POKKISHAM - MUSIC REVIEW
Review by : Malathy Sundaram

Music Director : Sabesh-Murali
Vocals: V.V.Prasanna, Vijay Yesudas, Chinmayee, Karthik, Vijay Yesudas, Ranjani, Mahati, Madhu Balakrishnan,
Lyrics: Yugabarathy

Cheran’s movies have never failed to arouse interest and acclaim because they are strongly rooted in culture and almost always deliver a pertinent social message. Here he teams up again with Padmapriya (no mean actress herself) after ‘Thavamai Thavamirundhu’. This story is about a young Hindu boy living in Calcutta and his Muslim girlfriend and how they take a walk down memory lane later, treasuring their letters, gifts and experiences. Produced by Nemichand Jhabak and V.Hitesh Jhabak, the film has

  Pokkisham

music by Sabesh-Murali. All lyrics have been penned by Yugabarathy.

Azhagu Mugam Malarndhu---
Vocals: V.V.Prasanna.

This song portrays life as a long and interesting journey. It ends in a telling manner, saying’ idhai kaadhalodu yaerka vendum evarume’. Suitably, the chugging rhythms of a train keep us company. On the Natabairavi scale and very soft on the ears.



Nila Nee---

Vocals: Vijay Yesudas, Chinmayee.

Another soft-as-a-ballad song, whereYugabarathy has broken the tradition to fashion a different kind of charanam for the lady singer. As if almost writing a letter, the lines go’anbulla manna, anbulla kanava’ etc; a delicate tabla piece after the charanam leads back to the lilting Sarasangi raga swaras on the strings’pa dha sa sa ni saa’ that repeat.



Anjal Petti---

Vocals: Karthik

This song has been paced out interestingly—soft jumping rhythms, but they speak of a hundred emotions dancing away inside the hero. The lyrics need to be savoured here, loneliness which contrasts with the celebratory feel of the lady singer’s voice. You hear a bit of Suddha Danyasi but you can’t be sure.



Aaj Mone Bolecche---
Vocals: Ujjayini, Vijay Yesudas

This song has alternating Bengali and Tamil lyrics. The bengali part is folksy and chirpy but the tamil part is sad and achy. You hear strains of Suddha Danyasi raga here. The bengali lyrics have been penned by Gautam Bhattacharya.Appropriate use of shehnai adds to the folksy feel of the song



Ohoho---
Vocals: Vijay Yesudas .

A short and sweet number with very short charanams, probably aiming to create a very definite mood in the movie.



Varu Vazhi Engume---
Vocals:
Ranjani.

The start ‘pa ri saa’ hints at Sankarabaranam scale and conveys a dramatic undertone to the song. A sad-feel number, this, in spite of the fact that it conveys eagerness on the part of the lady looking forward to uniting with her lover. Odd!

Moonru Naal---
Vocals:
Karthik.

A soft pensive opening from the sax leads to this number which again hints at a separation of sorts. Ends with the hero relishing even this. Again the sax wraps up the song.

Ulagam Ninaivil---
Vocals:
V.V.Prasanna, Mahati

This song is patterned like the first one, with the same mettu. The music interludes are different, of course. Mahati adds freshness to the feel of the song with her low-pitched rendering. Speaks of surging love inside the hearts. Good use of strings.

Mozhi Illamale---
Vocals:
Madhu Balakrishnan.

Very beautifully rendered by Madhu Balakrishnan, this song derives its mood of gentle sorrow from its different-sounding rhythms, low flute notes and the soft wail of the lady’s vocals. A short number, too. Looks like the Charukesi raga has been touched upon.

Kanavu Sila Samayam---
Vocals:
V.V.Prasanna

Well, if it is Prasanna, it must be the same mettu as song no.1! yes, of course! But this song speaks of the start of another journey, possibly towards a more optimistic tomorrow(?).

Siru Punnagai---
Vocals:
V.V.Prasanna

No prizes for guessing the mettu of this song ---so this seems to be the ‘signature tune’ of this movie! Again this song is more of a ‘memory recall’ for the hero .The song ends with the assertion that Time is a great teacher for all of us and God is our only friend who guides us to our promotion. Nice use of mouth organ.



Verdict:

A whopping 11 songs!! But it must be said to Cheran’s credit that each song has been etched to convey a specific mood and may well guide the viewer towards an understanding of the inner minds of the hero and the heroine. Nothing frivolous here. But you do feel a little exhausted by the time you finish listening to the album. Thankfully the songs are short, most of them. Will all find their way to the screen?


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