Back in 2011, a Tamil song that went viral pan India, much before Baahubali did; the song was called ‘Why this Kolaveri di’. Just like its lyrics, the song was heard with a religious vengeance too. A leaked of the version of Dhanush singing the Tanglish lyrics redefined what viral meant, pushing the young, lanky music composer under the spotlight. The song was not a musical masterpiece, but something about the simplicity of ‘Kolaveri’ struck a chord with the audience and that’s the USP of Anirudh. The music composer has an impeccable radar that perfectly catches the pulse of the audience. While many were waiting to see if Anirudh would be a one hit wonder, he backed up Kolaveri with an even better album for his first film, 3. As he celebrates his birthday, here are a few albums that were landmarks in Anirudh’s musical life.
After a dream debut, there was a lot of pressure on Anirudh to perform and Ethirneechal was a perfect answer. The beginning of the Sivakarthikeyan-Anirudh combo, Ethirneechal was produced by Dhanush. The album was an ideal mix of genres; from the anthemish “Ethirneechal adi” to lovely “Velicha poove”.
Another venture from the Dhanush-Anirudh stable, the track established Anirudh as a ‘mass composer’. The raging guitars in the movie effectively amplified Dhanush’s mass image on screen. With the heavy metal influences and the glorifying lyrics, the movie and the album were a rage between the youth; so much that Sean Roldan (who scored music for VIP 2) received a lot of negative feedback due to the constant comparison with Anirudh.
Kaththi officially catapulted Anirudh to the big leagues. Helmed by AR Murugadoss with Vijay as the male lead, the film was Anirudh’s first project with a star hero (Back then, Dhanush had not achieved the superstar image he enjoys now). The young composer came with another neat album that was predominantly in line with the theme of the film, focusing on the youngsters. “Selfie pulla” was an instant hit and so were the other peppy numbers from the soundtrack.
Dhanush-Anirudh combo continued to work their charm with Balaji Mohan’s Maari as well. With its infectious beats, the song “Thara local” became the new Nakku Mukka for kuthu lovers. The breezy “Don-u Don-u” sung by Anirudh, Alisha Thomas and Durga was another raging hit. It further cemented Anirudh’s prowess to belt out chart busters
Naanum Rowdy Thaan
Naanum Rowdy Thaan is Anirudh’s first film with Vignesh Shivn, who had played a role in VIP. Featuring Vijay Sethupathi and Nayanthara for the first time, the film was a huge hit and so were the songs. Let it be the sax-heavy title track “Naanum Rowdy Dhaan”, the melodic “Neeyum Naanum” or the emotional “Kannana Kanne”, the songs captured the various moods of the film precisely.
After Vedhalam, Vivegam is Anirudh’s second venture with Thala Ajith Kumar. The movie revered Ajith and so did the film’s music.
With inspirational anthems to lilting love songs, Vivegam’s soundtrack was the perfect commercial album. “Thalai Viduthalai” and “Suriviva” were chart busters and so was the melodic “Kaadhalada”.