Apoorva Raagangal (more commonly pronounced as ‘Aboorva
Raagangal’) was part of the second innings of K Balachander, one among the
’shock-and-shake-up-the-audience’ series of movies (the others being Arangetram,
Aval Oru Thodarkathai and Avargal). Kamal featured in all of those, but got
possibly his first opportunity as leading man in Tamil with this movie released
Barely in his twenties, he stuns the audience with his fearless and mature
performance. When one thinks back now, it seems like Balachander actually tapped
the rebellious streak and raw energy in Kamal for the role of Prasanna. The
intelligence, interest in arts and indifference to societal rules all seem to
match with his real-life self. In that sense, Balachander and Kamal were working
off each other.
This movie is also known for the debut of Rajnikanth. In the few scenes they
have together, Kamal and Rajni are in a way pitted against each other, both
being interested in the same woman. Again looking back, the slowly maturing
relationship between the two seems to reflect their personal equation in the
future superstar era.
But the image of the movie really is from the popular “Adhisaya raagam…” song —
Kamal singing away and Srividya looking at him in wonder. Yesudas’s classical
voice and Kannadasan’s simple yet meaning-laden lyrics add beauty.