The music from the blockbuster Malayalam film Premam is still a hot favourite among young people. Of all the numbers, the Kalippu song which introduces George (Nivin Pauly) in his college days, became a superhit. Nivin's black shirt and white mundu avatar was a sensation that was imitated by many college students.
Now, with two days to go for the new season of the Indian Super League (ISL) to begin, the Kerala Blasters team couldn't have picked a better song for their promo. With rewritten lyrics set to the music of Kalippu, the new song captures Kerala culture and its undying love for football.
â€˜The lyrics of revengeâ€™ laud the spirit of Kerala Blasters and their desire to play their best game. From the references to folklore to the frenzied beating of drums, and the visuals that show the right way to hitch up the mundu, the promo song has enough to please the average Malayali, football fan or not.
The song also throws some playful taunts at the opponent teams, asking the Kerala Blasters to clash with the Chennaiyin FC, prove their mettle to Bengaluru FC and hitch up their mundus and march forward against Kolkataâ€™s ATK.
Sachin Tendulkar, who co-owns Kerala Blasters, had visited Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at his office on Nov 2, seeking the support of the Kerala government ahead of the upcoming season of the ISL. The new season of the ISL begins on November 17 in Kochi.
The 2017-2018 ISL season will bring in International players like Rino Anto, Milan Singh, Arata Izumi, Subhasish Roy Chowdhury, and Jackichand Singh. Iain Hume, former Kerala Blasters forward, had rejoined the side in July. Former Manchester United players Wes Brown and Dimitar Berbatov have also been signed up.
On November 17, Kerala Blasters will lock horns with Kolkataâ€™s ATK in Kochi at 3:30 pm. The 2017-18 season of the ISL will see the inclusion of two more teams and the tournament will take place for around five months, much longer than the previous editions.