Simran Thirai, a tele series featuring Simran is a pretty unique attempt. The next 12 months, as I know, will feature Simran in 12 different stories, one new story each month.
Why am I blogging about it? I have sung the title song in this series, a Ramesh Vinayagam composition.
I still remember the time when I met him first, when he called me to sing for his movie University. I couldn't sing on that day as I had lost my voice, but mom told me to go to the studio, meet him in person and express my inability to sing. He asked me why I had to go all the way to the studio, when I was unwell. At that time we lived in Thiruvanmiyur, and the studio was about 17 kilometers from my then house. Thereafter the song I sang next was in Nala Damayanti. One of my most favourite songs and I was extremely happy that I got to sing this one. And the recording sessions were hilarious. Ramesh anna made me sing this song on different days, as somewhere in between I made my trip to Sri Lanka for a concert. One of the chief issues then was that I had "love" feel missing in my singing. He kept tripping on me. Around that time I had done a three hour call-in programme on Raj TV, where they asked me what my dream guy was like.. I said I would love a Punjabi, who was tall, a veggie, a teetotaler, non smoker and all that.. I had a fascination for them because a lot of my friends at that time were Punjabis. I love the way they live their lives, the Mehmaan Nawaazi, the food, their love for music and dance, the respect towards elders, love for their language and people in general, and their hearts. Generally the way they live life to the fullest.
Ramesh anna seemed to have seen that interview and another session happened at Rajeev Menon's office. He said there are a lot of Punjabi guy's pictures coming in, so he said he ll bring some to the studio so that I could see them and get some "feel" happening.. Or I could choose to fall in love with the recording engineer, Lawrence, who he claimed was half Punjabi and half Iyengar. That was complete blah of course. But at that time both Lawrence and I were embarrassed to no end.
Thereafter I sang a couple of songs for Ramesh anna for Bharathiyaar vizha, a couple of his compositions for Bharatiyaar's poetry.
And now Simran Thirai
He asked me to try and sound different than usual, I tried my best. The song is mindblowing, and I am glad I got to sing for Simran again. I think after Kannathil Muthamittaal and New this would be the third song I am singing for her. The video is shot super well, I happened to see it when the Pyramid Saimira team, the producers, came home to shoot a video byte on what I thought about the song and etc.
Simran Thirai will be telecast starting tomorrow, 03-03-2008, On Jaya TV 8:30 PM IST, and the curtain raiser is at 7 PM tonight on Jaya TV. I ll try to catch some bytes form the TV and post it here. Until then watch this space.. :)