Wednesday, April 30, 2014

TALENT UNCONFINED

This talented man entered the industry as a composer but his talent and inquisitiveness has taken him beyond composing, even leading him to the roles of an actor.

Devi Sri Prasad who initially focused on the Telugu film industry, was filled with a dime a dozen offers. His style in one way was unique. His way of putting across peppy rhythms appealed to the audience at large. With ShankarDada MBBS making a release a decade ago, he was surely on the road to success.

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Devi Sri Prasad has made several cameo roles too. Movies worth a mention would include the above mentioned movie, Shankar Dada MBBS. This movie we could say was definitely a lottery win in his career path, making him reach to the audience at large. As an actor, Devi Sri Prasad made an appearance last year too in the movie Ataarinteki Dharedi.

Devi’s talent does not stop with just composing and acting. A wonderful lyricist that he is, he gives a lot of emphasis on the way lyrics is used. He usually pens atleast a single track for the movies that he takes up for composing. One song close to a lot of people’s heart is ofcourse –from the movie Anandam which is Premante emitante.

2014 we hear is pretty packed for this music director as he has many a number to his kitty. We hear there about 5 -6 films waiting to released this year. What is more surprising that we also understood that the busy man is also working on the music that is scheduled to release in 2015 now itself. It is amazing to note that a wonderful talent is going more places.

Raaga.com wishes this talented composer, a gift to the industry a wonderful journey ahead.

Monday, April 28, 2014

INTERLACED SINGING-HARINI

Because of her, there was ‘Nila Kaigiradhu’ in the movie Indira. A new talent was found in 1995, at a tender age of 13, thanks to A.R.Rahman for the brilliant score, Harini was on her way to success. Harini has to her kitty over 2000 notable songs. A plus in her singing is her versatility in terms of adapting to light music and carnatic music which is loved by all the music directors.

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We could even call her a prodigy, she sang another hit ‘TelephoneManipol’ the following year after her hit with ‘Nila Kaigiradhu’. Following this were a series of hit like ‘Manam Virumbuthey Unnai’ and “HelloMr.Ethirkachi’. Her career has been spanning steadily throughout and infact if directors had to rely on a singer for pulling off a high pitched note, they would all opt for this singer undoubtedly.

In 2002, another challenging song that Harini pulled off with ease was the song ‘ Aalankuyil koovum rayil’ from the movie Parthiban Kanavu, composed by Vidyasagar.Harini’s sweet yet husky nature of voice texture is a splendor to listen to.Harini has even sung with great singers of all times like S.P.Balasubramanyam and no other song than ‘Azhagana Ratchasiye’ from the movie Mudhalvan describes this best. What a charming duet!

Another classy yet a light-listen hit is ‘April Maadathil’ from the movie Vaali starring Simran and Ajith. If you had loved the song ‘Thottal Poo malarum’, you would be able to link to the recent version of the same song sung by the singer for the movie New alongside ace singer Hariharan. A sweet melody to soothe one’s ear!

Last year too we heard Harini’s wonderful voice in two movies – Endrendrum Punnagai and Idhu Kathirvelan Kaadhal. The singer ofcourse is a great gift to the industry and we wish her a very happy birthday!

A COMBINATION BEYOND EXCELLENCE

Their combination has worked wonders right from their first movie together – Roja. If one has the power of visualizing beautiful concepts, the other has the magic of adding life through brilliant music. Wondering what we are talking about?  If you thought of A.R.Rahman and Mani Ratnam, you are absolutely right.

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The foundation of understanding was established right at the inception of their coming together thus helping in making sure every movie of theirs together in terms of the music was a hit for sure! Thiruda Thiruda which released in 1993, following Roja needs no introduction. The quality of the background score speaks for itself. Their hatrick hit was with Bombay that released in 1995. The reason for such brilliant outcomes can be that each of the genius inspires the other to go a step further and come up with astounding results.

After the hatrick, there is more to it. The next hatrick we could say was the release of Iruvar, Dil Se and Alaipayuthey. Strong story lines with the apt use of music, there was another feather in the cap in the Indian film industry. The bond between this director and music director ofcourse has volumes to speak.There is not a single film with the duo coming together where we could say we were disappointed in terms of music. Every other movie was a hit. Moreover it is essential to also remember that ManiRatnam infact has released most of his movies in the Hindi language too apart from Tamil, and such is the dedication of Rahman for redoing the tracks in the different language too.

Kannathil Muthammital, Azhutha Ezhuthu are other wonderful hits of the duo. Last year, the movie ‘Kadal’ was released. Although not well accepted in terms of the story, the song tracks made its way to success. What have the duo lined up for us next?

CLASSICAL TUNES – SUDHA RAGHUNATHAN

The recent Sangita Kalanidi Awardee, this carnatic musician is beyond amazing. Her flow in carnatic music can be compared to a river! Such is the placement of her notes – easy flowing and along the course of the rules of the carnatic music. She was bestowed with Padma Shri in 2004 itself.

SudhaRaghunathan has done various stints in the field of carnatic music. She has over a 2000 cd’s/cassettes that have been released under various labels. Sudha’s talent in music was what won her a scholarship to get tutelage under the ace musician Dr.M.L..Vasanthakumari. One pride associated with Sudha that all of us are well aware of is her way of singing the beautiful song ‘Vande Mataram’.Infact she was called to sing the song at the Parliament on its 50 years of completion.

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This Kalaimamani Awardee is also brilliant with her academics. A Master in Economics, she graduated from our very own Ethiraj College in Chennai. Sudha is also one of the most wonderful person who loves to delve into social service and this has made her the Managing Trustee of the ‘Samudhaaya Foundation’.

A versatile singer by nature she has also stepped into the ocean of playback music industry. Her ‘Annul Malae’ was a huge hit amongst the tamil audience from the movie ‘Vaaranam Aayiram’. Another beautiful song to her credit is the theme song from the movie ‘Thavamaai Thavamirundhu’. Sudha Raghunathan has also sung the song ‘Kadhal Periyatha kamam’ from the movie ‘Sattham Podathey’. Although just a handful of songs in the playback industry, she has made a mark here too.

Sudha is also vouched for coming up with innovative concepts in presenting her carnatic rendtitions and also for her partnerships with other stalwarts in exploring the the various nuances of carnatic music as a whole and thus keeping the rich tradition alive.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Birthday to our dear ‘Nightingale of the South’

This lady is definitely gifted with a beautiful voice and she celebrates her birthday today. Kudos to this lady who still at this age has a strong passion for music. Popularly known as the Nightingale of the South, S.Janaki has sung more than 23,000 songs!! Isn’t that just amazing? One can say it is a record of its own altogether that not many singers have cracked.

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Her ‘Inji Iduppuazhaga’ is just one of those songs which even as time passes cannot be replaced with any other song. Her voice by itself is very unique and her pitch ofcourse is wonderful. As everyone would be aware, Janaki is one of those talented singers who can manipulate her voice to various tones – even to that of a child to a young lady, to an old man as well!!

This talent store has won many a awards and ofcourse she totally deserves all of them. Her first national award although is worth a mention which she bagged for the song ‘Senthoora poove’ from the movie 16 vayathinile. The lyrics and the tone of her voice blended perfectly well making it one of the best songs of the era.

She was bestowed with ‘Kalamamani’ honour way back in the late 1980’s. She is one singer we can confidently say is ‘the singer of the century’. Her humble attitude is loved by all music directors including A.R.Rahman of this era who made sure he used her voice to the best in the song ‘Margazhi thingal allava’ in the movie ‘Sangamam’. Well our Ulaganayagan and Superstar could not have romanced their heroines if not for this lady who has been the reason behind some of their best duet numbers.

Janaki although aged, has depicted pure passion for music and is infact very keenon training youngsters. She does her best by giving valuable tips to youngsters on reality shows even now. Such is the levels of her commitment! We wish this lovely lady a very happy birthday!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

‘MADISAAR’–A BEAUTIFUL ATTIRE

Haven’t we always seen many madisaar mami’s in our tamil film songs? Haven’t they all always left an impact on the audience? Is it the costume? Is the the way the song is picturised?  Or is it the way the song and these madisar maami’s that make us dance? Time to find out!

Well rewinding a few decades, Vietnam Veedu movie released in the year 1970. The song ‘Palaghatu pakathile’ made a huge hit. Sung by TM.Sounderarajan and Susheela , the Sivaji Padmini combo was admired in the traditional veshti- madisar look.  A song which released before this was ‘Aduthhathu ambujatha’, from the movie Ethirneechal which released in the year 1968. We see Sowcar Janaki totally doing justice to a ‘brahmin’ look. Moreover the lyrics of the song add to the ambience that we exoect out of this song.

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Moving ahead, our Thalaivar has also contributed to this look. Wondering which song? Have you seen the song ‘Maadathile kanni’ from the movie Veera? A brilliant composition by Raja Sir, with Swarnalatha and S.P.B singing the leads, we see Rajini and Meena looking traditional in the attire. Talking about Rajini, how can we forget the Ulaganayagan Kamal Haasan? Kamal Haasan and Urvashi in ‘Sundari Neeyum’ strikes our mind immediately. A classic hit from the movie Michaelmadhana kamarajan, we see Urvashi dressed in ‘Madiar’ throughout the song. What is also worth remembering at this point is that we saw Kamal Hassan in a ‘Madisar’ in the movie Avvai Shanmugi. Well the song – ‘Rukku Rukku Are baba rukku’ springs up in our heads now, doesn’t it?

A song with the name of the attire itself is here!! – Well the song is ofcourse ‘ Madisaar katindu vandhaale maharani’ from Villadhi Villan starring Sathyaraj and Radhika which hit the screens in 1995.

Ofcourse to suit the recent trend we had ‘Ennatha Solvenungo’ from the movie Sivakasi. A peppy number that it is, Asin and Vijay seem to e rocking the song. Ofcourse Asin was appreciated for her dancing in the movie admist wearing the ‘Madisar

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

WHAT’s YOUR ‘AASAI’?

Don’t we all have a liking for something in our life? Don’t we all wish for something that we like? This kind of emotion is human and all of us go through at one point or the other. This in Tamil may be called ‘Aasai padardhu’. Having an ‘aasai’ for someone, something etc is very common and the word has been used many a times in many Tamil songs. Here is a brief look into some songs that have the word ‘aasai’ in them.

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One melodious number that quickly comes to anyone’s mind is the song ‘Aasai Aasaiipoyuthu peraasai’ from the movie ‘Dhool’ starring Vikram and Jothika for which Vidyasagar set the tune. Another unforgettable number is the song ‘Aasaiyakaathula thoodhu vittu’. The song not only became popular for the catchy rhythm pattern but also for the wonderful visuals from the movie Johnny. With the music composed by Illaiyaraja, the song was sung by S.P.Shailaja.

Aasaiyealaipola’ from the movie Thai pirandhal vazhi pirakum is an interesting listen considering the amount of philosophical thought that has gone in penning down the lyrics; thanks to Kaviyarasu Kannadasan.

The new generation would ofcourse be able to relate better to this song considering we have grown up listening to A.R.Rahman. Yes, if ‘Chinna china Aasai’ crossed your mind, you hit a bingo! This song from the movie Roja became extremely famous; the simple song structure does have something catchy about it. The lyrics undoubtedly also seemed pretty easy for any music lover to keep humming.

Well if there are some small wishes, they are also of hundred kinds, isn’t it? And which song fits this thought perfectly? Isn’t it the song ‘Aasai nooru vagai’ from the movie Adutha Varisu. Yet another song bringing out some harsh reality, the song ofcourse is a fun listen too.

Its Drive Time-Melodies For The Road!

If we all notice keenly, car’s have always been used to convey a racy theme or even as a wonderful location to bring out the closeness of two lovers.

The first song any person belonging to this generation would associate with is ‘Ennaikonjam maatri’ from Kaakha Kaakha. The beautiful chemistry unspoken in picturized in their car journey. Thanks to the jeep trend, we also saw a similar love chemistry happen in the song ‘Odo Odo Ododi Pore’n from the movie Kanden kaathalai starring bharath and Tamannah.


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PudhukottaiSaravana from the movie titled the same has the song where see Dhanush and Aparna Nair travelling throughout in a car. Not only these songs bring out the variety cars but ofcourse the variety of locations too. One song to prove this is ‘Poi Solla Poren’ from Thiruttupayale where we see the actors on an open top BMW car and that too in Australia!!

Thanks to the fast vehicle that it is, a car as a means of transport is always used for racy title songs too. One such song is ‘Arjunar Villu, Harichandran Sollu’ from Gilli. Likewise in the movie Bheema we see all the actors on a shooting spree in the song ‘Oru mugamo,iru mugamo’.

When it comes to friendship also a car of a higher end is prefereed and that is exactly what we see in Saroja ‘Dosth bada dosth’ an SUV made to look like a van, making their journey together a memorable one.

Thus a car in a song sequence has also portrayed its significance,be it a chase or a romantic duet. Imagine these songs without a car? Wonder how they would look to the audience?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ‘GUDDI’ GIRL

We are sure that the Big B household is going to be celebrating with a lot of pomp as the lady of the house is celebrating her birthday today! Jaya Bachchan no doubt holds a soft corner in many people’s heart. No doubt she is also one of the finest actress in the country.

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Jayabachchan was first seen in the movie Mahanagar in the year 1963. But the movie that actuallu gave her a break was her second film titled Guddi for which she was widely appreciated for her perfect portrayal of the character.She was also nominated for the Filmfare best actress for this film.

Thanks to Bansi Birju which brought her together with her future husband, the chemistry began blossoming to a beautiful marriage. If one has to name a path breaking movie of her career it would ofcourse be Sholay which bossted her career path.

The actress who will turn 66 this year, we can say has definitely been through the ups and downs in her life. As a dutiful wife, she has always been with AmitabhBachchan throughout. And needless to say, she has also fulfilled her duty or rather the role of a mother with ease. 

JayaBachchan we could say is one of the heroines who keeps herself away from all the politics of the industry. Not many are aware that Jaya Bacchan has infact received about 9 Filmfare awards as the best actress. Also a winner of the Padma Shri award that was given to her way back in 1992 itself, she aslso has to her credit the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award. On this birthday, our hearty wishes to you to reach greater laurels.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

PRAY, CELEBRATE, WELCOME THE ALMIGHTY

As we celebrate Rama Navami today, the spirits in the country is as high as the sky, if one were to make a comparison. This day signifies the birthday of his Highness to King Dasaratha. The way it is celebrated differs across region to region. In some places, the devotees fast or restrict themselves to a specific diet in accordance to the VedaDharma. It is considered holy to read the Ramayana today. Some even chant the Hanuman Chalisa over and over again. In many places, there is also a special Rath yathra drawn, where the people drawing the chariot are also dressed up as the characters appearing the epic.

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Not many are aware of our scripture that emphasizes a lot of the Rama Rajya – a rare period of peace bestowed on the King.This festival is also celebrated to commemorate the birth of Sri Rama who is remembered for his flourishing and virtuous supremacy.

Talking about Rama, one composer who comes to our mind is ofcourse Thyagaraja. He has written countless compositions in varius ragams praising the Lord.  ‘Marukelara O’ Raghava’ in the ragam Jayantashree is ofcourse one of the most wonderful compostioins. ‘Seethamma Maayamma’ is yet again a brilliant one in the ragam Vasanta describes and brings to light the various life aspects of the Lord.

Rama bhajans sung during this time is also considered as the best offering or rather prayer to the God. One popular bhajan ofcourse could be ‘Shri Raamachandra kripalo bhajamana’ which is very famous through out India. Jagjit Singh contributed his share by making ‘Hey Ram Hey Ram’ a very popular one, which has wonderful lyrics, where every devotee is pictured to be surrendering himself in full to the Almighty. It is believed to give all the devotees peace while chanting the ‘Ram Nam’.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Happy Birthday to the new daddy in town!

One of the biggest stars of Tollywood who was blessed with a baby boy just two days ago, Allu Arjun celebrates his birthday today. Allu Arjun entered into the industry a little more than a decade back and ofcourse he did not need even a 3 years to make it big in the industry. His first hit was Arya which released in 2004 directed by Sukumar. With Devi Sri Prasad composing scores for this song, one cannot not expect a hit! Ofcourse, one can say the history was rewritten and records broken where Arya 2 was released by the same director.Well we are ofcourse not forgetting the track ‘Ringa Ringa’ which made a whooping success all over the country. Be it any sangeet, to college functions to anything close to fun, this song is the firs choice anyone wants to shake a leg to. Such is the impact the powerful beats of this song creates.

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With atleast a 20 films to his credit, Allu Arjun is ofcourse the heart throb for all girls following the Telugu Film Industry closely. The movie Julayi was where he acted with the slim and trim Ileana, also famously known as the ‘Idipu Azhagi’ in the Kollywood Town. Another hit was ofcourse Vedam where he was seen sharing the screen with Anushka. His role in the movie Badrinath that released in 2011 starring Tamanaah as the female lead received a lot of constructive criticism as well.

AlluArjun has been lauded by many for his powerful acting and commendable role enacting techniques and is ofcourse a favourite for many directors.With Race Gurram set to releasing this April, Allu Arjun has more hopes and more happiness coming his way this birthday. Raaga.com wishes the star a very happy birthday.

THE MAN WHO MADE HIS MUSIC SPEAK

Pandit Ravi Shankar needs no introduction! The sitar maestro whose 94th birth anniversary falls today was known to all as the ‘godfather of world music’. Raaga.com pays tribute to this gem today.

RaviShankar acknowledged as the global ambassador of Indian classical music, learned sitar from his guru Allaudin Khan. Thanks to the wonderful training, Ravi Shankar soon became the music director of the All India Radio, New Delhi radio station. During his tenure, he composed various pieces merging classical and western instrumentation.

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The twice Grammy Award winner passed away on the 11th of December, 2012 in San Diego, California losing fight to some respiratory and heart ailments.  Ravi Shankar is the brain behind some wonderful compositions like

RaviShankar was also known for his distinct style of music. His concert pattern infact influenced many of his contemporaries too. His performances always began with a solo alap, jor, and jhala (introduction and performances with pulse and rapid pulse) influenced by the slow and serious dhrupad genre, followed by a section with tabla accompaniment featuring compositions associated with the prevalent khyal style. He often closed his performances with a piece inspired by the light-classical thumri genre.

Ravishankar is the reason behind the creation of now popular raagams – ‘Nat Bhairavi’ ,’Purvi kalyan’ , ‘Aahir Lalit’ ‘Charu kauns’. Such is the brilliance of music imbibed in him! One can say it was Ravishankar who took Hindustani Music to a global level. Not many know that Ravi Shankar bagged the prestigious Oscar nomination for his score in the film Gandhi by Richard Attenborough. 

The documentary on Pandit Ravi Shankar titled ‘Raga’ and shot by Howard Worth was released in 1971; which ofcourse is worth a watch. The man whose records can never be re-written, he remains immortal and his music never fails to melt our hearts.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

THE PASSING ‘CLOUDS’

Don’t we all love watching the clouds? ‘Cloud watching’ infact remains a favourite pastime for many of us. The passing of the clouds and silently gazing at it always takes us to a whole new world, making us forget our worries. The beauty of the transcending clouds is priceless. One must always make time to enjoy such pleasures of nature. Clouds – ‘megam’ in Tamil have been used in many songs in the lyrics. Here is a quick look at few songs.

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One catchy song that comes to our mind is ‘Megam Kottatum’ from the movie  Enakkul oruvan. We see the Ulaganayagan doing some wonderful movies there. This song was a hit form this movie. Kamal Haasan and megam reminds us of another song from his other movie – Punnagai Mannan, one of the best made films by Balachander. In this movie there is a song called ‘vaan megam’ where the heroine – Revathy is seen dancing in the rain.

When there is rain, obviously there is a sign before. The sign comes in the form of dark clouds and this song ‘Megam karukudhu’ from the movie  Kushi tells us exactly that. With jothika doing some easy dancing for the song, the song captured the attention of all. A beautiful song on ‘megam’ is also ‘ ‘Megame megame’ from the movie Paalaivanacholai with Vani Jayaram singing the lead for this song.

Recent movies that had ‘megam’ in the lyrics would be the song ‘Megame oh megame’ a beautiful number in the movie Madraspattinam, sung by many including M.S.V too.

Many a times there is an attribution of the clouds with the woman too and a classic example would be ‘Venmegam penaaga uruvanatho’ from the movie Yaaradi nee mohini. Although a sober number, there was something catchy about the tune that many of us could associate with.

Friday, April 4, 2014

KOLLYWOOD CONNECT : ROOP KUMAR RATHOD

A man with no knowledge of Tamil before but has been churning out some of the most beautiful romantic numbers.

Did’nt we all go gaga over the song – ‘venmathi venmathiye nillu..nee vanathamegathukku sollu’ ? Apart from Maddy doing his bit to make this song a success, there is ofcourse credits due to the singer who brought in wonderful emotions through the rendition, and that ofcourse goes to Roop kumar Rathod. With some effortless singing put forth, not many even kniow until today that he is the one who sang this song. Reclining more towards the Bollywood side, Roop KumarRathod is one of the most amazing singers in India today.

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Another one of his songs that commands some touching emotions, evoking the deepest emotions in us would be ‘Pookal pookum tharunam’ from the movie Madrasapattinam. This song one could say is a well – structured song in terms of the visuals too. A duet with one of the leading female singers – harini, this song is wonderful listen at any time of the day. The usage of instruments is par excellence in this song, credits to G.V.Prakash Kumar who is the music director of the movie.

Other wonderful songs that we could add to this man’s kitty would be from the movie Ninaithale which released in the year 2007. Although not a very great hit, the movie did its share of small rounds. Roop kumar rathod sang the song ‘Anandam Anandam’  in this movie.  He is also the voice behind the other beautiful number from the movie – ‘kakkai siraginile’. With music composed by Vijay Antony in this movie, one can expect a difference in the tone of the songs.

Roopkumar Rathod has also sung a number in the recent entrant – ‘Nedunchaalai’. The track titled ‘Injathea’, this is a duet with ace singer Madhushree.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIMRAN!

The lady made everyone ask for ‘once more’! Wondering why? With her entry in the Tamil film industry in the movie ‘Once more’ with Ilayathalapathy Vijay, Simran was the most sought after heroine for over a decade. This top actress of the Tamil film industry at one point had over 5 films releasing in the same year.  Her acting was well appreciated for the movie Nerukku NerNatpukkaga in her entry levels. What gave her a wonderful break was ofcourse S.J Surya’s Vaali. Her role commanded the pace of the movie. With brilliant acting showcased, she managed to capture the attention of famous directors in the industry too. Be it a glam doll, or a obedient wife, Simran plays it all with ease. She assumed the role of a wife in Priyamanavale and was lauded for her mature acting.

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Simran ofcourse is also known for her wonderful dancing abilities. ‘Altota bhupathi’ could not have been a hit if not for Simran shaking a leg there!  Similarly the song ‘Calcutta pan’ was a hit where she made a special appearance too. If we had to name one of her contributions as outstanding, it would be her role for the movie Kovil patti Veeralakshmi. Infact Simran was even nominated for a Filmfare Award for this role particularly. After taking a quick sabbatical post her wedding, she was welcomed back with extended hands in the industry. Her portrayal as ‘Malini’ in the movie Vaaranam Aayiram suited the maturity she exhibited in her acting. Infact ‘Mundinam parthene’,apart from the brilliant vocals also became a hit also because of the wonderful settings we see the actors romance in this song.

A woman with extreme talents, Simran has always portrayed perfection in terms of dancing, emotions being brought out through her characters. We wish the actress a very happy birthday.