Along with one of life’s ( the average Malayali’s) mind-numbing mysteries of shoving VCDs down the throat of the hapless cinephile is the equally dark and mystical world of the ‘editor’ who tries to dismember and pack a conventional movie into two a 2-disc VCD set which sometimes lead to horrifying results. In the long list of dismemberment, disembowelment and plain lobotomies that have left me very, very angry ( without much use, may I add) is a recent surgery committed by someone at the production center on a movie I deeply cherish, Aadyakiranangal (brought out by HORIZON AUDIO and VIDEO) on Adoor Bhasi, whose presence has a historic significance in the movie. Who in their right minds would do this, I don’t have the faintest idea. Is it that the ones who markup and delete content from the master file have absolutely NO idea about what they have just erased forever ? Let me explain.
The movie, which according to Vijay ji was the first “Christian social movie“, and also one which received the Certificate of Merit at the National Awards of that year, holds a special place in any Malayalam movie lover’s heart for a very different reason.
It was the debut of Adoor Bhasi as a playback singer. It was also, as far as I know, the first and last instance of Kuthiravattam Pappu turning to playback singing!
But, thanks to some idiot at Horizon Audio and Videos, we will NEVER get to see them. WHY ? Because, the role played by Adoor Bhasi, that of a traveling bard ( a small-time kathaprasangam artiste) has been surgically removed from the VCD content. To add insult to injury, one of the songs that Adoor Bhasi sings, ” ആനച്ചാല് നാട്ടിലുള്ള ചന്തയിലെ കല്ലോലതുല്ല്യയാകും മെയ്യിലെഴുന്ന മങ്കേ” has an equally rip-roaring chorus backup, Kuthiravattam Pappu ! I do not know of any other track recorded for a movie by Kuthiravattam Pappu, so this could mean his only track, and that too, along with Adoor Bhasi. Priceless ! The sad part is that the technical minds with the aesthetic and historical sensibilities of a doorknob can rarely understand the consequences of their actions.
Here is the list of songs that we all have been denied.
|Aanachaal Naattilulla||Adoor Bhasi, Kuthiravattom Pappu|
|Car Lorreel Keri||Adoor Bhasi|
|Kallupaalathil Kariyaachan||Adoor Bhasi|
|Kannoor Dharmadam||Adoor Bhasi & Chorus|
|Manjulabhaashini Baale||Adoor Bhasi|
|Shanka Vittu Varunnallo||Adoor Bhasi|
Thanks to Horizon Audio and Videos, with a paid-for legal copy of Aadyakiranangal in hand, I am now on the lookout for a copy of the movie with some private collector who would have a copy with the precious portion in the content.
Thank you, Horizon Audio and Video, and a big smackeroo to that trigger-happy scissor-hands whose knowledge of Malayalam cinema can be written on the head of a pin, with room to spare for a teashop.