Remember the film Priyuraalu Pilichindi? The song Palike Gorinka where an ethereally gorgeous Aishwarya Rai mesmerised the audience? But it’s not what’s important about this film.
Based on the Jane Austen classic Sense and Sensibility, the Tamil film Kandukondein Kandukondein received extremely positive critical response and went on to perform well theatrically in Tamil Nadu. Its many dubbed versions garnered near unanimous reception. The classical raagas used in the film’s music, the way it is rooted in the native culture despite being adapted from a British novel and the way the even the supporting characters were etched created a lasting impression on the audience mind.
Like legendary film critic Peter Bradshaw said, Priyuraalu Pilichindi is as good as Austen’s novel, if not better. That it starred a small matter of Mammootty, Ajith, and Tabu is a side note compared to the artistic achievement of the film. As the film completes 20 years now, just go through the magic of romance. The film’ another great feat is upholding of family values and balancing it with individual freedom.