Roja

Roja
I am going to start with the climax! I love the climax and the location where it was shot too. Perfect choice! Madhubala runs down the steps and Arvind Samy too runs towards her. The first time he slips and falls, she hurries down the steps. Then, when he rolls down the steps, she lets out a cry and rushes towards him. Now, they are just a few feet away from each other. Unlike other movies where the heroine will run towards the hero immediately to help him, here, she herself becomes so weak with joy on seeing her husband after a long time that she is unable to even stand! Then, when he finally reaches her, they let their eyes and tears do the talking, he then calls her ‘Pattikkaadu’ and they both hug! No unnecessary dialogue between the couple. Their eyes and actions do all the talking! Wow!

A few other scenes that left a deep impression on me are the one where Madhubala asks Nasser if his reply would have been the same had the abducted person been someone related to a Minister and the one where Nasser tells her that the Govt. has agreed to release Wasim Khan and then, tells how the efforts and sacrifice of the army men have now gone wasted since the Govt. has agreed to release a dangerous terrorist whom the Army men had arrested with great difficulty. This scene is sure to make you offer a salute to our great Army Men. But, for them, can you and I enjoy our lives happily like this?
The scene where Pankaj Kapoor tells Arvind Samy ‘Nee oru theeviravadhiya maatthitta’ Wish it was this easy to change a terrorist’s mind! Sigh!

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There is nothing to say about the romantic scenes between Madhubala and Arvind Samy as those are Mani Ratnam’s forteΒ΄ and he excels in it in this movie too!

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I didn’t know that many parts of ‘Roja’ were shot in Ooty until I saw during my college tour, some of the locations at which it was shot. So, seeing those scenes now brings back fond memories of the tour. πŸ™‚
How can I even write something about Roja without mentioning about A.R.Rahman’s music! The day my Dad got the cassette of Roja and how everyone in our house including my grandfather (Chinna Chinna Aasai was his all-time favourite!) became crazy about the music still remains afresh in my memory. See the power of Rahman’s music. It made everyone from a person in his 70s to a 7-year old kid go crazy over it! πŸ˜‰ It is another fact that his music still manages to make everyone go crazy over it.
Some of the BGMs in Roja that I like are the BGM that comes when Roja talks to her sister over the phone, the BGM during the climax and then, of course ‘Telephone Manipol’ as a BGM. Listen to one of my favourite BGM here:

Chinna Chinna Aasai, Pudhu Vellai Mazhai and Kadhal Rojave – no words to describe these 3 songs!

P.S.: Why don’t you all share your favourite scenes from this movie?
P.S.1: I am writing about Mani Ratnam’s films in a random order. The next post may be on any movie from Nayagan to Aayitha Ezhuthu. Will be back with the next post soon.

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36 Comments

  1. March 24, 2007 at 11:09 am

    Good Series πŸ™‚
    The BGM’s are not playing for me 😦 Maybe the same problem, I faced in Sonata’s blog

    I liked the vellai paniyaaram scene, police running in when they break open a coconut. And also the scene, where they call her to identify a body!

  2. Hell's Angel said,

    March 24, 2007 at 11:29 am

    Awesome movie!! One of my most favorite one.. And it reminds u of our college trip huh??thts bad..hehe.. u remember tht guide telling us the climax was shot near paikara dam???i hope they let us see tht place at least once..

    My fave scene is where madhubala apologizes to arvind swamy.. she says sorry… S O R R Y.. Enna paatha paavama illa.. Na romba kettava illa konjam nallava thaan.. hehehe.. i just love this dialogue.. i keep telling this whenever i ask sorry to some1.. πŸ˜›

    Arvind swamy was too good in this movie… πŸ˜‰

    Music??needless to talk about it..it speaks for itself..

  3. sreekrishnan said,

    March 24, 2007 at 6:14 pm

    nothing – even, maniratnam’s creations cannot beat his own master piece – IRUVAR

    GOd level and mind blowing !!

    I had enough talking abt it and i could still ramble on and on …write on that, lets see if you have something more to say abt the movie ..anything finer, am sure should have caught your eyes, which mine didnt !!

  4. adiya said,

    March 25, 2007 at 9:57 am

    ya . Best thing in Manis movie is his cinematography inspite his movie songs are deadly.. πŸ˜‰ either its Onru or Pallavi anu Pallaiv or Pagal Nilavu or Guru.. it has its own flavours.

    πŸ™‚

  5. Sathej said,

    March 25, 2007 at 10:54 am

    A new look to your blog!Very nice.
    Sathej

  6. Hell's Angel said,

    March 26, 2007 at 6:35 pm

    oh..i seemed to have missed what Adiya has stated!! πŸ˜€

  7. Aparna said,

    March 26, 2007 at 7:05 pm

    Ferrari,
    Thank you.
    I too like the scene where they call her to identify the body.

    Hell’s Angel,
    But, I don’t think people will believe you if you say enna paattha paavama illa πŸ˜›
    Arvind Samy yes! But, look at how he is now 😦 It would be apt if he says ‘Eppadi irundha naan ippadi aaittaen!’ πŸ™‚

    Sreekrishnan,
    Welcome to my blog! Will write about Iruvar sometime soon.

    Adiya,
    That’s true. And, you seem to have watched all his movies!

    Sathej,
    Thanks.

  8. Adiya said,

    March 26, 2007 at 7:42 pm

    :).. enna pannurathu. .:) konjam konjam padam parpeyan.. esp that he paired up with Balamahendra for one movie. πŸ™‚ nice camera. πŸ™‚

  9. March 26, 2007 at 8:20 pm

    Too good Adiya. Just like hells angel you are aware of many things. I am amazed at you two πŸ™‚ way to go

  10. yuva said,

    March 27, 2007 at 2:10 am

    unforgettable movie experience.. one scene just on top of my mind now– Roja acts in the temple in Kashmir, the way she addresses the ’’God of Kashmir’’ and tells him to tell something to her deity at home. This is a somewhat simple & nice relaxed way of treating a God.

    also not sure, many know that — this movie’s story was adapted from writer, Sujatha’s novella 14 Natkal.The story is based on a real story of abduction of an IOC official from the south by Kashmiri terrorists.

    It was a ground breaking for it heralded a new age in Indian cinema & music.

    for me, this Movie has 2noticable take-aways:*) In violence we forget who we are and *) Love is often gentle, desire always a rage.

  11. ranjhith said,

    March 27, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    The BGM is too good. Re-kindles some of the memories. πŸ™‚

  12. Aparna said,

    March 29, 2007 at 8:55 pm

    Yuva,
    Apart from Sujatha’s novel and the abduction of an official, it is also based on the mythological story of Satyavan and Savithri.

  13. astroshiva said,

    April 4, 2007 at 6:06 pm

    I think Nayagan is undoubtedly his best work.

  14. Aparna said,

    April 7, 2007 at 9:43 am

    astroshiva,
    Oh I see. And, Welcome to my blog!

  15. Bharath said,

    April 10, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    Difficult to say which is his best ever… Everytime you watch his movie (Ive seen each one at least 5 times) you realize something new… And you marvel at the man… Like theres this scene in Guru, part of the song “Tere Bina” where Aishwarya’s back is to the camera and you can feel her sobbing…

    My best scenes from Mani movies, in order:

    – Nayagan – His son dying, Inspector Kerkar’s son as a kid saying “Baba mar gaya”, Nayagan wanting to see his grandson… Oh I can go on and on about Nayagan, easily his best work

    – Kannathil Mutthamittal – Everyone seated at the dining table and Keerthana asks Madhavan if he picked her up from the “Kuppai Thotti”, Of course the final scene with Nandita Das

    – Anjali – The final scene makes me cry every time I see the movie, Anjali calling out to her mother the night before she dies…

    – Guru – Abhishek Bachchan in hospital and his daughters singing “Jaage” to him… Of course the most talked about court scene…

    – Bombay – All the songs!

    One can just go on and on… He is UNARGUABLY the best person in India for picturizing music… The only person who’ll do justice to Rahmans songs… The only person who can get the best out of all his cast and crew – Rajeev Menon cant bring out the magic even in his own films! Kamal’s best was unarguably Nayagan… Abhishek – Unarguably his best films were Yuva and Guru… Rahman makes his classiest tunes for Mani Ratnam – be it Dil Se, Bombay, Guru or Iruvar! And how he can make kids act – whether its Keerthana in Kannathil or Shyamilee in Anjali!

  16. Aparna said,

    April 12, 2007 at 7:13 pm

    Bharath,
    Welcome to my blog!
    You seem to be one BIG fan of Mani Ratnam! All the scenes you have mentioned are my favourites too. πŸ™‚

  17. dawdler said,

    April 14, 2007 at 9:33 pm

    Mani’s at his best down the streets of Madras… however snazzy his cross country films mite be… he’s just about unbeatable capturing the heart warming mischief, making even the mundane middle class life activities seem inspirational and elicit a smirk outta any1…
    case @ point agni natchathiram (just abt every damn scene in the movie), anjali and alaipayuthey…..

  18. Aparna said,

    April 17, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    dawdler,
    Welcome to my blog!
    I completely agree with what you have said πŸ™‚

  19. May 5, 2007 at 3:55 am

    Idhayathai Thirudathe-The all time Favourite of ManiRatnam
    Top 10 of ManiRatnam
    1.Idhayathai Thirudathe
    2.Kannathil Muthamittal
    2.Bombay
    2.Roja
    2.Anjali
    3.Thiruda Thiruda
    3.AlaiPayuthey
    4.MounaRagam
    4.Uyire
    5.Thalapathy
    6.Aayitha Ezhuthu
    7.Nayagan

  20. May 5, 2007 at 4:00 am

    Idhayathai Thirudathe-The all time Favourite of ManiRatnam
    Top 10 of ManiRatnam
    1.Idhayathai Thirudathe
    2.Kannathil Muthamittal
    2.Bombay
    2.Roja
    2.Anjali
    3.Thiruda Thiruda
    3.AlaiPayuthey
    4.MounaRagam
    4.Uyire
    5.Thalapathy
    6.Aayitha Ezhuthu
    7.Nayagan

    Idhayathai Thirudathe-
    I see it 100 times.Even now it looks like a new one.ExtraOrdinary performance by Nagarjuna,Kirija,Neena and the Grandma.ExtraOrdinary dialogs and Location
    Brilliant Cinematography,Ooty is the best place for picturisation.
    Superb Background Music.Oh Pappa Laly is the IlayaRaja touch.
    Worst comedy.

  21. May 5, 2007 at 4:11 am

    Thiruda Thiruda-A best comedy thriller never seen by Tamilnadu.Outstanding performance by Anand,Prasanth,Heera.Attractive Locations.UnImaginative Lightings.Wonderful Songs and Lovable Background Score.Well defined Dialogs,Fast Screenplay.

  22. May 5, 2007 at 4:14 am

    Don’t laugh.
    If I was the judge for Oscar,Surely I will select the best film as
    Idhayathai Thirudathe-
    The all time Favourite of ManiRatnam and the lifetime film of him.
    Please see this film.Enjoy that feeling.

  23. Aparna said,

    May 5, 2007 at 12:51 pm

    Ashok Choutry,
    Welcome to my blog!
    I have seen Idhayatthai thirudaadhe and I like it too πŸ™‚
    As for worst comedy in that movie, I couldn’t agree with you more on that.

  24. August 26, 2007 at 3:26 am

    […] I had written in one of my earlier posts, I still remember the day when my dad got the cassette of Roja and how I loved all the songs. Then […]

  25. Ramya said,

    August 26, 2007 at 9:04 pm

    can’t really pick out the best……..
    if mani n ARR pair up,everything abt the movie rocks….
    in Roja, i noticed that in the engagement scene, (bt. aravindsamy n roja’s sis.), background music was the song “telephone manipol” frm indian…..
    i noticed tat very well…i dun know how many of u hv noticed…..pl. do reply….
    kannathil muthamittal…..oh God, fabulous movie……..a real classic…….salaam to ARR for all his tribute n dedication to music………
    ARR

  26. Aparna said,

    August 26, 2007 at 10:41 pm

    Ramya,
    I have noticed that Telephone Manipol comes as BGM too πŸ™‚

  27. Ramya said,

    August 27, 2007 at 8:12 pm

    oh gr8, u have noticed it, huh??? so, how r u, aparna????
    thanx 4 replying…..nice write up…..njoyed reading every bit of it…….

  28. Aparna said,

    September 1, 2007 at 3:23 pm

    Ramya,
    Thanks

  29. deeptrance said,

    September 19, 2007 at 4:20 am

    Stumbled upon your blog while looking for Mani Ratnam pics. I was just doing my own countdown of Ratnam movies – http://inadeeptrance.blogspot.com/search/label/cinema
    Would love to have your views on that post.

    My favorite of all things Roja was the rapid editing of the Chinna Chinna Aasai song – innovative angles, cute shots – most befitting the song that became an anthem of sorts.

  30. Bhagirath said,

    November 16, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Most most most lovable movie with unexplainery music.
    its a really big achivement of my all time favorite and masterpiece of music A. R. Rehman to get reward for his debute movie as a music directer.
    And simply,maker Maniratnam is a genious.

  31. September 4, 2009 at 4:33 am

    Excellent site, keep up the good work

  32. SAL ZABEEL said,

    August 19, 2010 at 9:57 am

    By any chance , the movie was shot in shimla?

  33. srish said,

    August 31, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Hi all:-) i know im little late in this blog discussing about the movie roja. One scene which i loved the most in the movie is the National flag burning. It shows the patriotism of not only the hero but the entire nation as we all wld’ve reacted during that scene. Nd also the scene where the sister of the terrorist chief helping him to escape. It shows all terrorist are not bad. Some are forced. A gr8 movie overall wit gr8 music nd highly patriotic which makes every Indian brings his/her patriotism out. Love the movie.

  34. Victor Premsagar said,

    January 17, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Where was Roja climax shot?

  35. Vindhya Madhuri said,

    February 4, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Where was the Song Chini Chini Asha Shot? Is that a tourist spot?

  36. Priyanka said,

    November 8, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    My most favourite scene is the snow prank, the way he tries to catch her while she runs and…
    “I love you” :’) πŸ™‚


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