Debutant music composer Anirudh Ravichander unravels the mystery behind the new song.


Keeping aside political issues, scams and who’s entering The house, the event that’s making headlines is The Kolaveri song. We call it an event, because it’s the first regional track to top charts and be aired on radio stations across the nation, let alone music channels. ‘The Soup song’ has been viewed over 1.8 million times on the internet domain, that too in just days of its release. It’s now the most searched song on video sharing websites and Tweeple are taking to Kolaveri as the latest trend word. Apart from the amateur, quirky yet fun Tanglish lyrics, what sets the song apart from other such released tracks is its catchy tune. And the man behind it is none other than a 21-year-old debutant music composer, Anirudh Ravichander. A tete-atete with the lad who’s got the nation headbanging to the Kolaveri tune.
Just 21 and a music composer already! Tell us about it?
Basically what happened, in college, Aishwarya (the director) shot many short films for which I had composed music. Now she’s taken the big leap and so my debut album; precisely my big leap too (laughs). Music has been on my mind ever since I was four. I finished all my grades from the Trinity College of Music. I have been part of a band both in school and high school. It was more about carnatic fusion back then. I started playing the piano real young, though my initial tunes were horrendous (I laugh at them now,) I’ve come a long way. In college, I became a part of a rock band. Though the influences paid off pretty well, my main interest always lies in commercial music.
Your inspiration if any?
I am born in the 90s and for most musicians my age, AR Rahman is a sure shot idol. Rahman is an inspiration both personally and professionally. Though, I don’t think I’d ever copy his style.
The story of the Soup Song…
Kolaveri Di was made keeping the youth in mind. The whole situation of the song is of love failure. When Aishwarya gave me the cue, I worked on it. The tune and structure was ready in about 5-10 mins (sounds unreal but it’s true.) When Dhanush heard the track I’d composed, he started penning down the lyrics in broken Tamil. The idea we kept in mind was, how would a Tamilian, who doesn’t know English, sing a song on love failure? And in less than 20 minutes we were done with the quirky Tanglish track which fit the tune pretty well.

What worked for Kolaveri Di?
It’s wonderful how there’s no language barrier in music. I think that worked for Kolaveri’s success. Not only is the tune catchy and hummable but also are the lyrics quirky and fun. But the USP of the song is got to be it’s colloquialism and that one can relate to the emotion of the song. That’s why this song struck a chord.
Some critics say the lyrics are quite anti-women. Your views…
This is a fun loving song. It’s in no way anti-women. Trust me, I have most respect for women, much more than I have for men. We had fun making this song, and that’s how I work. I need to enjoy while I compose.
A little about the tracks in the album 3?
The Soup song is one of a kind and I can safely say the album is a mix of different genres. No two songs sound alike. There are almost 7 songs in the album and three themes. And yes, included in that is a duet by Shruti Haasan and Dhanush too.
This song is a success; what do you feel about it? What plans next?
I still haven’t recovered from the shock. I feel pretty overwhelmed that my debut song as a composer has topped the charts and has gone global. And thanks to The Soup Song rage, I’ve been flooded with offers, some real big ones too, not only in Kollywood but also in Bollywood. But right now I’m just busy with this album and want to concentrate and focus on it without being carried away. I just want to give my best and live up to the expectations of the people. What I’m looking forward is to compose the background score of the album as that’s what truly judges the ability of a music composer.

Simi Kuriakose.


Mick Jagger dishes on future plans and his experience of working with Rahman in their band SuperHeavy.


Mick Jagger has come together with AR Rahman, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart and Damian Marley to form the group SuperHeavy, which releases its self-titled album today. Here, the Rolling Stones frontman talks about his connection with India and the experience of working with Rahman.
How did you write together? Did the musical contributions vary according to each song or did everyone have a pre-planned key role in the process?

• The idea of everybody having a pre-planned key role was hilariously funny. I guess when we started off we didn’t know what we were going to do to be honest, and so everyone was ready to do anything that was asked from them. So we just started writing; one person would come up with a beat, one person would come up with a guitar melody or vocal idea and we just took it from there. It was very quick, Sometimes these things take a little time to finish, but afterwards we got lots of ideas and we just laid them all down one after the other. And then we would come back, listen to them and come back to the rafts and pick out the bits we really liked and work on them. We’d get them down and write lyric ideas on the flight even. That’s how we wrote it.
What were the hardest parts of working on this project? Did you try anything and abandon it because it wasn’t working?

• I don’t think that was the hard part. It was all very fun, quick and easy. It’s always hard to re-visit things and finish them. The fun part is the initial creation when your really up in the studio. When you have to go back and fill in verses and things, they are sometimes a bit tricky to figure out. But what made it easy for me in a way is that I didn’t have to sing the whole way through for most of the songs, so I would come in to do extra vocals sometimes. We recorded about 20 things and once the songs were obvious, we had a lot of jams and things. We just picked the songs that were completed.
You have a special connection with India, especially Rajasthan and Goa, can you talk about this… 

• I love India — it offers such diverse and wide range of music.
When did you first hear about AR Rahman, and why did you decide to work with him? 
I actually cooked up the idea for SuperHeavy with Dave Stewart and he has known AR for quite some time. We knew we wanted to bring in another voice like AR Rahman. He’s a very sweet person and also super musical, that would add a completely different aspect to the record.
How has the collaboration worked out so far, given the songs have got mixed reviews?

• Each song is unique and has its own elements. We wanted to do an album that didn’t sound like anything we’d heard before. We have definitely lived up to it and the collaboration has worked. The album is different from anything else I’ve ever been involved in. The music is wide, ranging from reggae to ballads to Indian songs in Urdu.
What was your first reaction on hearing Maroon 5’s Moves like Jagger, inspired by you? Are you flattered?

• I was surprised when I got to know that they’d done this song because you know I’ve actually played shows with Maroon 5. In fact, they asked me to play with them in November, but I’m not sure if it’s possible, politically speaking. It’s very flattering and hilarious though, don’t you think?
Do you follow Indian music? Any sounds or instruments you would like to use?
I am familiar with Indian music and I have seen AR play various instruments, including Indian ones, so maybe sometime I would like to try out an Indian instrument.

 Tushar Joshi.