Saturday, November 23, 2002

Illayaraaja pips to the top

In a rather surprising turn of events, Illayaraaja's Rakamma (from Mani Rathnam's 1991 cop-robber bloodfest Dalapathi) topped a worldwide poll for the most popular song on the planet. I can imagine the Japanese, big Rajnikant fans that they are, to be dancing all night in celebration over this. It's hard to believe the fairness of this poll -- electronic booth capturing is a plausible explanation for the poll. After all it's probably only a web cookie that the poll managers used. And who can stop a horde of loyal fans from skewing the results. Poll results must always be taken with a grain of salt (which is tough to do if you agree with the results). On a related note: Anand Milind (regular bulk consumers of Illayaraaja's music) appropriated the song for their Tu tu tu in David Dhawan's doppelganger commercial blockbuster Bol Radha Bol.

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