times expected out of a film , or maybe it was a bit of both. The Malayalam version, though carefully copied from the original, Jikki‘s liveliness and ‘bounce’ makes it worthy of a second listening anytime.
Song : Laage Jabse Nain Laage
Music Director : Shankar-JaiKishen
Lyrics : Shailendra
Sung by : Lata Mangeshkar
Song : Padoo Manasame Padoo
Music Director : Br.Lakshmanan
Lyrics : Thirunayinaarkurichi Madhavan Nair
Sung by : Jikki