2004 - A Retrospective
As the year comes to a close, here is a brief look back at the songs and films that entertained us.
2004 started off with two albums that were praised by critics: Virumandi
by Ilayaraja and KangaLaal kaidhu sei
by A.R.Rahman. Virumandi went on to become a commercial success, while KKS probably ended the career of Bharathiraja for a while. Both IR and ARR didn't hit the lofty heights of these albums for the rest of the year, though ARR had commercial success with 'New'.
Virumandi had many short numbers and a couple of good full-length songs: 'saNdiyarE' and 'onnai vida'. Kamal sang most of the songs and even penned 'onnai vida'. Here's the song: http://www.dhool.com/sotd2/352.html
KKS had a breezy song by Hariharan (azhagiya Cindrella), a slow duet by Chitra Sivaraman and Karthik and a fast, different number by Harini, probably her best rendition so far. My pick of the album was this beautiful song by Unni Menon and Chinmayee, 'ennuyir thOzhiyE': http://www.dhool.com/sotd2/347.html
There was a lot of expectation from Vidyasagar-Thangar Bachaan team for the film 'Thendral
'. It was the first time TB went to VS from IR. I liked the songs from Thendral. The album went largely unnoticed because the film was a huge flop. The album had good songs like 'pachchaik kiLi' and 'puththam puthu paattu vandhaa' which was featured here: http://www.dhool.com/sotd2/366.html
One of the biggest hits of the year was Cheran's Autograph
. The album, composed by Bharatwaj, became a hit because of the film. The song that got maximum air time was 'gnaabagam varuthE' ( http://www.dhool.com/sotd2/397.html
) that someone commented that it was like a glorified nursery rhyme.
ARR's Ayutha ezhuththu
had a lot of hype and was targeted towards a national audience. The film flopped and brought down the album with it. ARR sang 'Jana gana mana' (http://www.dhool.com/sotd2/410.html
) in a Sun TV programme with a piano - I remember that freewheeling unplugged version more than the song itself.
The biggest loss to the TFM industry this year was Mahesh
. After a brave battle, he succumbed to cancer. His final albums were P.C.Sriram's vaanam vasappadum
and Janaki Viswanathan's kanavu meippada vENdum
. Ramya Krishnan sang this song that was a throwback to the early years of TFM, thaazham poovE vaadaa: http://www.dhool.com/sotd2/433.html
. kanavu meippada vENdum received good reviews from the critics, while vaanam vasappadum was a washout. The album had a few melodious numbers, including 'kaNgaL theeNdi' by Hariharan and Sujatha: http://www.dhool.com/sotd2/421.html
The commercial hits in the summer were Vidyasagar's Gilli
, Bharatwaj's Vasool Raja MBBS
and ARR's New
. They all had fast-paced songs tailor made for the masses. appadip pOdu pOdu pOdu was played in the airwaves non-stop.
Yuvan Shankar Raja made his mark with 7/G, Rainbow Colony
. The film and the album were big hits. The songs and the Background music fitted the film well. 7/G Rainbow Colony proved to be the sleeper hit of the year. Here is 'ninaithu ninaithu' by Shreya Ghoshal: http://www.dhool.com/sotd2/464.html
A newcomer, Jassie Gift, made the biggest splash in malayalam industry in eons with his 'lajjavathiyE' in 4 the people. The film was remade into thamizh as 4 students
and lajjavathiyE became a hit song in TFM as well: http://www.dhool.com/sotd2/472.html
Among hit films this fall, Harris Jayaraj scored one with ChellamE
. With good performances from Reema Sen and Bharat, the film was appreciated critically and commercially. HJ will probably be in the limelight next year with Shankar's Anniyan. Here is a song that went unnoticed from chellamE: http://www.dhool.com/sotd2/483.html
Vidyasagar scored again with the film Sathurangam
. The album was released in October, but the film is yet to see the light of day. The album is one of the best this year. It will probably get more attention as the film makes its run at the box office next year. Here is 'vizhiyum vizhiyum' sung by Madhu Balakrishnan and Harini: http://www.dhool.com/sotd2/520.html
We finally end with the last hit of the year, Kaadhal
. Composed by a newcomer, Joshua Sridhar, 'thottu thottu' from this film was featured in SOTD yesterday: http://www.dhool.com/sotd2/554.html
Here are my picks this year:
Best album of the year: 7/G, Rainbow Colony.
Best song of the year: ninaithu ninaithu from 7/G Rainbow Colony.
Best male singer of the year: Madhu Balakrishnan, vizhiyum vizhiyum from Sathurangam.
Best female singer of the year: Harini, thee kuruyivaal from KangaLaal kaidhu sei.
Best newcomer of the year: Joshua Sridhar, Kaadhal.
Best picturized song of the year: onnai vida from Virumandi.
More songs of 2004 in SOTD: http://www.dhool.com/sotd2/catlist.php?catid=16