The 2nd fortnight of February had a lot of surprises in store, starting with an ace director turning rapper and a comedian turning singer to a popular Bollywood composer making his Tamil composing debut. Here is a look at how they fared and much more.
Hey Love – Joshua-Imai Pol Kaakha – Karthik – Ondraga Entertainment
‘En Sattai Mel Undhan Vaasanai, Adhai Patriye Endhan Yosanai, Av Vaasanai Eppodhum Veesa Vai, Nalla Thamizhile Ennai Paesa Vai’ writes lyricist Vignesh Shivan. Lyrics are a strong point of this track that is brilliantly sung by Shashaa Tirupati with Karthik pitching in towards the end. This is Karthik’s 4th venture as a film composer and this breezy track is a wonderful precursor to his first collaboration with Gautham Menon (he has worked on 3 independent singles for Gautham over the last couple of years of which ‘Ulaviravu’ is my personal favorite). He brings in a jaunty Celtic styled violin bit and some whistling to go with the laid back tone of the song.
Rating – 9/10
Raasa Mavan – Dharala Prabhu – Madley Blues – Sony Music South
Popular stand-up comedian Alexander Babu turns singer with this film that is an official remake of the cult hit ‘Vicky Donor’. Now you know what the title refers to. In the context of the film, Super Subu’s lyrics are super fun (Petrol Illaama Nikkayile, Bunk-e Kedaichaachu). Alex and Harish Venkat (who along with Prashanth Techno are ‘Madley Blues’) have a ball belting this one out. Bala’s Nadhaswaram and Raghavasimhan’s violin portions stand out.
Rating – 8/10
Unnaal Penne – Dharala Prabhu – Inno Genga – Sony Music South
This is the 2nd song penned by Vignesh Shivan in this list and he does well here as well. The credits acknowledge Anirudh Ravichander. Did they possibly record a version with him? Because, this track composed and performed by Inno Genga has a striking resemblance to Anirudh’s style of composing and even sounds like it was composed keeping him mind, especially the ‘Kaatrin Vaasanai’ and ‘Unnaal Unnal PeNNe’ portions. The synth arrangements work well in holding the melody together.
Rating – 7/10
The film boasts of 8 composers including Anirudh, Bharath Sankar, Kaber Vasuki, Oorka-The Band, Sean Roldan & Vivek-Mervin (apart from the 2 above). It would be interesting to see if this pushes the multi-composer envelope further in Tamil films.
Pesaadha Mozhiye – Kombu Vatcha Singamda – Dhibu Ninan Thomas – Muzik247
KS Harisankar & Chinmayi Sripaada are fantastic in this delightful duet. Dhibu uses the vocal harmony (that ‘jhum jhum jhum’ bit is mighty infectious!) and the strings (Fames Symphonic Orchestra) to create a stunning ambience. The swara portions and the Vishnu Vijay’s flute embellish it further. Arunraja Kamaraj’s lyrics deserve special mention (Dhooratthu Vizhi Eerppu Nee!). Superb Track!
Rating – 9/10
Nira – Takkar – Nivas K Prasanna – Think Music India
Sid Sriram is in his zone in this meditative melody and truly takes flight when Malvi Sundaresan makes her entry. Ku Karthik’s lyrics fit well and Nivas layers the track with a sedate flute (Naveen Iyer) and lively percussions. But the real surprise is Gautham Menon’s rap. The ace director with his perfect diction is excellent and adds a terrific dimension to the track. The v
Rating – 8/10
Mathapoo – Ranga – Ram Jeevan – Saregama Tamil
The song is reminiscent of ‘Kummi Adi’ from ‘Sillunu Oru Kadhal’ in its setup and feel, especially with the Nadhaswaram and the ‘Raasa Vandhuttaan’ portions. I was even waiting for Swarnalatha to miraculously start singing again. That aside, this one is high on adrenaline and Pooja Vaidyanath and Mahalingam (who at times sounds like Pushpavanam Kuppuswamy) keep the spirits high with their perky rendition. Ram throws in a lovely surprise midway with an aptly placed, retuned version of the popular wedding song ‘Maalai Saatrinaal’ that adds a delightful layer.
Rating – 7/10
Aayizhai – Independent Release – Shabir – Think Music India
The video starts with a warning on viewer discretion that goes, “This video has been identified to potentially trigger seizures for people with Photosensitive Epilepsy” and with the postscript “I care more about your health than my views”. The question is why do something that is identified as harmful even if it is for a marginal few, I wonder?!
Nevertheless, this track composed, penned & sung by Shabir is catchy and uses the Mridangam beats, finger snap and the synth arrangements to create a heady effect. The ‘Azhagiya Radhiye-Adi Devadhaiye’ portion especially is quite groovy. The violin (Kiran Kashyap) complements well and the lyrics – a mix of Tamizh & English with a little sprinkle of Hindi, is apt.
Rating – 7/10
Thaalaattu Paadum – Kaadan – Shantanu Moitra – Eros Now South
Prabu Solomon ropes in popular Bollywood composer Shantanu Moitra for this ambitious multilingual, which also marks his departure from D.Imman with who he has maximum hits (Myna, Kumki, Saattai etc.,). If roping in Shantanu was to secure a pan India reach, I wonder why Imman would not fit the bill? Imman is credited with the background score though.
The track itself is lively and works more for the visuals (one sees the little efforts to fit the choreography to suit the lyrics in the Hindi version that has Pulkit Samrat reprising Vishnu Vishal’s role). The lyrics, coincidentally by Vanamali (‘Vanam’ in Tamizh is forest), are run of the mill. Haricharan, backed by a kids chorus is adequate.
Rating – 6/10
That rounds up an entertaining fortnight that offered an eclectic mix of tracks and threw a few surprises as well. Happy Listening!