- MUSIC REVIEW
by : Malathy Sundaram
Music Director : Yuvan
Neha Bhasin, Naresh Iyer, Manjari
Phadnis, Krish, Benny, Preethi,
Mohd.Aslam, Rahul Nambiar, Tanvi,
Priya, Jaaved Ali, Madhumita,
by ASA Productions and Enterprises,
co-produced by Vikram Bhatt
(who announced two more projects
in Tamil at the CD release
function), directed by Srinath
and starring Nithin Satyaa
and Manjari Phadnis (she has
even crooned a song for the
film) in lead roles, and co-starring
Daniel Balaji, Lakshmi Rai,
Kishore (of ‘Polladhavan’
fame) and Rakhi Sawant(special
appearance), this movie is
meant to be a tribute to the
late Jeeva. We have Yuvan
Shankar Raja handling the
music department, tuning six
songs and two remixes.
Om Shanti Om---
This is heavy metal stuff, a bit hard
on the ears, but what surprises you is
the fairly soft and feminine rendering
by Neha. A sensuous number, going by the
lyrics and all the moaning and panting.
In both the charanams, when her voice
rises, the strings glide down giving a
small respite to the ears!
Vocals: Naresh Iyer,
A slow duet where the rhythms drown out
the pleasing string accompaniment most
of the time. The song seems to have shades
of Behag raga. Soothing repetition of
‘ga ga ri ri sa sa, ga ga ri ri
sa sa’ on strings which then goes
pa-ma-ga-ri-sa and rises and halts at
ma from where the charanam takes off.
Naresh’s voice goes a tad off-key
sometimes. Manjari has put in hard work.
The Night is Still Young---
Vocals: Krish, Benny,
The song’s melodic potential is
somewhat spoiled by the very harsh hand-clap
rhythms and some strong keyboard and string
accompaniments. Truly hurts your ears.
But being a swinging dance number with
a touch of jazz, it could be relished
by the younger generation.
Vocals: Mohd.Aslam, Rahul
Nambiar, Tanvi & Priya
Such a relief to listen to this Karaharapriya
raga-based gentle number after song no.3!
But sadly, the male voices somehow don’t
blend well. We hear sruti lapses! The
ladies sail through. Attractive backing
notes from the strings right through make
this more enjoyable. A nice lilt is given
to ‘sittrinbam adhai thedalam’---.Could
climb the charts.
Vocals: Jaaved Ali, Madhumita
Another duet with slow curving sangatis
and nice staggered rhythms .And sexy lyrics!
A stylish bit from the flute goes ‘dha-ma-ni-dha’
where the ‘dha’ vibrates showing
up touches of Sindhubairavi raga. Jaaved
is easy on the ears in higher octaves,
but Madhumita’s powerful voice takes
well known verse solemnizing marriage
‘Maangalyam thandhunaa’ alternates
with lyrics that reflect loss and disappointment.
A short sweet bit in Kiravani.
Night is Still Young---Remix
yeah! This remix version is actually funkier
and more melodious than the original!
Lovely guitars! Will hit the charts!
Om Shanti Om—Remix
quite nice, really , even if it is a bit
on the noisy side.
Yuvan does not hesitate to experiment
with rhythms, going by his recent albums,
and here too we have rhythms that differ
subtly from one another. But when we have
eight songs lined up, an emphasis on beats
does tire us, say, after four songs. Maybe
a couple of softer melodies could have
added richness to this album.