Kadhalan (soundtrack)

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Soundtrack album by A.R.Rahman
Released 1994
Recorded Panchathan Record Inn
Chennai, India
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 34:50
Label Pyramid
Producer A.R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
May Madham
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Planet Bollywood 4/4 stars [1]

Kadhalan is the soundtrack to the 1994 Tamil film of the same name, directed by Shankar. The soundtrack, released as Kadhalan: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, features 9 songs composed by A. R. Rahman and lyrics penned by Vairamuthu, Vaali, Shankar and Thirikudarasappa Kavirayar.[2] Owing to the immense national popularity of the song Mukkabla, the soundtrack was subsequently dubbed in Hindi as Humse Hai Muqabala and in Telugu as Premikudu. Lyrics for this versions were written by P. K. Mishra and Rajashri respectively.


While the entire soundtrack was a runaway hit, one song Mukkabla caught the imagination of the entire nation, never mind if the song was in Tamil. Muqabla became the flavour of the year. The song was played at every club, disco, restaurant, marriage hall and street corner across the country and went down in Indian movie history as one of the most popular songs of all time. There was not a soul in the country who was neither dancing to it or humming it. With this song Rahman became a nationally recognised figure. The song was plagiarised freely by Bombay's tunesmiths and nearly a dozen versions of the song were churned out, a feat that earned 'Muqabla' and Rahman a place in the Limca Book of Records, the Indian equivalent of the Guinness Book of Records.[3]

This soundtrack cemented the popularity of A. R. Rahman and earned him national acclaim. New styles were experimented with, as in the song "Pettai Rap", a Madras bashai song which was written in a rap-like style, interspersing Tamil with English words.

The synthesizer and the keyboard feature while drawing from Tamil folk music. Songs like "Urvasi Urvasi" and "Mukkabla" became huge hits and were played everywhere in South India. Even in the north these songs gained popularity because of the dubbing of the movie into Hindi.

The soundtrack for Kadhalan proved immensely popular upon release. Director Shankar and Raju Sundaram make cameo appearances in the song "Kadhalikum Pennin".

Following the success of the film in Tamil Nadu, it was subsequently dubbed and released in Hindi with title Humse Hai Muqabala. A soundtrack album was released in Hindi which had lyrics penned by P. K. Mishra. This version of the film could not do well but the soundtrack became a runaway success in North India.

The acclaimed soundtrack earned Rahman his consecutively third Filmfare Best Music Director Award. P. Unnikrishnan got the break as a playback singer through this film. His rendition of the romantic song Ennavale Adi Ennavale won him the precious National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer.

Track listing[edit]

Original version (Kadhalan)[edit]

The official track listing.[4]

All lyrics written by Vaali, Vairamuthu, Thirikudarasappa Kavirayar, Shankar

Track Listing
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Ennavale Adi Ennavale"   Vairamuthu P. Unnikrishnan 5:11
2. "Mukkabla"   Vaali A. R. Rahman, Mano, Swarnalatha 5:23
3. "Erani Kuradhani"   Vairamuthu S. P. Balasubramanyam, S. Janaki 5:08
4. "Kadhalikum Pennin""     S. P. Balasubramanyam, Udit Narayan, Pallavi 4:48
5. "Urvasi Urvasi"     A. R. Rahman, Suresh Peters, Shahul Hameed 5:39
6. "Pettai Rap"   Shankar Suresh Peters, Theni Kunjarammal, Shahul Hameed 4:23
7. "Kollayile Thennai"     P. Jayachandran 1:45
8. "Kaatru Kuthirayile"     Sujatha 1:31
9. "Indiraiyo Ival Sundariyo"   Thirikudarasappa Kavirayar Sunandha, Kalyani Menon, Minmini 1:02

Hindi version (Humse Hai Muqabala)[edit]

The official track listing.[5]

Humse Hai Muqabaa audio CD cover

All lyrics written by P.K. Mishra. 

Track listing
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Muqaala Muqabla'"   Mano, Swarnalatha 5:23
2. "Sun Ri Sakhi"   Hariharan 5:11
3. "Sagar Se Milne"   Sunandha, Minmini 1:02
4. "Patti Rap"   Suresh Peters, Noell James, Shankar Mahadevan 4:23
5. "Gopala Gopala"   S. P. Balasubramanyam, S. Janaki 5:08
6. "Premika Ne Pyar Se"   S. P. Balasubramanyam, Udit Narayan, Pallavi 4:48
7. "Maine Bheja Hai Sandesh"   Sujatha 1:31
8. "Urvashi Urvashi"   A. R. Rahman, Shankar Mahadevan, Noell James 5:39
9. "Phoolon Jaisi Pyari"   S. P. Balasubramanyam 1:45

Telugu version (Premikudu)[edit]

The official track listing.[6][7]

Premikudu audio CD cover

All lyrics written by Rajashri

Track listing
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Urvasi"   A. R. Rahman, Suresh Peters, Shahul Hameed 5:39
2. "Peta Rap"   Suresh Peters, Shahul Hameed 4:23
3. "Errani Kurrathani"   S. P. Sridhar, S. Janaki 5:08
4. "Andhamaina Premarani"   S. P. Balasubramanyam, Udit Narayan, S.P.B.Pallavi 4:48
5. "Oh Cheliya"   P. Unnikrishnan 5:11
6. "Mukkala Mukabula"   Mano, Swarnalatha 5:23
7. "Gaali Taragalapai"   Sujatha 1:31
8. "Alala Vale Vaana Varada Vale"   Sunandha, Kalyani Menon, Minmini 1:02


  1. ^ "Music Review: Humse Hain Muqabla". Planet Bollywood. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  2. ^ "Kadhalan Songs - Kadhalan Tamil Movie Songs - Tamil Songs Lyrics Trailer Videos, Preview Stills Reviews". Raaga.com. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  3. ^ http://gopalhome.tripod.com/arrbio.html
  4. ^ "Kadhalan by A. R. Rahman". A.R.Rahman Official Website. 
  5. ^ "Humse Hai Muqabala by A. R. Rahman". A.R.Rahman Official Website. 
  6. ^ "Premikudu by A. R. Rahman". A.R.Rahman Official Website. 
  7. ^ "Premikudu by A. R. Rahman". Telugufm. 

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