Dripping with Chitra’s honey-laced vocals and Vairamuthu’s lyrics that describe longing so wonderfully, Kannalane from Bombay is one of my favourite melodies by Rahman. The video does complete justice to the song, doesn’t it. Manisha Koirala in the white ghagra, lip syncing almost perfectly to the lyrics, constantly looking at or looking for Arvind Swamy, and he never taking his eyes off her. Also, that scene where his sister warns him by wagging her finger. Hehe.
How did Rahman come up with that aalap? Brilliant. It adds another dimension to the song. Also, the chorus – I love how they enter again at 3.33. However, what I love most about the track is the single guitar that’s strummed on and off in the background. Listen to the last one minute.
I wish I could write more about the singer, but really, what can I say? She’s our Chinna Kuyil Chitra.
I’d pick Kannalane over Uyire Uyire any day.