The Tamil cinema world forgets people, quickly. While India was mourning for Balamuralikrishna, Tamil movies lost a talented writer-director, K Subhash. K Subhash (born as Shankar Krishnan) started his career as an Asst.Director to Maniratnam. His first directorial venture was Kaliyugam which had Prabhu in the lead. His high-point came when he directed Vijayakanth in Chatriyan (scripted and produced by Maniratnam).

Subhash chose to do some interesting scripts – Uthama Purushan (a flirtatious husband getting caught in a random murder), Aayul Kaidhi (a murder convict trying to kill his girlfriend), Pavithra (a mother-son bonding between a nurse and her young patient), Bramma (about a talented artist who can draw pictures of people at different ages by looking at their childhood picture), Pangali (an interesting take on twin brothers switching places), Sabash (visually impaired husband taking revenge on her ex-lover who forces her to commit suicide). His other movies were Ninaivirukkum Varai, Ezhaiyin Sirippil and much more.

He wrote stories and screenplays for other directors. Some gave him credit, like Chennai Express, Housefull 3 and Insan while many didn’t. He also helped out in the screenplay of Yennai Arindhaal and assisted Rajkumar Santoshi in many movies. He had an incredible sense of humour. His conceptualisation and dialogues in comedy sequences were exceptional, and they get frequently played on comedy channels. I will try to write a detailed writeup on his movies, but today I am posting the background score of Chatriyan. Chatriyan is a master class for background scores.

The movie runs on ambient sounds for the first 10 minutes and Raaja weaves his magic when a murder happens on screen. The main theme is nowhere to be seen (or heard) until Subhash introduces Vijayakanth as a police officer. This grand theme was used by Vijayakanth in his elections rallies and ads.

Song Chatriyan’s Theme
Movie Chatriyan
Director K Subhash
Written by Mani Ratnam
Actors Vijayakanth, Bhanupriya and Vijayakumar

When Chatriyan is introduced as a police officer

When he returns back from sabbatical

The complete score

Orchestral Cover by Prasad Vidhyabaskaran

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