Take it Easy Policy! First Ever Tamil Song to Inspire an English Song that Topped the Charts in the UK!

This is the hit song Urvasi Urvasi from the movie Kadhalan starring Prabhu Deva, Nagma, Vadivelu, SPB, Girish Karnad, Raghuvaran and others. This is Shankar's second directorial venture. This movie is Prabhu Deva's debut as a hero and Nagma's debut in the Tamil movie industry. Jeeva, this film's cinematographer went on to become one of the leading directors of the Tamil movie industry. Unni Krishnan was introduced by A R Rahman in this movie and went on to win the National Award for his debut performance. But this song was sung by A R Rahman, Suresh Peters and Sahul Hameed. Suresh Peters went on to become a successful composer in Malayalam. This song was written by Vairamuthu. Though the lyrics and the theme of the song depict the day to day difficulties faced by the youngsters of the 90s, in a humorous manner, the idea of taking life easy is based on the broader philosophy of life 'What will be will be'. When that is the case it is ideal to take it easy while facing the accidental limitations of life is the general idea behind the song. Vadivelu with his 'Needle like body' provides the humorous backbone for this song with his antics and dancing skills. The song was composed by Academy Award winner A R Rahman who has been an inspiration to scores of composers all over the world. In 2014, American hip hop recording artist Will.I.Am and singer Cody Wise, re-created Urvasi Urvasi as It's My Birthday. It's My Birthday topped the charts in the United Kingdom, becoming will.i.am's tenth chart-topper there. The original Tamil song has a combined viewership of less than a million views of its various different uploads on Youtube, whereas the English remake has more than 65 million Youtube views!

Live Life with Conviction and Purpose. Means and Everlasting Fame Will Follow! - MGR Hits 1965

This is a hit song from the movie Panam Padaithavan starring MGR, Sowckar Janaki, K.R. Vijaya, Nagesh, T.S. Balayya, S.A. Asokan, R.S. Manohar and others released in the year 1965. The movie was produced and directed by T R Ramanna. The song features a dance sequence based on the Western Style of Ball Room dancing. The lyrics written by Vaali echoed the thoughts and ideas of MGR who always practiced in real life what he preached through his movies. If you live with purpose, respecting the words of your forefathers without forgetting the path shown by them, then that is what can be considered as being human and civilized. Live life with such strong conviction and purpose so that people will remember you and keep you in their heart and thoughts long after you are gone. This is the essence of the lyrics of this wonderful song written by Vaali. And MGR lived his life exactly based on these guiding principles and no wonder that he remains in the hearts and thoughts of millions of people even today. Tribute to MGR on the occasion of his 99th Birth Anniversary.  Nagesh's antics as a side track to the main dance actually enhances the enjoyability of the song!  Music has been composed by the great Composers (duo) Viswanathan - Ramamoorthy.

Comical Song - Shallow and Materialistic Nature of Societal Relationships!

This is a comical song from the movie Edhir Neechal - 1968 starring Nagesh, Jayanthi, Sowcar Janaki, Muthuraman, Major Sundarrajan, Manorama, Sridhar, M.R.R. Vasu and others. Edhir Neechal was directed by K. Balachander  and music was composed by V. Kumar. This song was written by the versatile and evergreen lyricist Vaali. The movie depicts the materialistic nature of human beings and brings out the shallow and superficial nature of societal relationships in a humorous manner.

Humorous Song from a Hit Movie - 1967

This is a humorous song from the hit movie Naan starring Jayalalitha, Ravichandran, Muthuraman, Nagesh, Mannorama Manohar and others. This song has been sung by L R Easwari and Sirgazhi Govindarajan and the music has been composed by T K Ramamurthy. The movie was directed by T R Ramanna. The song has been written by Kannadasan. Jayalalitha matches Nagesh and Manorama by exhibiting her comic histrionic ability and excels in the way she has portrayed herself humorously in this comical song sequence.
 

Comical Song Featuring Two Comic Geniuses!

This is a comical song from the movie Galaatta Kalyaanam featuring Sivaji and Nagesh. Sivaji and Nagesh have paired up to create some of the most unforgettable and memorable moments in the history of the Tamil Movie Industry. This is one such song that showcases the comical timing of the two actors and establishes what great comical geniuses these two great actors are. For further details about the movie see a few earlier posts from the same movie.

Two Great Voices! - Tribute to Lord Shiva

This is a song from the movie Agathiyar featuring two of the Greatest Voices of all time, paying their tribute to Lord Shiva through music. T R Mahalingam and Sirgazhi Govindarajan who have played the roles of Agathiyar and Naradhar in this movie have rendered this song impeccably in their own inimitable styles. Such true original voices are extremely rare, combined with such talent has created a timeless classic. Credit goes to the multifaceted legendary exponent and music composer Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan for having showcased the divine talent of such great singers with his composition. The lyrics for this movie was written by one of the unsung heroes of the Tamil Movie Industry, Ulundurpettai Shanmugam.

Comical Song from CID Shankar - 1970

This is a comical song from the 1970 hit movie CID Shankar starring Jaishankar, CID Shakunthala, VS Raghavan, RS Manohar, Thengai Srinivasan and others. The movie was directed by R Sundaram and produced by Modern Theatres. The music was composed by Vedha. This particular song was sung by Ponnusamy and L R Easwari. The song was written by Kannadasan.

Tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

This is a hit song from the movie Naam Iruvar (1947), starring T R Mahalingam, T R  Ramachandran, V K Ramasami, T A Jayalakshmi, Baby Kamala and others. This song features Baby Kamala who later went on to become a dancing super star of the Tamil Movie industry in her own right. The plot is as follows. T R Mahalingam plays the part of Sukumar, the son of a black-marketer  who falls in the company of evil friends and invests his money in making a film in accordance with their advice. However, the film never sees the light of the day and leaves Sukumar heavy in debt. He is eventually questioned by financiers and when he fails to pay them, is dragged to court. How he is rescued from his perilous situation forms the climax of the story. At the end of the movie, Sukumar becomes a nationalist and a Gandhian. Nam Iruvar also marked the debut of V. K. Ramasamy who plays the role of an evil old man who desires to marry Sukumar's lady-love Kannamma. The film had a prominent comedy track provided by T. R. Ramachandran of Sabapathy fame. (Courtesy Wikipedia) Music was composed by R Sudarsanam and the song was written by Kothamangalam Subbu. The song was sung by M S Rajeswari. The movie was produced and directed by AVM.

Birds of Several Kinds! - 1963

This is the 'Title Song' of the movie Iruvar Ullam starring Sivaji, Saroja Devi, MR Radha, TR Ramachandran, SV Ranga Rao and others. The movie was directed by L V Prasad and was written by M Karunanidhi. Music by the Great K V Mahadevan, Sung by the Great TMS and Lyrics by the Great Kannadasan. The best clip for this song on Youtube happened to be from the beginning of the first part of the full movie upload and hence used instead of a clip of just the song. There was a time when this movie was not available anywhere and now it is miraculously available for everyone to enjoy! Several actresses appear in this song along with Sivaji and the final one to appear is actress Jayanthi whose debut film was in the same year Jeenu Goodu (Kannada).

Comedy Movie Comical Song - 1968

This is a comical song from the super hit comedy movie Galatta Kalyanam (1968) starring Sivaji Ganesan, Jayalalitha, Nagesh, K. A. Thangavelu, Cho Ramaswamy, A. V. M. Rajan, V. Gopalakrishnan, VS Raghavan, Senthamarai, Sachu, Manorama and others. The movie brought Sivaji and Jayalalitha together for the first time. This movie showcased Jayalalitha's flair for comedy. Gopu had once said it was Jayalalitha who had introduced him to the works of the great comical genius P G Wodehouse whose works were the inspiration for some of of Gopu's directorial successes such as his debut movie as director Kaasedhaan Kadavuladaa. This movie was written by Gopu, working for the first time on his own, away from his partnership with Sridhar. Incidentally this movie was directed by Sridhar's cousin C V Rajendran. Music MSV, Lyrics Vaali, Singers, TMS, PBS, P Susheel and L R Eashwari.

Tribute to MSV - The Greatest Composer Ever!

This outstanding composition by the Great MSV is from the movie Apoorva Raagangal (1975) directed by K. Balachander. The film features Kamal Haasan &  Srividya in lead roles with Rajinikanth, Jayasudha, Nagesh, Major Sundar Rajan in supporting roles. The Kannadasan - MSV pairing is truly an act of God done in order to give the world innumerable timeless classics. There are so many stories behind this song and this movie. This is Rajnikanth's first movie. Srividhya plays the role of a Character inspired by her mother the Great Carnatic Vocalist M L Vasanthakumari. This story is inspired by the 25th story of the legend of Baital Pachisi from 2500 years back. Kannadasan has given a concise and precise extract of the Bhagavad Gita in just this one song. Two creative geniuses have come together to create this timeless classic. Incidentally this song has been sung by Vani Jayaram who came to the Tamil Movie Industry from Bollywood.
 

Another Comedy Song

This is a comedy song from the movie Thenali starring Kamal Hassan, Jayaram, Jothika, Devyani and others. This song features Kamal dancing with Jothika and Devyani and has been picturized as a dream sequence. The music for the movie was composed by A R Rehman.

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