Directed by Sri Balaji and produced by Aasish Jain, Kullanari Kootam stars Vishnu and Remya Nambesan in the lead along with a huge cast. A film that is set in Madurai, but one that has nothing to do with violence or revenge, as the movie makers claim that it does not even have a villain. So we are bound to wonder how the songs will be for a soft and breezy Madurai film like this one. Tuned by Carnatic percussionist Selvaganesh who has given some delightful music in the films Venilla Kabadi Kuzhu and Kola Kolaya Mundirika, the music was launched by Maestro AR Rahman at his studio in a very low profile affair.
The song begins with captivating soft beats as flute notes breeze through, giving way to Chinmayi’s melodious voice. Karthik and Chinmayi blend with perfection to make the song retain its melody throughout. The strong point of the song is the instrumental medley that comes before the second stanza. Can become an addiction, just for the singers’ voices and the intelligent use of instruments.
Singers: Krishna Iyer, Mukesh
Lyrics: V. Elango
The song opens with the drawling voice of Mukesh and 15 seconds into the song, we hear the familiar kuthu music that sounds apt for the lyrics. No surprises here, the usual percussion instruments and nadaswaram make their presence felt all through the song. But despite all this, the song is something that will make you want to tap your feet along until the very end. Given the popularity of kuthu songs, this number will be on the charts and on TV for quite some time.
Hariharan impresses yet again and melts your heart with his soft voice. The song is slow paced with an interesting and rare mix of wind instruments and percussion beats that we have previously heard in the impressive Thoda Thoda Malarnthathenna from Indira. Hariharan has scored yet another hit song, for it hangs on around for a while after the song ends.
Singers: Shankar Mahadevan
Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar
The super fast song gets over before you realize it, for Shankar Mahadevan’s peppiness oozes in every line and he just steers you through it in break neck speed. The song has nothing new about it and will work only if shot differently well.
Singers: Rashmi, Kalpana
Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar
The song surprises you with two crisp and husky female voices, symbolizing freedom of women. The lyrics, overall, conveys, “Why should men have all the fun?” and it is sure to make the women listeners happy. The song definitely stands out in terms of novelty, but the question is - will the listeners like an unconventional number that lacks uniformity.
Verdict: Enjoyable album