Review by : Behindwoods Review Board
Album Release Date : Jan 30,2013
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Production: Ronnie Screwvala, Siddharth Roy Kapur
Cast: Anjali, Arya, Hansika, Premji Amaran, Santhanam
Direction: R. Kannan
Screenplay: John Mahendran, R. Kannan
Story: Arshad Bhatia
Music: S. Thaman
Background score: S. Thaman
Cinematography: P. G. Muthaiah
Editing: Leo John Paul
Stunt choreography: Silva
Dance choreography: Kalyan
Singers: Anbu Raju, Andrea Jermiah, Chinmayi, Dhevan, Gaana Bala, Karthik, Megha, Sricharan, Suchithra, Vijay Prakash
Lyrics : Gaana Bala, Madan Karky, Madhan Karky, Na Muthukumar, Thamarai

Settai is the Tamil remake of the Hindi cult comedy Delhi Belly. The film is directed by Kannan and features the likes of Arya, Hansika, Anjali, Premgi and Santhanam. The music is by Thaman.

Agalardhey Agalardhey
Singers: Megha, Vijay Prakash
Lyrics: Madan Karky

The track opens with a bass groove that is sustained throughout serving as the backbone of the tune. A lovely synth hook is layered over it and is topped off by an effervescent vocal performance by Vijay Prakash. Megha on the other is the perfect foil with her calm and melancholic portions. Overall, the song makes for the perfect album opener.

Edhathaan Kanduttey Nee Pudhusa
Singers: Gaana Bala
Lyrics: Gaana Bala

A full on gana blast from Thaman. The lyrics are hilarious even if it is intended to have double entendres, but the lyricist must be appreciated for showing restraint and not making it overly suggestive or lewd. Gana Bala tears through the number in his inimitable style. The chorus is catchy and makes for a fun sing-along section.

Arjuna Arjuna
Singers: Karthik, Suchithra
Lyrics: Thamarai

Suchithra helps keep the mood of the song somber yet stimulating with her vocal effort. The song features bits of a wind instrument that sounds like the Shanhai, but Thaman saves the solo for later and introduces it during a section that lifts the tune entirely.  Thamari pens some romantic verses that are well delivered by the singer.

Laila Laila
Singers: Andrea Jermiah
Lyrics: Na Muthukumar

Andrea lends her voice to this sensual tune that has a middle-eastern flavor to it, thank the percussions. The EDM style of synth melody is catchy but is fairly repetitive in nature making the song rather predictable.

Poyum Poyum indha Kadhalukkulle
Singers: Chinmayi, Sricharan
Lyrics: Madhan Karky

The strumming of an acoustic guitar always brings forth a light and refreshing sound and Thaman employs it to perfection. The song also has a nifty bassline and some funk style guitar licks adding texture to the aforementioned. The music director’s choice of singers in Haricharan and Chinmayee only add to the buoyant nature of the tune.

Theme music of Settai
Singers: Anbu Raju, Dhevan

The last track on the album is a re-hash of a tune that had played a major role in promoting and propelling the success of Delhi Belly. Thaman pays tribute to the tune by using its form and shape but the track doesn’t possess the rebellious and adolescent lyrics, with a cheeky chorus,  that made the song ‘DK Bose’ so popular.

Verdict: With each song less than 4 minutes, Settai is crisp and catchy!