KOLAVERI RAGE.


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

IN FOCUS

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.

RA.One’s music launch.


Tune in to SRK…..

The most anticipated release of the year, RA.One hits the silver screen this Diwali and the music of the film will be launched at a glitzy event next week. Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM, which has always given its listeners a chance to connect with their favourite Bollywood stars, has a unique offering for its listeners this time. 
Your favourite radio station will give a lucky listener a chance to attend the music launch of RA.One on September 12 along with a Mirchi RJ. RA.One, starring the Badshah of Bollywood, will officially release its music at the event with performances by none other than Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal, who will groove on stage to the film’s music. Known for innovation, Mirchi is running a whacky contest to find that lucky winner who will accompany a popular Mirchi RJ for this awaited event. 
With music composed by Vishal-Shekhar, the soundtrack has two songs sung by international artist Akon. Songs like Chammak Challo, Criminal and Dildaara will be showcased at the music launch. Tune into Radio Mirchi and you could be the privileged one to attend the music launch of the biggest release of the year!

Salman and Kareena have great chemistry.


DIRECTORS CUT 

Director Siddique says his film is a complete package with emotions,romance,action and lots of drama.

Bodyguard director Siddique is confident that his film will be a complete entertainer for the audiences.Im confident about my subject, the super performances by all the actors and a package consisting of all the necessary ingredients needed for a commercial entertaineraction,emotion,humour,and good music, he says. But, he’s naturally a bit tense too,considering the high expectations people have from this movie. I can’t let down Salmans audience especially since his earlier three films were lapped up by his fans.I have to maintain his stardom and satisfy his followers. 

In the original Tamil and Malayalam versions, the hero was not macho, they were both soft and romantic. But in the Hindi version changes were made because of Salmans image. It is a pukka Bollywood movie, it is not a Malayalam or Tamil movie talking in Hindi. You will never feel that it has been adapted from the South. But,Bodyguard is not an action film, action is there in the background. It is essentially an emotional, romantic drama with lot of humor. Siddique admits that he was a little nervous initially about directing a star of Salmans stature.But Salman is a very friendly and open-hearted person so I never hesitated in giving him instructions.Kareena is a great performer. Her character is very consistent throughout. She watched both versions where Nayantara and Asin had played the female lead, but she has done it in her own style and wanted to retain her identity. I am lucky to have got three talented actresses to play one character.Salman and Kareena share beautiful chemistry. Both are very competitive and they complement each other.
Khan always had a clear vision about his costumes and body language. Says Siddique,he had been observing the bodyguards of a lot of VIPs. Wearing a Bluetooth headset was his idea. He would also improvise on certain situations. For instance, when actor Rajat Rawal goes to the girls hostel at Salmans instruction and is beaten up by the girls,he points out to him standing outside the hostel. As per the scene, Salman had to duck down when Rajat points out at him. Instead,he ducked down and crawled like a baby and that made the scene funnier.