Exclusive: After listening to Mallipoo, AR Rahman told me I’m sounding better than ever: Madhushree | Tamil Movie News


Singer Madhushree was the voice behind several chartbusters in the 2000s, but was less frequently heard over the past decade. But now, she is back in Kollywood with Mallipoo, AR Rahman’s foot-tapping number in Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu, which has won over fans. Quiz the singer about her absence and she gets philosophical. She laughs and says, “I believe in destiny. Whenever I sing a Tamil song, it becomes a hit. I agree there has been a break, but no complaints. There’s a saying in Hindi: ‘
Daer aaye durust aaye‘. It means, ‘No matter how late, it should be very good’.”

Talking about Mallipoo, she reveals, “It was in the first week of August that I got a call from Rahman ji’s office. When Rahman ji calls, I never ask for which film or in which language I’m going to be singing. He is very special for me. When I came to know it was a Tamil song, and heard the tune, it was really amazing. It was a peppy song, but also beautiful. It was not easy to sing. The pallavi had a lot of variations, progressions, and
harkathe. It took time to record. Whenever I record a Tamil song, I ask for its meaning, and for this song, they told me a situation about a wife yearning for her husband. It was a sad situation, but I was surpised to hear a very energetic tune. I put all my feelings and energy into it when I sang it. Rahman ji was very happy. Thamarai, the lyricist, was also present and she helped me with the pronunciation.”

The singer admits that she often gets typecast with soft songs. “Of course, I’m glad that I got beautiful melodies, but I used to get somewhat classical music-based, high-pitch melodies… Lata ji-style songs. Even my last song, for Baahubali: The Conclusion, which became a superhit, was like this,” she says.

This is why Mallipoo was a pleasant suprise for her. “I was surprised that this one had the vibe of an item song. Rahman ji told me, ‘I want your full throaty voice. I don’t want softness. It is a real peppy song and you should give your full energy.’ After I recorded the song, he told me, ‘Oh, you are sounding better than in previous years. I think your voice is at its best now, so you should sing more.’ I felt like I had won an award,” she gushes.

She’s had a great association with the composer and ask her what’s the magic behind their collaboration, and she explains, “The great thing is he always experiments with my voice. The first time I sang for him was for Saathiya. It was a semi-classical number. Then, in Tehzeeb, I sang ghazals. After that came Kabhi Neem Neem/Sandakozhi, which was a peppy, folk romantic song. After that he called me for soft numbers in Kisna and Rang De Basanti. Then, he made me sing a bhajan in Swades. Later, he gave a peppy number in Sivaji, and a Holi song in Mangal Pandey. So, every time he called me, he never wanted the same style. I was ready for this challenge.”

She recalls how, for Sandakozhi, she had to stay in Chennai for 13 days to record the song because Rahman experimented a lot with her voice on this number.

Madhushree is delighted that VTK’s hero, Silambarasan TR tweeted that Mallipoo was his favourite number in the album. “When I was performing the song at the audio launch, I was excited to see Simbu sir enjoying the number. He is a great personality. I’d love to meet him when I visit Chennai again,” she says.

After the release of the song, the singer says she’s been getting a lot of calls from Chennai, and positive feedback from fans on social media and YouTube. “Artistes are very emotional. It is when we get appreciation that we get more energy,” states the singer, who is now looking forward to her next song, a very romantic soft number titled Rang Rangeli in the upcoming Hindi film Hindutva, which is expected to release by end of this month.



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