Actor-producer Udhayanidhi Stalin whose upcoming film with Mysskin, Psycho, is a thriller, has more often worked in the comedy genre. And his films have a surprisingly large number of good songs. Even if you haven’t seen them, chances are you’ve heard all of them on the radio, for they are buzzing with these numbers constantly. Here are six songs we’re humming along with, today, as the actor turns 42.
Adada Oru Dhevadhai, Oru Kal Oru Kannadi, 2012
Oru Kal Oru Kannadi marked the actor’s debut in the Tamil industry and also stars Santhanam, Saranya Ponvannan and Jangri Madhumitha. Almost all the songs from the film, composed by Harris Jayaraj were big hits, but this one especially so as it was deceptively simple.
Oorellaam Unnai Kandu, Nanbenda, 2015
A romantic number again by Harris Jayaraj featuring Udhayanidhi and Nayanthara in Bali. This is a quasi classical Unnikrishnan and Bombay Jayashri rendition. Nanbenda deals with two friends who are accused of a murder they are not responsible for. It also stars Santhanam, Motta Rajendran, Sriranjini and Sayaji Shinde.
Aval Kuzhal, Manithan, 2016
This is a Santhosh Narayanan melody. Rendered by Pradeep and Priya Hemesh, this is a hugely underrated song of the composer. Manithan is a remake of the Hindi film Jolly LLB (2013), based on the 1999 hit-and-run case that happened in Delhi. It also stars Vivek, Prakash Raj, and Aishwarya Rajesh.
Yembuttu Irukudhu Aasai, Saravanan Irukka Bayamaen, 2017
Sean Roldan and Kalyani Nair’s voices lend this song a lot of gravitas. The Imman composition features Udhayanidhi and Regina Cassandra. Saravanan Irukka Bayamaen is about a hopeless young man who turns into a politician. It also stars Soori, Srushti Dange, and Manobala.
Sevvandhi Poove, Kanne Kalaimaane, 2019
Unna Nenachu, Psycho, 2019
The much awaited Psycho starring Udhayanidhi, Nithya Menen and Aditi Rao Hydari has music by the maestro Ilaiyaraaja. Unna Nenachu has Sid Sriram, the man of the moment singing for the first time for Raja. Psycho is reportedly based on the Buddhist fable of Anguli Mala.