Poet Vali wrote songs for several films in the 1960s. Kannadasan entered cinema as a leading lyricist and carved a niche for himself. Like Kannadasan, he wrote songs for many situations like spirituality, love, sadness, tears, philosophy.
Kannadasan did not write songs in MGR films when there was a political conflict between Kannadasan and MGR. So, Wally took full advantage of that gap. Vali’s lines resonated with MGR.
Vali has written many hit songs of MGR. Vali’s lines especially helped MGR to promote himself to the masses. Vali wrote many songs including “If I decree it will happen.. My breath will be in three syllables… The question is why..”
In the case of films, the lyrics of a lyricist may not be liked by the music composer or the director. So, the poet will use those lyrics for another film. This happens from time to time.
Vali wrote a song for a film directed by PR Bandulu starring MGR. But MSV refused saying that the lines were too long. That afternoon, Vali went to write a song for the movie ‘Arasa Komandy’. KV Mahadevan composed the music for that film. This is also a movie starring MGR as the hero.
Vali showed the lyrics to Mahadevan and said, ‘Make a tune for these lyrics’ and Mahadevan also made a wonderful tune. That is the song called ‘Puttam new book. The song “Don’t want MSV” became a super hit by attracting fans. Wali himself has told this information in an interview.