Tamil Song Of The Day

SOTD: A Week Of Stars Singing Their Hellos


That the World has a ‘Hello’ day is something this writer learned just this week. But the true significance of a day such as this can be summed up by the sheer number of songs that begin with ‘Hello’. It’s not only Lionel Richie or Adele who thought of this salutation as a nice way to begin a song. Way way back, our Tamil lyricists did it, all before it was cool to do so. In honour of ‘World Hello Day’, here’s a super cool song that will have you at ‘Hello’.

Hello Hello En Kadhala‘ – Villain

Year – 2002

Music Composer – Vidyasagar

Singer – Tippu, Sadhana Sargam

Starring – Ajith Kumar, Meena, Kiran Rathod

Director – KS Ravi Kumar

Yet another love triangle, this one featuring Meena and Kiran Rathod, who vie for the affections of a chubby Ajith Kumar in faux leather.

Hello Mr Kadhala‘ – Naam Iruvar Namakku Iruvar

Year – 1998

Music Composer – Karthik Raja

Starring – Prabhudeva, Meena, Jayaram, Maheshwari

Director – C Sundar

Prabhu Deva is caught in an unlikely love triangle made up of actresses Meena and Maheshwari.

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Udit Narayan and Anuradha bite and chew their way through Palani Bharathy’s lyrics. Thankfully enough, the song had enough ‘Hello’s’ in them to offer some respite.

Hello My Dear Wrong Number‘ – Manmatha Leelai

Year – 1976

Music Composer – MS Viswanathan

Starring – Kamal Haasan, Jayaprada, Radha Ravi

Director – K Balachander

Lyricist – Kannadasan

An upbeat musical number from MS Viswanathan that accurately captures the highs and lows of starting a phone romance with a ‘wrong number’.

‘Hello Mister Ethirkatchi’ – Iruvar

Year – 1997

Music Composer – AR Rahman

Starring – Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Mohanlal, Prakash Raj, Tabu, Revathy, Nasser.

Director – Mani Ratnam

Lyricist – Vairamuthu

Aishwarya wears a spangly green dress in this jazz number that takes us back in time to Casablanca. At least, that’s what we like to think.

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