Kilimanjaro (song)

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Song by A. R. Rahman (composer) and Javed Ali, Chinmayi (singers)
from the album Enthiran (soundtrack)
Released31 July 2010
Panchathan Record Inn, Chennai
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelThink Music
Songwriter(s)A. R. Rahman (music), Pa.Vijay (lyrics)
Producer(s)A. R. Rahman

"Kilimanjaro" is a Tamil song from the 2010 film Enthiran, directed by S. Shankar. The song was composed by A. R. Rahman, lyrics penned by Pa.Vijay and sung by Javed Ali and Chinmayi. The Hindi and Telugu version of the song has lyrics respectively written by Swanand Kirkire and Bhuvana Chandra. The song, based on the raga Karaharapriya, is reputed for its use of tribal beats with a catchy chorus and with various musical experiments.[1] Song shooting took place in Machu Picchu in Peru. The song was released in Hindi and Telugu under the same name.

Music structure and lyrics[edit]

The song has been composed on raga Karaharapriya. The song features African tribal percussions created by multiple Octapads and vocals, which well suits the song situation. It is sung by noted duo Javed Ali and Chinmayi in all three versions. Singer Chinmayi, who worked with the trio (Rahman, Sankar and Rajinikanth) in the song "Sahana", said it was "a Dream Come True" to sing again for Rajinikanth.[2] The additional vocal arrangements of the song is done by Clinton Cerejo.

The original title of the song is retained in all three versions. The words "Kilimanjaro", "Mohenjo-Daro" etc., originally included by Pa. Vijay, appears in all the versions.

Release and reception[edit]

The song was released as part of the soundtrack album of the film on 31 July 2010. The song topped the country charts, holding the #1 position for many continuous weeks.[3][4] It topped Tamil film music charts for over five months.[5]

The audio along with the entire soundtrack, broke several records in the Indian music industry, testified by its chart positions and digital downloads. It is often praised to be having the "usual Rahman touch".[6]

Music video[edit]

The song is picturised on Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai singing a duet with a host of tribal dancers in the background and prompts laughter and humour due to the funny costumes and cinematography of the song. The song sequence was filmed at Machu Picchu in Peru, making it the first Indian video to be picturised on the protected heritage site.[7] According to official sources, there were interventions from the Indian government to grant permission for the shooting, which was denied even for many international projects like Quantum of Solace.[7][8] It was choreographed by Raju Sundaram, brother of Prabhudeva, who choreographed many other songs in the film.

It was the most expensive Indian music video up until then, costing ₹4 crore[9] ($875,000),[10] equivalent to $1,087,000 (₹8.05 crore) adjusted for inflation.

Other versions[edit]

The film is parodied in the film Oru Kal Oru Kannadi (2012) in the song "Kaadhal Oru" with Udhayanidhi Stalin and Hansika Motwani. In the Telugu film Nuvva Nena, the song is parodied with Brahmanandam and Kovai Sarala.

Awards and nominations[edit]




  1. ^ Behindwoods Review
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  3. ^ "Kilimanjaro from Enthiran tops the Chart this week | - One Stop Cinema Portal". Archived from the original on 19 November 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2010.
  4. ^ "Kilimanjaro from Enthiran tops the Chart this week | - One Stop Cinema Portal". Archived from the original on 2 November 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2010.
  5. ^ "Who is topping the charts in K'wood?". Sify. Archived from the original on 7 December 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  6. ^ "A phenomenon called Rajini!". The Times of India. 1 October 2010. Archived from the original on 3 November 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Endhiran The Robot : First Indian movie to shoot at Machu Pichu". One India. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
  8. ^ "Enthiran beats James Bond". Behindwoods. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
  9. ^ "Here Are The 12 Most Expensive Songs Ever Made In Bollywood". UC News. 19 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Official exchange rate (LCU per US$, period average)". World Bank. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  11. ^ "தமிழ் திரைப்பட விருதுகள் : 2010". WriterCSK. 25 December 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
  12. ^ seeucom (3 January 2011). "Enthiran was awarded the best commercial film of the year in MGR-Sivaji Awards". Archived from the original on 30 August 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
  13. ^ "Arts / Cinema : Rhythmic ripples of 'Mellisai' mark function". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 12 May 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
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