20 million viewers in less than one month….
Before saying anything about the song that has transcended so rhythmically social, ethnic, language and even geographical borders, it’s a musical idea to look up the meaning of the two melodic words Kolaveri Di.
Even in India — the land of the rising song — most people do not understand the meaning of the words that have set the foot tapping and people swaying in the UK and other parts of the world.
The inboxes of all those having to do even a little bit with Bollywood have been flooded with queries — what’s the meaning of the two words? After all, everyone in India also does not understand Tamil language.
Composer Anirudh Ravichander, who came out with this song on debut, says: “Why this Kolaveri Di means `why do you have this murderous rage against me’?
It may sound music to your ears, but the entire process was actually over in 20 minutes. The tune came first. Once Ravichander came up with the tune, Dhanush heard and sang the words.
And if you are wondering, why the Kolaveri Di is called the ‘soup song’, Ravichander has an explanation: Soup is a Tamil word used for guys who go through failure in love. Words like these are used by young guys in real life but in a song, they were introduced by them. And, the words have worked well for Kolaveri Di.
What is more important than the basics — which movie is the song from? and other such issues — is the significance behind the success of the song.
Listen with your eyes closed and you realise individual taste may vary, but human beings across the world are so much the same. Good music and soothing lyrics relax their tired nerves; they sway and like to get swayed when something appeals to their senses. And, it’s the same for the blacks, and the whites.
For once, incomprehensible singing of the somewhat comprehensive words and strangeness of the music is no deterrent. The rhyme and the rhythm binds you; and you sit glued to the small screen, listening and watching the song.
It does not matter whether you are an ardent supporter of the BNP policies, or fighting for the cause of the asylum seekers….
But, when it comes to the people hailing from the land of the hot song, chances are that the attitude of the natives with a stiff upper lip may change.
After all, foreigners are not natives. Their skin colour and tone, their language, and even their ethnicity is different. Why This Kolaveri Di? we ask.
Now about the basics, Lead actor of 3, the lyricist and singer of the Kolaveri song is Dhanush. He recently won the national award for his performance in Aadukalam. 3 is directed by Aishwarya Dhanush, the daughter of superstar Rajnikanth and wife of actor Dhanush. The film stars Shruthi Hassan, Kamaal Hassan’s daughter, and Dhanush in lead roles. It’s expected to be released on 14th January 2012.
It clicks, indeed!