Happy Birthday, Nightingale: 10 actresses whose careers are incomplete without K S Chithra songs

Published: 27th July 2017 01:25 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th July 2017 04:28 PM  

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K S Chithra, six-time winner of the National Award for Best Female Playback Singer, is turning 54 today. Here are 10 actresses whose career is best remembered through K S Chithra songs. (Graphics | Vijesh C K)
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K S Chithra won the National Award for Best Playback for the first time for the classical song 'Paadariyaen Padippariyaen' from 'Sindhu Bhairavi' (1985). Incidentally, Suhasini who starred in the film received the National Award for Best Actress the same year.
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In 1987, Chithra won her second National Award for Best Playback for the song 'Manjal Prasadavum' from the critically acclaimed 'Nakhakshathangal'. The song was composed by Bombay Ravi. Monisha, playing her first lead role, bagged the National Award for Best Actress.
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A cult film, Bharathan's 'Vaishali' (1988) won K S Chithra the National Award as well as the Kerala State Film Award for the incredibly popular track, 'Indupushpam Choodi Nilkum Raathri'. Actress Suparna Anand will forever be remembered for this song.
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Rajeev Menon's 'Minsara Kanavu' brought Bollywood actress Kajol to Kollywood with some foot-tapping numbers scored by A R Rahman, and made her a darling of Tamil fans. The 'Manaa Madurai... Oo La La La' track featuring Kajol and sung by K S Chithra won her a third National Award.
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Priyadarshan's Hindi remake of the Tamil hit 'Thevar Magan' had Anil Kapoor and Tabu reprising the roles of Kamal Haasan and Revathy. 'Inji Iduppazhaghi' became 'Paayale Chunmun' in Hindi and bagged Chithra her fourth National Award. Tabu went on to become a sought out star after the hit.
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Mani Ratnam's 'Bombay' boasts of one of the most popular AR Rahman soundtracks. Manisha Koirala's character Shaila Banu is introduced through the song 'Kannalane' ('Kehna Hai Kya' in Hindi). Along with Dil Se, another popular Rahman song from the film Dil Se, the song has been one of Koirala's top film moments.
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Who can forget the 'Oh Priya Priya' track from Mani Ratnam's Telugu hit, 'Geethanjali'. Girija Shettar, who features in the song along with Nagarjuna Akkineni, is most remembered through this song.
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The track 'Hele Kogile' from the film Nammura Mandara Hoove (1996) brought Chithra the first Kannada state award. Actress Prema won the Udaya Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in the film.
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''Kannammoochi Yenada' featured Aishwarya Rai in her third role in Tamil films before she went on to become a huge Bollywood star. The other tracks from 'Kandukondein Kandukondein' were equally famous too. Incidentally,Aishwarya Rai plays a singer in the film.
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'Roja' (1992) was a landmark film in the career of Mani Ratnam as well as A R Rahman. 'Pudhu Vellai Mazhai' was sung by Unnikrishan and Sujatha in the Tamil version but the Hindi version featured K S Chithra's voice instead Sujatha's. The song (Yeh Haseen Wadiya in Hindi) made K S Chithra's track as well as leading lady Madhoo a rage across India.
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