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MAANJA VELU MUSIC REVIEW
Review by : Malathy Sundaram
Music Director : Mani Sharma
Vocals : Ranjith, Naveen, Rahul Nambiar, Tippu, Sujatha, Saindavi, Karthik, Mukesh, Priya Subramanian.
Lyrics : Vaali, Viveka.
Produced by Feather Touch Entertainments and directed by A. Venkatesh, this remake of a Telugu hit stars Arun Vijay, Dhansika, Karthik Muthuraman, Prabhu Ganesan, Ganja Karuppu, Santhanam and Riyaz Khan, along with others. Mani Sharma scores the music and we have five songs in the album, with the sixth one being a retro-mix of an earlier one.

Munneru Munneru...
Vocals: Ranjith, Naveen
Lyrics: Vaali

A rather formulaic number that talks of self motivation. Economical, but trite lyrics from Vaali. The music is also of the ‘heard-before’ variety. Small neat instrumental bits are chirpy.

Eppaditthaan...
Vocals: Rahul Nambiar
Lyrics: Viveka
  Maanja Velu
 

You really warm up to this number after listening to it; never mind the fact it recalls the popular number ‘senthamizh thaen mozhiyaal’ rather vaguely. The scale seems to be Sankarabaranam and Rahul’s rendition in a rather low pitch deserves a big smile. Could tickle our ears.

Maanja Maanja...

Vocals: Tippu, Sujatha.
Lyrics: Vaali

Another crisp number with a distinct ‘telugu’ flavour. Distasteful lyrics! (Whither ‘Kaviya Kalaignar’?) Spirited singing from both and some funky instrumental bits add some colour.


Yosi...
Vocals:
Ranjith, Saindavi.
Lyrics: Vaali


A song with a ‘disco’ touch to it. Meant to make you shake a leg. Neatly executed. Talks of the ‘here and now’ idea of enjoyment.


Oorilulla...
Vocals:
Karthik.
Lyrics: Vaali

This song speaks of the value of amicable co-existence. Pleasant lyrics set to easy folksy rhythms. The keyboard notes that go’pa pa pa dha pa pa ma ma; ma ma pa ma pa ma ga ri; ga ga ri---‘ in the Kiravani scale add a nice lilt to this song rendered well by Karthik. Haven’t we heard something like this in ‘Abiyum Naanum’?


Maanja Maanja...
Vocals:
Mukesh, Priya Subramanian( Retro Mix)

Makes you recall ‘Vaarai Nee Vaarai’ vaguely, being based on the same raga. Mukesh rocks and so does Priya Subramanian (television viewers must be familiar with her singing of old Tamil songs). A very impish number which could hit the charts.


Verdict:

The same crispness we saw in the album ‘Thiru Thiru Thuru Thuru’ continues here too. But there is nothing in the album that will make it stand up for itself.
 
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