Song of the Day: Cherathukal From ‘Kumbalangi Nights’


Song: Cherathukal

Music: Sushin Shyam

Singers: Sithara Krishnakumar, Sushin Shyam

Lyrics: Anwar Ali

Actors: Shane Nigam, Soubin Shahir, Fahadh Faasil, Sreenath Bhasi, Anna Ben

Film: Kumbalangi Nights

Our song for Mothers’ Day is ‘Cherathukal’ from Kumbalangi Nights, the 2019 film written by Shyam Pushkaran and directed by Madhu C. The film centers on four brothers living in a small house in the fishing area of Kumbalangi, and ‘Cherathukal’ is about the longing for a mother that Frankie, a teenager feels. The line, “Makane njanundarikathoru,” says, “Son, I am here, watching over you.” The song is like a lullaby, it starts off with the ambiance set by Sushin Shyam’s orchestral rendition which shines and tenderly transitions into a chorus. The violin interludes, Sithara’s subdued rendition, and her stress on the lyrics, followed by Sushin who leads into a crescendo, make the song stay well after it’s over.