Tinka tinka, zara zara

Karam, released in 2005 would certainly qualify as unconventional for a Hindi film, even though it subscribes to all the tropes of its genre. A noir film about an assassin wanting to leave the business for love isn’t exactly standard Hindi film fare, and while it was a decent film, it pretty much sunk without a trace at the box-office. On the plus side, however, the song Tinka tinka, which introduces Priyanka Chopra‘s character in the film, will likely be remembered for a long time to come.
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Iyengaaru veetu azhage

Known mostly for his over-the-top Rajnikant extravaganzas, Sivaji and Enthiran, S. Shankar has had a much longer career as director. He’s even strayed away from Tamil and made a Hindi film with Nayak, and he’s made plenty of bizarre Tamil films in the past too. One such is the 2005 film Anniyan, which I have watched and I did enjoy. It’s a slick thriller with darkness and grit and an extremely grey protagonist, and multi-personality disorder complications. In the middle of all this the film uses its ability to switch moods by inserting songs such as Iyengaaru veetu azhage into the proceedings to throw us off pleasantly.
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Naam adaa likhna

In 2005, Yahaan arrived and went by without anyone noticing, for the most part. The undervalued Jimmy Shergill might have had something to do with it, or the first outing of an actress no one had heard of, Minissha Lamba, or the ever complicated setting of Kashmir. But in spite of the lukewarm reception, the movie was a gem. The story was interesting, the camera work by Swedish cinematographer Jakob Ihre was beautiful, and the songs laced with Shantanu Moitra‘s music were ethereal. Of those, Naam adaa likhna stood out above the rest.
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