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Lyrically lively

Cinema alone is not his arena. Pa. Vijay has so far compiled 10 anthologies of verses to boost his track record on the literary side.


IT WAS his verses that the Boys sang on the silver screen and today almost every boy in every town is humming them. The credit goes to Pa. Vijay, lyricist of the film Boys.

Hailing from a middle class family settled down in Coimbatore, Mr. Vijay was able to make to the celluloid world only after a struggle of three years. It was Gnanapazham of K.Bhagyaraj and released in 1996, which provided him the causeway for his entry into the film world.

Though it did not evoke much response, he was not demoralised and continued to strive hard to win a position in the industry.

According to him, Parthu Parthu in Nee Varuveyana was the turning point in his career, which won him accolades and from then on, he never looked back till the recent hit Boys.

But, of all his hits, it was Karuppu than enaku pudicha colour, which carried him over to the masses.

Though he had worked with almost all leading directors and music composers, what he still longs for is a chance to work with Mani Ratnam and Ilayaraja.

Mr. Vijay, who has written over 400 songs in around 150 films, so far, says, "my role model is Kannadasan".

Commenting on his style, the lyricist says, "I mostly follow the Pudukavithai format and while using metaphors or formal words I refer to the old classics".

Regarding the general complaint that the numbers in Boys had a lot of English verses, he explains, "the theme of the film required such kind of songs. But, in Priyamana Thozhi, the dialect was out and out local, expressing different kinds of emotions. It was also a hit among the cine buffs".

"As a lyricist, I have to satisfy all types of audience", adds Mr. Vijay.

"I can work with anybody and have no reservations on the theme or the director", he says, adding, "as for as the films are concerned the audience are the judges and no one can predict how good their cakes will sell with the public," he says.

On his memorable experiences, Mr. Vijay recalls, "the song Parvai ondre podhume was a rejected piece, when it was written first. But, later, it was used for another film and became a roaring hit among the people".

Just cinema alone is not his arena, Pa. Vijay has so far compiled 10 anthologies to boost his track record on the literary side.

Of these, he considers the Udaintha Nilakkal as his best work. Yet another notable work, according to him is Silmishi, which had a great welcome among the college students.

Apart from this, in an effort to promote a literary interest among the students and youth, he has opened a forum — Kavignar Pa.Vijay Kavithai Sangam — in a few villages near Kumbakonam. Various competitions have also been organised under this banner to tap the latent talents, particularly from the rural side. Currently, he is involved in opening the sangam in other districts.

Now he is working for 12 films, of which six will hit the theatres during the ensuing Deepavali.

"Though cinema provides me livelihood, I always have an unquenched thirst to create literary works. My ambition is to pen a book, in such a way that it will allure even scholars of other languages to translate it", Mr. Vijay concluded.

To know more about Mr. Vijay and his works, dial: 044-24743682

M.R.ARAVINDAN

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