ORUVAN MUSIC REVIEW
by : Malathy Sundaram
Music Director : G.V.
Karthik, Andrea Jeremiah, G.V.
Prakash Kumar, Dhanush, Aishwarya
Dhanush, Neil Mukherjee, Madras
Augustin Choir, Vijay Yesudoss,
Nityashree Mahadevan, Shri Krishna,
P.B. Srinivas, Bombay Jayashree,
by R. Ravendran and directed
by Selvaraghavan, a man known
for handling sensitive themes,
Aayirathil Oruvan has been
long in the making. Karthi
Sivakumar, Reema Sen, R. Parthiban,
Andrea Jeremiah and Prathap
Pothen make up the main star
cast. We have plenty of
artistes in the second half which, according
to Reema, delayed shooting quite a bit
because plenty of co-ordination was needed.
G.V. Prakash Kumar composed music for
this film after Yuvan Shankar Raja exited
halfway through. Vairamuthu and Selvaraghavan
have penned the lyrics.
Oh Eesa: Composer’s Mix---
Karthik, Andrea Jeremiah &
Now, why does Snoop Dogg’s Gangsta
Rap piece ‘Lay Low’ cross
your mind as you listen to this? Anyway,
this song has a refrain that is straight
out of an old CD which goes ‘Govinda
hari Govinda’ and some English and
Tamil lyrics. Bad articulation leaves
you guessing the contents! But could catch
the fancy of the young!
Vocals: Andrea Jeremiah
& G.V. Prakash Kumar.
(excerpts from Siddhar Padalgal)
A song with a slight R&B touch to
it, this mourns the disappearance of love
from the life of a young lady. Bad articulation,
again, from Andrea. Pleasant use of strings,
though. We don’t get to hear anything
to do with Siddhar Padalgal here! Why
Un Mela Aasadhaan---
Vocals: Dhanush, Andrea
Jeremiah, Aishwarya Dhanush.
Oh dear!! This song sounds so very like
‘adadaa vaa asatthalam’ from
Sarvam. Were both Yuvan and Prakash ‘inspired’
by the same source? We don’t know!
Anyway, Dhanush doesn’t sound bad
and the instrumental interludes and the
percussions are easy on the ears.
The King Arrives ---
Performed by Neil Mukherjee and Madras
Soft, majestic music that hints of an
imposing presence. How it translates on
the screen is what we have to see.
Thaai Tinra Mannae---
Vocals: Vijay Yesudoss,
Nityashree Mahadevan, Shri Krishna.
Lyrics: Vairamuthu, Vetoori
This song is a very dramatic piece as
it incorporates varied musical pieces
into it - a javali-like bit from Nityashree
and a mournful solo bit by Vijay, and
both dissolve into harmony at the end
in a soft rhythmic melody. Stands out
for the subtle use of percussive instruments.
Though the song appears to be in Vakhulabarana
raga, we have shades of Nattakurinji raga
after the fourth minute when we hear some
delicate mridangam and ghatam. A soft
‘thanam’ on the veena, three
and a half minutes into the song, balances
the crescendo notes of Vijay. ‘Kalambakam’
is pronounced wrongly. A well put together
Vocals: P.B. Srinivas,
Very powerful verses that simply jolt
you-especially the phrase ‘uyir
kizhindhom!’ Hats off to Jayashree
and the veteran singer Srinivas for investing
this number with such deep pathos. Conceived
with a touch of Subapantuvarali raga,
this song speaks of the agonies of forced
relocation. Again a very suggestive use
Celebration of Life---
Performed by Naveen
This instrumental piece that starts off
pensively and then breaks out into a faster
tempo has a fine ‘period’
feel to it. Very thoughtful combination
Tinra Mannae (Classical Version)---
Vocals: Vijay Yesudoss.
This song has different lyrics as it is
laden with heavy pathos. Vijay, as well
as the flute, tabla and other instruments
(do we hear the Yaazh?) combine to bring
out a certain amount of wistfulness to
the song. Slow paced. Vijay would do well
to polish up the soft ‘la’
and the harder ‘la’ sounds
and the Tamil-specific ‘zha’
sound. An impossibly long number, at over
Vocals: G.V. Prakash
The song seems to be slightly introspective.
So we have suitably subdued strings and
rhythms. Doesn’t seem to hold your
attention though, unless it has been shot
Eesa (Club Mix)---
Featuring Bigg Nikk
Thankfully rather easy on the ears. Nicely
The sleeve note includes a contest form
which asks the listener ‘which six
of these ten songs are likely to feature
in the film?’ Happy guessing, then!
Selvaraghavan seems to have taken great
pains to bring in delicate authenticity
to the music. And the songs seem suitably
slotted into the story. Let us wait for
this movie to unfold.