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Life’s a lyric

MALATHI RANGARAJAN
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CHATLINE 103 lyrics for 36 films in a year! MALATHI RANGARAJAN gets busy bee Na. Muthukumar to take a break and discuss his journey in Kollywood and beyond…

Numerals may not interest all of us, but details about Na. Muthukumar’s career as a film lyricist could. In the past year alone he has written 103 songs for 36 films! The cornucopian creativity is spell-binding! Without getting into the literal number game of his achievements, it’s impossible to comprehend the volume of his work. Is it a record? “Frankly, I don’t know. Every year, till Mr. ‘Film News’ Anandan calls me up to check out the list of my songs, I’m in the dark about the figures. Thanks to the film historian I have the complete data,” says Muthukumar, as we settle down for a chat over a cup of coffee.

In that case, either he should be lapping up every assignment that comes his way or his vocation ought to be his recreation too. “Neither of your surmises is right,” laughs the young poet, whose writings extend far beyond the horizon of cinema.

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