The expectations on March were quite high with summer holidays around the corner. Anirudh’s ‘Master’ and the 8 composer soundtrack ‘Dharala Prabhu’ were among the most anticipated releases. But post the 2nd week of March, things have taken a dramatic turn. Here is a look at what March 2020 had on offer.
Mannurunda – Soorarai Pottru – G V Prakash Kumar – Sony Music South Vevo
This could just be the song that catapults Senthil Ganesh to prominence. He has already sung a few songs (‘Sirki’ from Kaappaan, ‘Chinna Machan’ from Charlie Chaplin 2, ‘Danga Danga’ from Viswasam to name a few) and a couple of them have been hits as well. But this one plays to his strengths and he owns it in his now-familiar style. This is a funeral march song that is quite a culture in many parts of Southern India where the procession is led by playing of native drums (sometimes even a brass band etc.,) and dancing, representing a farewell to the departed. Ekadesi’s lyrics tread on oft-repeated philosophical lines and about caste divide but stands out in the lines ‘Keezh Saadhi Udambukkulla Oduradhu Saakkadayaa? Andha Mel Saadhikaaranukku Rendu Kombu Irundha Kaattungayya’.
Rating – 8/10
Andha Kanna Paathaakaa – Master – Anirudh Ravichander – Sony Music South
Yuvan is a wonderful choice to render this one and his nonchalant singing paired with Vignesh Shivn’s catchy lyrics vouch for a winner here. I am expecting this track to work even better with the visuals, especially with the fan base of Vijay. Anirudh’s minimal synth arrangements make for a track high on grooviness..
Rating – 8/10
Vaathi Raid – Master – Anirudh Ravichander – Sony Music South
Arivu is an exciting talent on the anvil and I look forward to more of his collaborations and works in the days to come. His supreme effort and skill shows in every bit of the rap. He is credited with the electrifying lyrics as well that balances the character and fans needs to the T. Chamathu Kutty!
Anirudh’s background humming adds a nice dimension. I wonder how it would have been had Vijay sung this humming!
Rating – 9/10
Santhosh Narayanan is a riot in ‘Polakkattum Para Para’ but the cough-like laughter is a put-off especially in these times. ‘Pona Pogattum’ in the kids voice is dramatic. ‘Quit Pannuda’ didn’t work for me despite its heart-in-the-right-place theme.
Kaadhal Theevey – Dharala Prabhu – Sean Roldan – Sony Music South
Sid Sriram sounds rather subdued in this possible ‘Pani da rang’ equivalent (This is the official ‘Vicky Donor’ remake). The ‘Thannantheevaai’ chorus keeps the proceedings together and the swara singing in the middle adds to the interest. Nixy’s lyrics lack novelty.
Rating – 5/10
‘Pularum’ composed by Vivek-Mervin and ‘Payanangal’ by Bharath Sankar are adequate. But the title track that is the equivalent of the rollicking ‘Rum Rum Whiskey’ from the original is a letdown. Eventually, it has to be said that the 8 composer soundtrack does fall short of expectations overall.
Vaan Thooralgal – Pon Magal Vandhal – Govind Vasantha – Sony Music South
Govind’s ’96 form is intact and at least till now, it continues to reap good rewards. This one despite its heavy déjà vu inducing flute portions, is a lovely melody nevertheless. Chinmayi is superb and carries the dulcet melody with aplomb.
Rating – 8/10
Vaa Chellam – Pon Magal Vandhal – Govind Vasantha – Sony Music South
Govind gets Suriya’s sister Brindha to croon this soothing melody that gets accentuated by the lilting ‘Nadavandi’ chorus backed by Shruthi’s mridangam and Vishnu’s sonorous flute. Brindha’s singing is adequate and hits the right emotions. Short and sweet!
Rating – 8/10
‘Plan panni Pannanum’ from Yuvan was quite disappointing coming on the back of successful soundtracks in Hero and Ner Konda Paarvai. Most of the above albums or singles released in the 1st half of March. The 2nd half of March was devoid of any releases, owing to the lockdown. One wonders why makers are not using this time to creatively present their new releases, considering they will have a lot more attention, with everyone sitting at home. Let us hope this situation improves quickly and the industry gets back to its feet sooner.