The Mozart of Madras knows how to get internet crazy! The newer and contemporary version of his famous song of the 90s, “Urvasi Urvasi” took the audience on the internet by storm yesterday. He did a re-imagination of Urvasi, more than two decades later, and unveiled the new version of the song on Facebook on Wednesday, and the result was – more than 1.2 million views in just a few hours. He has tried to give Urvasi a more contemporary feel in its references. From demonetization to Hilary Clinton to Trump and some puns in Tamil, the song has it all.
Last month, A.R Rahman asked his fans for suggestions for the lyrics of this new unplugged version of Urvasi. And suggestions just couldn’t stop coming. The original song had references from everyday issues like working on a Sunday and not having a pretty woman sitting next to you in a bus, this rejigged version also have references of contemporary issues like lost relevance of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes, Hillary Clinton’s defeat by Donald Trump in the US elections and daily issues like torn jeans as a fashion symbol. The lyrics could not have been more catchier and witty.
Coming to the music, saying it’s fabulous is an understatement. We love the original Urvasi, and this one lives up to the standard of the original. What is distinct in this unplugged version is an Arabic touch and an intense use of bongo. The use of xylophone will take you back to the Urvasi of 1993. The beatboxing inputs by Suresh Peters and the claps by the choir adds a unique touch to the song. The vocals by Rahman and fellow singer Suresh Peters (who sang with him in the original hit too) transports listeners to a different zone altogether. This new version is composed by Ranjit Barot. The lyrics of the original song was written by Vairamuthu and composed by Rahman in 1994 for Shankar’s Kadhalan, starring Prabhudeva and Nagma. A Hindi version of the song was also released in the film Hum Se Muqabala.