Sivakarthikeyan's upcoming film 'Remo' has a really cool song called 'Senjitaley' composed by Anirudh and written by Vignesh Shivan. This unique song is about a man who walks down the road and sees a young woman who shoots him a glance. BAM! The young man is struck by cupid's arrow and he starts following the woman around. His grand plan is to harass her into falling in love with him - he doesn't want her easily, he wants to trouble her, go after her and THEN win her heart. It goes without saying that this text needs to be read with a #SarcasmAlert.
'Senjitaley' has garnered over 19 lakh views and follows the same old template of stalking being romanticized as love in Tamil cinema, as The Hindu points out. We know nothing at all about the woman in question - but the guy has decided that she is the angel who was born for him, the girl for whom he's been roaming the streets for twenty years. That's the purpose of her existence and he's going to make sure she knows it. The video accompanying the song puts to rest any doubts you may have about what the lyricist is trying to say. It's stalking, simple and straightforward.
The comments section on YouTube has discussions on the music and how good the song is but barely anything on how problematic it is. Just a month ago, the internet was outraging on the Swathi murder case and the romanticization and glorification of violence against women in films. Guess all that is water under the bridge now...till the time another Swathi makes the headlines.
Hereās the video:
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