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Straight from the heart

Gopi SundarPhoto: Special Arrangement

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Everybody’s in love with the girl from Mukkam, thanks in part to music director Gopi Sundar’s wonderfully poignant melody ‘Mukkathe Penne.’ The paean to timeless love in Ennu Ninte Moideen has captured the imagination of listeners as few songs in Malayalam ever have, even as the audience takes to heart R.S. Vimal’s film, which narrates the real life love story of Moideen and Kanchanmala, which blossomed in Mukkam village in Kozhikode. And that’s despite the fact that the 3.48 min song is only the theme music for the film, playing in the background at certain moments in the narrative.

“I have given Malayalam cinema a lot of hits, in all manner of genres, but never has a song affected me this emotionally. I call ‘Mukkathe Penne’ my first emotional hit because it’s the kind of song that goes straight into the hearts of the audience,” says a thrilled Gopi, referring to all the positive feedback he’s been getting for the song. “My Facebook page is flooded with comments praising me for the song… and cursing me in turn for making people addicted to it!” says Gopi, with a guffaw.

‘Mukkathe Penne’s lyrics are by Mohammed Maqbool Mansoor, one of the music director’s main backing vocalists. Mohammed and Gopi have themselves sung the number. Believe it or not, the song was written and composed in less than five minutes. “I was working on the background score for the film and we needed a song in place of another urgently. The tune just popped into my head and it just so happened that Mohammed was in the studio at the time. I didn’t even know he could write when I turned to him and asked him to give me some lyrics off the cuff. It was done before we knew it,” says the music director, who won a National Award this year for background score.

Gopi himself was supposed to compose the entire soundtrack for Ennu Ninte Moideen, rather of just the BG and the single. “When the offer came, I was neck deep in the final score for Bangalore Days and I just didn’t have the time to take on another project. When Vimal approached me again, I saw the rushes and I just fell in love with the film and wanted to do my bit for it. Mohammed and I really felt the late Moideen’s presence in the room while we were working on the song. Perhaps that why everything just came together beautifully, just like everything else about film, whether it’s Vimal’s direction, Jomon T. John’s camera or Prithviraj’s and Parvathy’s superlative acting. There was a lot of love going around and a bit of it just rubbed off on me,” adds Gopi.

Meanwhile, keep an ear out for Gopi’s upcoming songs in Mohanlal-starrer Pulimurugan; Charlie, with Dulquer Salmaan and Parvathy in the lead, Uppri, a Tamil-Telugu bilingual starring Nagarjuna and Karthi, Telugu flicks Seetamma Andaalu Raamayyaa Sittralu and I Hate You (starring Naga Chaitanya), the remake of Bangalore Days in Tamil and Premam in Telugu…

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