Review by : Behindwoods Review Board
Album Release Date : Dec 07,2012
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Production: Raaj Kamal Films International
Cast: Andrea Jeremiah, Jaideep Ahlawat, Kamal Haasan, Pooja Kumar, Rahul Bose
Direction: Kamal Haasan
Screenplay: Kamal Haasan
Story: Kamal Haasan
Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Background score: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Cinematography: Sanu Varghese
Dialogues: Kamal Haasan
Editing: Mahesh Narayanan
Singers: Benny Dayal, Kamal Haasan, Shankar Mahadevan, Suraj Jagan
PRO: Nikhil Murugan

Vishwaroopam, Kamal Haasan’s latest magnum opus is written and directed by the actor himself. The film stars Andrea, Pooja Kumar, Rahul Bose, Jaideep Ahlawat and Sekhar Kapur in key roles. The film also sees Kamal teaming up with the musical trio of Shankar Ehsaan and Loy after Aalavandhan in 2001.

Singers: Suraj Jagan
Lyrics: Vairamuthu

Your ears are welcomed with an alarming intro, almost as if there’s a prison-break or a breach of security. It sets the tone perfectly for this menacing tune powered by heavy riffage. Suraj Jagan’s vocal delivery is powerful, singing powerfully from the gut. The chorus interludes sound like a holy chant and add good weight to the composition. Lyrically, the song has its moments that play straight to the gallery.

Thuppaki Engal Tholile
Singers: Benny Dayal, Kamal Haasan
Lyrics: Asif Ali Beg, Vairamuthu

What starts off with cool note-picking, a funky bass groove and English utterances, takes you on an unexpected ride where it gets darker, both lyrically and musically. Benny Dayal shows he’s totally at ease switching between English and Tamil, and Kamal’s singing style provides the perfect foil for this tune. There’s a musical shift towards the end from rock to a more Middle-Eastern style. The horns add nice drama and the drum solo in particular deserves a special mention.

Unnai Kannadhu Naan
Singers: Kamal Haasan, Shankar Mahadevan
Lyrics: Kamal Haasan

A thoroughly enjoyable Hindustani classical tune with Kamal belting out the recitations and taals with the precision of a pro. The genre is right up Shankar Mahadevan’s alley and one can sense that the singer himself is enjoying every bit of the song. Despite being a ‘traditional’ tune, the song has everything going for it in terms of melody, hooks and convincing performances. One can expect the visuals of Kamal’s expressive performance as a Kathak dancer to make this song truly memorable.

Anu Vidhaiththa Boomiyile
Singers: Kamal Haasan, Nikhil D’ Souza
Lyrics: Kamal Haasan

A sort of a post-apocalyptic gloom reigns over the tune right from the get-go. The opening English verses communicate a desperate want for change. Kamal then chips in with his Tamil vocals, words that he has written himself.  The orchestration by the string section is dramatic just for the right amount of time before eerie intro returns to fade the song to a close.

Vishwaroopam (Remix)
Singers: Remixed by Shane Mendosa, Suraj Jagan
Lyrics: Vairamuthu

A remix version of the title track but set to club beats. While the remix is well executed with some unexpected changes of grooves and good use of the break-down, what it lacks is the grit and intensity of the original track.

Verdict: What works for this album is the sound of Shankar Ehsan and Loy that the Tamil audiences are exposed to after a considerable period of time. They bring their A-game to the party and it’s a highly focused effort with absolutely no room for fillers. Seriously good!



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