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Why this kolaveri, di?

by Vidya Sury November 24, 2011 4 comments
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In spite of the lovely day yesterday when we enjoyed Vidur’s birthday, one thing refused to go out of my mind. And that thing is this song.

“Why this kolaveri di?” from the Tamil movie “3” starring Dhanush (ah, our superstar Rajnikanth‘s son in law) and Shruti Hassan (ah, my all-time favorite actor, Kamal Hassan‘s daughter). Everyone is talking about this song – in chat, in status messages, on Facebook – you name it, you’ll find it there. Now it has begun to come in as email forwards, too.

So I thought, I’ll post about it and get it out of my system. As if. Here, listen to it and you’ll see why it is so viral. It is in Tanglish (Tamil + English). Cool, whacky lyrics.

I always find it curious why certain songs or posts go viral. There’s something that appeals and gets shared in a rush and the togetherness of liking it makes it even more special. Somewhat like mass prayer.

What I like about this song is the oh-so-laid-back way in which Dhanush sings it. It is not like he’s a professional playback singer or something – which is probably what makes it even more attractive.

Then there are the lyrics, that everyone can identify with. No posh English, no hassles with grammar. It is an everyday kind of song that just about any street Romeo would sing for fun.

Yep! It is the “fun” element that makes it so enjoyable. And look at the folks in the video – there’s Aishwarya, (Rajni’s daughter) Shruti (Kamal’s daugher) and Dhanush, of course, besides the sound engineer Sivakumar. They are obviously having a great time recording it – and watching this makes one feel a sense of belonging. I am sure we’re going to love the movie.

I’ve always felt Dhanush, with his good looks is a fine actor waiting for the right kind of role.  Most of the movies he’s starred in had him in rather similar and stereotyped roles. I first loved him in Thiruda Thirudi’s song “Manmatha raasa” – oh boy, the guy can shake a leg. It is exhausting just to watch him! Love the girl too and her playback voice! I am a big fan of “kuthu” songs (Tamil rap, raunchy, fast songs with fun lyrics). Here’s the video, if you are so inclined to watch a really peppy number.


Not someone who goes out to the cinema theater to watch movies (too expensive and too time-consuming) – I am the boring sort who’ll wait for it to be aired on TV – which it eventually will be. Earlier these days than before, what with everyone buying the television rights to every movie even before it releases.

Anyway – just thought I’d take a break and try to get over this Why this kolaveri di? Not. I guess I’ll quit trying and let life take its course. Grin! By the way, kolaveri in Tamil means “killer rage”.


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Rachel @ Totally Ovar It November 24, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Thank you fo posting these songs. They’re great! I love the Tanglish. You’re making me much hipper!

Vidya Sury November 25, 2011 at 3:33 am

😀 Thanks, Rachel – I love them too – they’re such fun!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!

Raheel November 29, 2011 at 9:12 am

That sound engineer is the composer, Anirudh Ravichander. The guy, seemingly, is a prodigy. Can’t wait to hear the rest of the album!! Keep blogging!! Dhanush gotta stick to singing/whining!!

Vidya Sury November 29, 2011 at 9:45 am

Hi Raheel! 🙂 Thanks for visiting. We haven’t gotten over the song yet. I am sure the rest of the album will be out by this year end, although we’ll have to wait for the movie until early next year.


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