Tamil movie songs have been glorifying relationships for a long time and friendship is one of them. From the iconic Andha naal to En friend a pola yaaru, the songs are still loved by many and played again and again by friends of different age groups.
Here is a list of popular friendship songs in Tamil:
Andha naal, Uyarddha Manithan (1968): Shot with two veteran actors Sivaji Ganesan and Major Sundarrajan, this number has a certain childlike innocence and preserved charm. Directed by Krishnan-Panju, it was Sivaji Ganesan’s 125th film, as an actor. Did you know SJ Suryah and Amitabh Bachchan were set to team up in a movie with the same name?
On Twitter a few years ago, Big B wrote a post expressing his admiration for Sivaji. “I made my first Hindi film in the South, which was a remake of a Sivaji Ganesan film ‘Kai Kodutha Deivam’, and the amount of trouble I had during its making, not even being able to reach a inch of the work that was done by Sivaji in the original. Further on, he added, “I never stopped touching his feet after every meeting. He was associated with the extraordinary talent of Savithri, his leading lady; an exceptional artist, as we no longer see him today.
Nanbane enadhu uyir nanbane, Sattam (1983): Best friends Raja (Kamal Haasan) and Ravi (Sarath Babu) are in love with Radha (Madhavi). This creates differences between the two. When Raja needs Ravi’s help, Ravi demands a high price from Radha to save him. This renowned song arrives in the first half of Sattam and establishes the closeness between the main characters. This one is the remake of the Hindi movie, Dostana, which starred Amitabh Bachchan in the lead.
Kaatukuyilu, Thalapathi (1991): In Mani Ratnam’s gripping tale of Mahabharata, Mammootty played the gifted Devaraj. The 1991 film is perhaps known for one of Rajinikanth’s best performances as an actor, but Mammootty was equally superb.
Mustafa Mustafa, Kadhal Desam (1996): A song that has remained unmatched in popularity for two decades, a staple Rahman favorite at any gig, and one that echoes his astonishing arrival on the Indian music scene in the 1990s. The Oscar-winning composer told the Hindu, “When I compose, I usually use dummy lyrics and use the word ‘Mustafa’ for the opening melody. Lyricist Vaali liked it and suggested we keep it. ” Rahman went on to say, “Mustafas abound in my life…I have known my friend Aslam Mustafa for 35 years. There is another Mustafa, a Singaporean friend. This is a common name that came to my mind. mind working on this number.”
Eswara, Kannethire Thondrinal (1998): The family’s opposition to a couple coming together forms the basis of this standard love story. Directed by Ravichandran, the film starred Prashanth, Simran, Karan, Srividya and others. Deva’s album became a rage around this time, and Salomia was the most popular among the rest of the songs. A young man falls in love with his best friend’s sister but decides to sacrifice his love to make his friendship more valuable. When the girl’s brother learns of his friend’s sacrifice, he gives the couple his blessing!
Thozha thozha, Pandavar Bhoomi (2001): Dhanasekar hires an engineer to rebuild his ancestral home. When he falls in love with Dhanasekar’s niece, Dhanasekar recounts the past of his family, who change their minds to sacrifice their love. If you can imagine a movie with a story that has a solid foundation and a flowing script, it would be like Pandavar Bhoomi. Director Cheran presented a lovely love story mixed with the intimate relationships that reign in a close-knit family.
Manase Manase, April Maadhathil (2002): Written and directed by newcomer Stanley, the film starred Srikanth, Sneha, Gayatri Jayaraman, Venkat Prabhu, Devan and Karunas, among others. The title is inspired by a song by Vaali, directed by SJ Suryah. Young hearts beat, fall and stumble in love to make it last forever in this film, with music by Yuvan Shankar Raja.
Oru Nanban Irundhal, Enakku 20 Unakku 18 (2003): Sridhar and Preeti meet in Mumbai and develop a liking for each other but break up without exchanging any information. However, they start looking for each other in Chennai. The romantic comedy, written and directed by Jyothi Krishna, starred Tarun Kumar, Trisha and Shriya Saran, in the lead roles.
Yaaro, Chennai 28 (2007): In an interview with a major English daily, filmmaker Venkat Prabhu provided some interesting information. “For the song Yaaro, I gave Kozhi Koovuthu’s ‘Yedho Mogam’ as a reference. If you hum both songs (old and new), they will sound very similar.” The film chronicles the events that took place in the Mandaveli-RA Puram area of Chennai (PIN code 600028) where the director resides. Producer SP Charan and the director share a long-standing friendship, and their film’s music is naturally an ode to natpu (friendship).
Taxi Taxi, Sakkarakatti (2008): Yuvraj and Deepali’s relationship goes through several challenges when Yuvraj’s cousin Reema who loves Yuvraj tries to interfere in their lives. Sakkarakatti marks the first project of K Bhagyaraj’s son, Shanthnu. Initially, AR Rahman was reluctant to compose the music for it, citing that he was busy with other projects, but eventually ended up signing it. Taxi Taxi has lyrics by BlaaZe, Na Muthukumar, Vivek Chaix and was sung by BlaaZe, Benny Dayal, Javed Ali and Vivian.
Dosth bada dosthu, Saroja (2008): This film, which takes its name from the hit song Saroja Saman Nikalo from Venkat Prabhu’s debut film, Chennai 600028, manages to be an almost perfect blend of friendship, banter, suspense, thrills, action and of a logical scenario triumphing over all the rest. Saroja follows the journey of four young men who travel from Chennai to Hyderabad to watch a cricket match. Due to a traffic accident, they are forced to deviate from the main road to arrive on time. This leads them to a gang who has kidnapped a schoolgirl, Saroja, the only daughter of a millionaire.
Nanbanai paartha, Ninaithale Inikkum (2009): Directed by GNR Kumaravelan, it is a remake of the 2006 Malayalam film, Classmates. Prithviraj reprises her role from the original. Also featuring Shakthi Vasu, Priyamani, Karthik Kumar, Anuja Iyer, Vishnu Priyan, K Bhagyaraj and Manobala, the songs were composed by Vijay Antony. It was produced by Gemini Film Circuit and distributed by Sun Pictures. This title was inspired by the director of K Balachander, which starred Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Jayaprada and Geetha. The story, which was written by Sujata, was simultaneously shot in Telugu as Andamaina Anubhavam. Much of the original was filmed in Singapore and was dubbed into Hindi as Pyara Tarana.
Manasellam Unnidam, Kulir 100° (2009): Director Anita Udeep goes to great lengths to simulate teenage life, but he seems to skip to the next scene before a storyline can be fully explored, leaving you unsatisfied. In the end, the result is rather mediocre. The only consolation is the cool visuals and songs. The film starred Sanjeev and Riya Bamniyal while Thalaivasal Vijay, Adithya Menon, Karthik Sabesh and Rohit Rathod played supporting roles. The music was composed by debutant Bobo Shashi with editing by B Lenin. It is said that Kulir 100° was inspired by a Swedish movie, called Evil.
In Friend a pola yaaru Machan, Nanban (2012): It was a critically acclaimed film and a commercial success in its Hindi version (3 Idiots). A story about the bonds and friendship of three friends, and the importance of chasing your dreams. Remaking a successful film in another language is a difficult task for any director. However, Shankar deserves credit for capturing the essence and soul of the original in his first Tamil remake. The story moves back and forth in time as two friends, Senthil and Venkat (Jiiva and Srikanth), go in search of their friend Paari (Vijay), who disappeared shortly after graduation.