Raja Rani


Review by : Behindwoods Review Board
Album Release Date : Aug 23,2013
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Production: Fox Star Studios
Cast: Arya, Jai, Nayanthara, Santhanam, Sathyaraj
Direction: Atlee Kumar
Screenplay: Atlee Kumar
Story: Atlee Kumar
Background score: G. V. Prakash Kumar
Cinematography: George. C. Williams
Dialogues: Atlee Kumar
Editing: Ruben
Stunt choreography: Dilip Subarayan
Dance choreography: Sherif
Singers: Aishwarya, Alka, Alphonse, Clinton Cerejo, G.V.Prakash Kumar, Gaana Bala, Sasha, Shakthisree Gopalan, Shalmali Kholgade, Vandana Srinivasan, Vijay Prakash
Lyrics : Gaana Bala, Na Muthukumar, Pa Vijay
PRO: Suresh Chandra
Distribution: Fox Star Studios

Raja Rani is a romantic multi-starrer that features popular faces such as Arya, Nayanthara, Jai, Nazriya Nazim, Sathyaraj and Santhanam. The project is directed by young Atlee, a former associate of Shankar. The film has music composed by G.V.Prakash.

Hey Baby
Singers: Aishwarya, G.V.Prakash Kumar, Gaana Bala
Lyrics: Gaana Bala, Na.Muthukumar

The track opens with the sax-man warming up and playing sections of the melody before the backing vocalists form an acappella unit where the vocal harmonies are beautifully arranged along with a Ukulele, and G.V sends down a few chirpy lines with their support. Then there’s the surprise entry of the kuththu beat and Gaana Bala’s unmistakable voice and lyrics which take the song into a new direction, still keeping the enjoyment very much in tact. An innovative fusion !

Singers: Shakthisree Gopalan
Lyrics: Pa.Vijay

Shakthisree is such a delight to listen to in this one as G.V.Prakash fleshes out yet another magical melody. The chorus is a bit tricky to pronounce but makes for a lot of fun to sing-along to. The percussions in particular are fantastically unpredictable and bring out the difference in what might otherwise be along the lines of a typical folk tune. The relentless strumming of the guitars come to the forefront when the percussions quiet down and creates a great texture.

Singers: Alka, Alphonse, Clinton Cerejo
Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar

A nice blend of rock and folk that doesn’t seem like its overly fabricated and forcibly pieced together. There is a sense of continuity in the track even when it wanders into distinctive territories, like the classical Malyalam section. The folk change over at first may seem as a relief but it does more by justifying the contrast of its fuzzy guitared counterpart. The singing overall is pitch perfect and Clinton especially sounds high on life. The Nadhaswaram bit may just turn out to be the signature sound of the film too.

Singers: Vandana Srinivasan
Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar

The strings and percussions bring out the true urgency and sentiments of the tune as Vandana plays the perfect foil by soaking up the sadness and presenting it soulfully in this short piece.

Oday Oday
Singers: Sasha, Shalmali Kholgade, Vijay Prakash
Lyrics: Pa. Vijay

A total fun track where rock n roll styled guitars play hide and seek with Indian spirits, and it comes across as a friendly partnership in the end. Even though the whole track paints a bright and colorful picture it’s inevitably the effective chorus hook that the listener waits for and its one that you will find hard to resist. Vijay Prakash sets the tone with an effervescent performance and the ladies duly follow.

Imaye imaye
Singers: G.V. Prakash Kumar, Shakthisree Gopalan
Lyrics: Pa. Vijay

Big strings and flute automatically create a sense of seriousness and the track keeps the grip all through. The vocal performances by G.V.Prakash and Shakthisree are undoubtedly heartfelt and it’s backed up by a strong string arrangement.

A love for life
Singers: Chennai Symphony, G.V.Prakash, Instrumental, Navin Iyer

This instrumental take of ‘Imaye’ is extremely well composed. G.V brilliantly shares the duties between different instruments and creates an opportunity for each musician to shine with his solo performances. This also achieves a sense of high detailing. With plenty of room for the notes to breathe, the entry of complete orchestra and the choir is sure to raise some hairs on your arms. Well written and brilliantly executed.

Verdict: G.V strikes with lively & cheerful melodies. A very pleasant album !
( 3.25 / 5.0 )



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