Friday, January 13

"Take It Easy Urvasi" 2.0 with crowdsourced lyrics takes off like a rocket Updated 1/16

Update 1/16
The video of the performance posted at YouTube was removed a couple hours ago. The video of the song can be seen at the Indian Express page, below.  

About the song

A.R. Rahman (Wikipedia)


The new version features Rahman with Suresh Peters (who sang with him in the original hit) and composer Ranjit Barot.

Urvasi Urvasi was first composed in 1994 for Shankar’s Kadhalan, starring Prabhudeva and Nagma. The original lyrics were written by Vairamuthu.

The unplugged version, according to Rahman, is aimed to be more contemporary in its references — Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, demonetisation and some puns in Tamil. It has so far garnered more than 1.2 million views on Facebook.


12 January 2016
The Indian Express

Music director A R Rahman who in December put out a Facebook post seeking fan contributions 'Take it easy, Urvasi' version 2.0, put out the new MTV Unplugged song on his Facebook page today.

The song became a huge cult-hit in the 1990s, featured in Tamil film 'Kaadhalan' and Hindi film 'Humse Hai Muqabla'. Starting with the same energy and enthusiasm, the song is entirely in Tamil with witty lyrics just like the original score.

It starts with the historic US elections, "Hillary Clinton thothu pona, take it easy, Urvasi... Donald Trump president aana, take it easy policy." And demonetisation was definitely not spared, "Aiynooru/ ayiram (500/1000) ruba sellama ponal, take it easy policy."

With "Kadalai naduvil battery theerndhal, take it easy policy," Rahman did not forget to address the plight of single men trying their luck with women.
Poking fun at the hole-poked clothing of today, they sing, "Kizhinja pant ah fashion nu sonna, take it easy policy.""


Here's the original version of the song: 

If the choreography and its incredibly energetic 'street sense' remind you of Slumdog Millionaire -- welcome to Bollywood, but Rahman also wrote the score for that film, including the song Jai Ho! for the dance finale.  


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