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Salesh Dipak Fernando



There was a time in Tamil Cinema when Illayathalapathy Vijay was the undisputed king of romance. It was an unconventional pairing which clicked for he didn’t have the looks or the charm that he has now. But it was a pairing which he worked where he explored every possible theme under the romance genre. When people say Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and unrequited love I am like have you guys even had one glimpse of that epic climax in Poove Unakaga. What makes this even more commendable was the fact that he was an actor with limited acting chops back then. His Lip sync to songs was almost like a murmur. But he grew as an actor over time but unfortunately Thirumalai happened and we lost out Vijay the romantic hero to Vijay the mass hero. The Vijay movie template came into existence and epics like Thirupachi and Sivakasi got made. I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy some of his mass movies but my heart still yearns for the romantic hero that Vijay was.


This isn’t the end. This is just the beginning of a lifelong bonding between love and me. Some treasures are meant to be hidden. The world is blissfully unaware of what you mean to me. To them I have the lost my battle of love. But I have won you over in my world.

Sometimes winning isn’t a life time with your loved one. It is a life time filled with memories of your loved one. I am no longer a part of your world but you will always be a part of mine till my last breath.

There’s a constant battle within as I hold on to you but I cherish the win every day.  My heart isn’t yearning for you for you are a permanent impression within me. You are Me

I haven’t given up on you. I never will. You seek solace in a safer abode.  I promise you that our paths will not cross again but will always remain my destination.


My whole world is crumbling around me. There was a time in my life when I yearned for your presence every single day. It was a relentless yet hopeless pursuit. Our hearts never merged yet I was clinging on to love like a hopeless fool.

My desperate cry for a soul mate went unheard.  Cupid chose to remain a stranger even as I remained ignorant of the chaos around me. All that mattered to me was a single nod of approval from destiny.

I let go of life’s little pleasures for those few moments with you. My soul was repeatedly blindfolded as I held on to that tiny flame of hope within me but this fool’s pursuit has led me to the depths of despair.

It’s time to move on beyond the confined space. It’s time to see the world. It’s time to let go. The irony is love is chasing me today and is desperately clinging on to me but I have moved on. I have found redemption in an alternate universe devoid of love.





Will you ever forgive me my love My heart yearns to re-live those last few moments with you but death is knocking at my doorstep.  I am not a traitor. I never was but the mask that I wore was the only way I could reach out to you.

And before I could realise this mask became me. I was blinded by obsession and fear, the fear of losing you.  Nothing else seemed to matter as I relentlessly broke down every hurdle that threatened to separate us.

I knew the consequences. I knew one day you would see through the mask and peel it off layer by layer. But I was desperate to hold to you for eternity for I was hopelessly in love with you before you embraced the mask.

Forgive me my Love. I am not stranger or a traitor. Let me embrace death knowing that you  still love beyond the mask. It’s time to answer the creator’s final call.


Oh come back to me my love. My heart pleads for you. I agree I made a mistake. We all slip at one point or the other but we deserve a second chance at happiness.

You are moving away and I don’t blame you for I was a fool blinded by the materialistic instincts of the west. I merely saw you as companion until I realized your worth.  But now I see you as my lady love. I wish you could hear the voice of my soul.

Let’s welcome the little one together. It’s time to re-discover love. Let’s toss away the regrets of the past and move towards our happily ever after.

I promise to be a fool again. A fool who is hopelessly in love with the one who completes him.


I wish there was a way to open the mind’s eye for you see me differently whenever I open up to you. You see me as a stranger. But I am not the stranger you perceive me to be.

Here I am waiting for you with the perfect song but you still hold on to that one false note. Perhaps those lovely pair of eyes are a diversion for the moment you close your eyes you hold on me becomes firm There’s a renewed confidence that the stranger whom you once despised will take you to where you ought to be.

The mind opens and the false note disappears. The soul composes a lovely melody. Have no regrets for this stranger is still waiting for you. Let the eternal melody of love fill our life with love and joy.





We were cupid’s favourite children.  We were meant to be even before our paths crossed. But destiny took it’s time before we actually met. But the bond grew stronger day by day. We were inseparable.

But Cupid had other plans as we let ourselves to be blinded by our egos. An imaginary veil separated us. Friends became familiar foes even as we distanced ourselves from each other the soul was yearning for a union.

I am no longer prepared to wait. Let’s throw away the cloak of ego that threatens to separate us and find our own bliss in each other. Let’s fulfil cupid’s wish and fill his soul with lasting happiness.


I always thought I was the one for you. But I was wrong, You had a past, a lovely past in which you were the only one for them their guardian angel. I am not letting you go I am merely taking you back to where you belong.

I merely wanted a space in your world but you were willing to forego your fortress of love to pave way for my own. The princess was willing to become the wanderer. But I want you to wear your royal robe again. It’s your kingdom filled with subjects who adore you.

I want to see you rule their hearts forever and lf letting go will make you the rightful heir I will do that and more for the happiness in their faces means much more than our bond of love.

Perhaps this is love too. A love which will lit the flame of hope for future generations. A love devoid of selfish desires. A love willing to spread it’s wings beyond the two souls that forged it.

Ah! But the kingdom needs a prince too. It’s a blissful union built on the foundation of sacrifice and hope. It’s time to rule the hearts of our people together


I have lost count of the number of times I have seen Mozhi and admired Radha Mohan’s finesse in dealing with a very delicate subject. Mozhi is a film which screams joy from Take One. It is a film about second chances. RadhaMohan makes us pause and reflect at exactly the right moments. In the surface it does seem like yet another love story between the two main leads but if you dig deeper there’s a lot to read between the lines.

Radha Mohan re-writes the famous catchphrase from It’s a Wonderful life in his own unique way “Even time the bell rings an angel gets it’s wings” becomes “Every time a bell rings love will bloom in your heart”.

 Archana and Karthik

He relishes music while she savours silence. Will the unconventional pairing work?  Only time will tell.  Her firmness is a trait which made him fall for her. He’s smitten. The fact that her world is filled with silence doesn’t matter for you need those small meaningful pauses and moments of silence to understand the depth of music.

Her world has changed.  It is filled with people who admire her for what she is. It is sweet and beautiful. She can open up for it’s her World. But will fate be kind or is there another twist?

OMG he’s managed to find her voice. It’s his Eureka moment.  He can’t wait to share this with her. He runs to her like an enthusiastic kid without realizing his blunder.  The first slip up becomes a catastrophe. Will he able to win her heart again?

She tought he was different. But they are all the same. Why did he seek to find my voice? If my silence doesn’t resonate with him he doesn’t deserve to be a part of my life.

With great effort he finds a space in her life again.  He’s managed to penetrate her silence and enter her world.  He wants it to be their world.  But she’s adamant.

An unknown fear grips her heart. For the very first time her wall of firmness breaks down.  She becomes fragile. There’s a tussle between the mask that she wears and her real self. There’s someone willing to open the gate of love for her. There’s someone willing to walk with her for the rest of her life.  But will it work out in the long run?  As the doubts begin to haunt her stream of tears take over, tears which wash away all her fears. She runs to him. It’s a new dawn.   It’s a perfect union in the presence of the Lord, The two souls become one.

Viji and Sheela :

He’s known her for quite a while.  The fact that she was able to come to terms with a horrible past move on and play a vital role in forging a bond between Archana and Karthik astonishes him. She creeps into his heart almost like an invisible presence.

The moment of revelation should have stunned him but it makes him and reflect. Almost all of us have a million untold stories within. A shabby past waiting to be re-written, the constant pressure of having to fit in a society filled with ridiculous norms. But we continue to resist the pressure and dare to dream of a better future. He has no second thoughts. There are meant to be.

 She sees him differently. She seems him as someone who challenges her to dream of a different future. He challenges the norms that exist. He breaks all the barriers with a simple proposal Beyond the initial shock his joy resonates with her. He doesn’t fuss too much about the next step. It’s instantaneous and gratifying. It’s gonna be a fun ride

  Karthik and the Professor.

My world has been the same for quite a while.  People laugh and I don’t know why. Sometimes ignorance is bliss It’s ok if the world has moved on beyond Azharudddin but I love my world as it is. My wife’s tears are almost inconsequential.

Oh wait there’s a stranger out there who seems familiar. He’s not a stranger. He’s my son.  Look at my son he’s all grown up.  How many times do I have to tell you to come home early? You are a little too late but atleast you have come home. I love the slippers that you gifted me. I wasn’t there when you grew up but you are constantly watching over me. The roles have reversed.  I am the child now.

Why are you so persistent? The mess within is clearing up.  A stream of tears has just broken down the wall of ignorance. My wife’s tears begin to make sense.  It’s time to let go of the past. It’s time to renew the bond I had with my son in a different way.  



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