Aaha Kalyanam (aka) Aaha Kalyanam songs review


Review by : Behindwoods Review Board
Album Release Date : Jan 21,2014
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Production: Aditya Chopra
Cast: Nani, Vaani Kapoor
Direction: A Gokul Krishna
Screenplay: Habib Faisal
Story: Maneesh Sharma
Music: Dharan Kumar
Background score: Dharan Kumar
Cinematography: Loganathan Srinivasan
Dialogues: Rajeev Rajaraman
Editing: Bavan Sreekumar
Art direction: RC. Velu
Dance choreography: Brinda
Singers: Abhay Jodhpurkar, Benny Dayal, Chinmayi, Hari Charan, M.M.Manasi, Naresh Iyer, Nivas, Shakthishree Gopalan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Supriya Ramalingam, Swetha Mohan, Usha Uthup
Lyrics: Madhan Karky, Thamarai
PRO: Suresh Chandra

Aaha Kalyanam marks the South debut of famed production house Yash Raj Films. The film is the official remake of the superhit Hindi film Band Baja Baraat. Starring Nani and Vani Kapoor, the project features music by Dharan Kumar.

Bon Bon
Singers: Hari Charan, Sunidhi Chauhan
Lyrics: Madhan Karky

A catchy tune to open proceedings that sees the composer transitioning from straight up friendly rock to a Punjabi rhythm fueled chorus attached to the tail of the melody. The Punjabi flavor may have been derived from Yash Raj Film’s involvement maybe? But the spinning guitar solo set to festive bhangra beats are certainly enjoyable as Hari Charan and Sunidhi Chauhan belt out solid performances.

Koottali Koottali
Singers: Benny Dayal, Usha Uthup
Lyrics: Madhan Karky

A mid-tempo Michael Jackson groove with a tiny taste of ‘The Zoo’ chugs the melody forward featuring some instrumental flair along the way. Madan Karky’s stimulating lyrics and charged performances from proven voices such as Benny Dayal and Ushua Uthup truly shape this tune in addition to the inspired instrumental solos.

Kadha Kadha
Singers: Chinmayi
Lyrics: Madhan Karky

Summertime pop meets Punjabi, is the sound you get from this crafty mashup from Dharan. The interludes and bridges live up to the standards of the opening segments of the song and the listener is left with a rather fulfilling track by the end of it. Again, the Punjabi influence may not be commonplace in Tamil film music but its festive nature does draw and engulf the listener into its atmosphere while Chinmayi, showing good control over her voice, delivers yet another quality performance.

Padhiye Padhiye (Male)
Singers: Abhay Jodhpurkar
Lyrics: Madhan Karky

A winding, serpentine melody tailor made for late-evening listening is presented soulfully by Abhay Jodhpurkar. The percussive shakers maintain the mellow nature of the song and offers segments like the pristine mandolin solo to shine.

Honeyae Honeyae (Female)
Singers: Supriya Ramalingam
Lyrics: Madhan Karky

Assuming that the brief demanded more cheese, the lyrics are agreeable. The song features a pretty well orchestrated melody with the use of vocal harmonies and the surprise accompaniments of the Thavil and the joyous Nadhaswaram solo. Supriya’s nuanced singing is definitely to look out for.

Mazhaiyin Saaralil
Singers: Naresh Iyer, Swetha Mohan
Lyrics: Thamarai

Dharan retraces back to his Parijatham days and offers a kind of melody that defines his true potential. The gorgeous melody is woven into an atypical rhythm pattern and houses some intricate orchestration. Topping of this tune is the superb singing from Naresh Iyer and Swetha Mohan, the latter especially shows off her complete prowess behind the mic.

Aaha Kalyanam – Instrumental Theme

A lively, over-the-top, colorful up tempo theme that’s every bit as uplifting. Dharan tags plenty of segments and pieces them together without letting the tempo loose or allowing the track to feel disjointed.

Doublea Doublea (Male)
Singers: Naresh Iyer
Lyrics: Madhan Karky

The male version of ‘Honeyae’ arrives featuring an excellent vocal performance by Naresh Iyer. Again the local touches with Carnatic styled singing and the thavil percussions to the western styled composition are admirable.

Padhiye Padhiye (Female)
Singers: Shakthishree Gopalan
Lyrics: Madhan Karky

The meandering tune reappears featuring an excellent and expressive vocal performance from Shakthishree who shows her mettle in the lower octaves. The singer’s contribution certainly adds more value to the instrumental highlights offered by the tune.

The Punch Song (Thala Thala)
Singers: M.M.Manasi, Nivas
Lyrics: Madhan Karky

Punches echoing from all around greet the listener to a tune with a concept that isn’t all that alien to Dharan. He successfully pulled off a similar idea with Simbu’s ‘I am Kuthu dancer’ in Poda Podi. But credit to Karky for having some sort of linear flow as opposed to just randomly including these lines and Dharan just about ensures that the presentation isn’t garish. There’s little respite for the listener from this heavyweight packaging as you’re resigned to looking out for your favorite punch line in the song enjoying the tempo.

Verdict: An album filled with attractions.
( 3.0 / 5.0 )


Aaha Kalyanam (aka) Aaha Kalyanam

Aaha Kalyanam (aka) Aaha Kalyanam is a Tamil movie with production by Aditya Chopra, direction by A Gokul Krishna, cinematography by Loganathan Srinivasan, editing by Bavan Sreekumar. The cast of Aaha Kalyanam (aka) Aaha Kalyanam includes Nani, Vaani Kapoor.