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‘Kolaveri Di’ becomes a rage

Chennai: If you haven’t heard ‘Kolaveri Di’, you are supposed to be out of sync with the world. The Tamil song with nonsensical lyrics that came out just eight days ago has already notched up up 3,020,014 hits on YouTube and its fan following includes the young and the old, the commoner and the celebrity.

Seldom has any song created such a craze “with over 8.2 M links shared on Facebook in less than a week”, a Sony Music statement said.

“Such is the effect of the song that strangely my two-and-a-half-month-old son slept listening to ‘Kolaveri Di’,” said Janice Goveas, a Mumbai-bassed professional said.

Ths song is sung by Tamil star Dhanush for his film “3”, which is directed by his wife Aishwayra Dhanush.

Not only down south, the craze for the song has caused an all-India frenzy. National TV channels have carried stories about the song’s popularity.

“Kolaveri di…definitely the sleeper song blockbuster of the year!!! Rock on Dhanush!!!,” tweeted Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar.

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan tweeted: “Just heard #Kolaveri after much talk on it… it’s so original and catchy…congrats Dhanush and Aishwarya (Rajni’s daughter).. love”

The composer of the song, 18-year-old Anirudh, is unable to explain the phenomenon it has become, saying: “It’s probably because of the funny, broken English and some amount of musicality, but I cannot really explain beyond a point.”

G. Ravishankar, who is part popular band Zinx led by Anirudh, said: “It is simple and catchy. It captures your imagination. It makes the youth dance and sing instantly.”

The unprecedented success can also be attributed to the clever marketing plan of Sony Music Entertainment India, which has released the single track album.

“We wanted this song to go viral on cyberspace. We marketed aggressively to make the song a national rage, by posting it on Tamil, Hindi and international Facebook pages, apart from releasing it on YouTube. The video accompanying the song was recorded at 2 a.m., and edited on the day of the release,” says Ashok Parwani, associate director, Sony Music Entertainment India.

“Getting 2 million hits on YouTube is a good sign, but our aim is to reach 15 million”, he added.

The song is being broadcast on Hindi FM channels. The song also has the distinction of being the first Tamil song to be premiered on a national music channel, MTV, on Thursday.