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Durai Durai
Music review By Malathy Sundaram
Produced by P.L.Thenappan, directed by A.Venkatesh and starring ‘Action King’ Arjun with Kirath as his pair(she has already appeared in Vattaram) and Vadivleu as comic relief. Kirath replaced Padmapriya, who was the original choice. D.Imman has scored the music for this movie, composing five songs, one of which is a fun retune of an old Ilayaraja number.

Adi Aatthi aatthi---

Vocals: Jassie Gift, Timmy and Ramya
Lyrics: Tabu Shankar

The way in which guitar ,mandolin and dilruba sounds have been sweetly blended into the song is impressive. Obviously a teaser of a song directed at an attractive girl. Robust but unhurried rhythms. Seems to be set in the Karaharapriya scale. Jassie has sung it with pep.

Unnai Madhiri---
Vocals: Udit Narayan and Shreya Ghosal
Lyrics: Tabu Shankar

A pleasing melody in the natabhairavi. The violin and keyboard combine in the beginning and with the anupallavi we hear some delectable santoor sounds with minimal inputs from the guitar and mandolin. Udit Narayan brings his trademark childlike articulation to the song. Shreya is as sweet as ever.

Vettaikkum Sondhakkaran---

Vocals: Karthik and Saloni
Lyrics: Tabu Shankar

Varied and energetic drum beats characterize this song. The opening bars that have a banjo-like sound about them go ‘sa-sa-ga-pa-pa-ma-pa-ni ‘and are very hummable though you recall some Spanish music bits. Guitar and keys have been used in a refreshing manner in the interludes. Fun to hear Karthik’s changed accents! Of course this song is supposed to titillate—hence the bawdy lyrics!

Aayiram Aayiram---
Vocals: S.P.Balasubramaniam
Lyrics: Tabu Shankar

Oh, this song is a beauty in the sense that Imman has put it together so well! Right from the start where the chords go like’ pa-paa-dha-maa-ga’ with the keys and voice combining, to the end where the lovely veena bit trails off, it is a real soother. Every line is accompanied by a gentle shower of either guitar or mandolin or santoor sounds as if they are in agreement with the soft sentiments expressed in the song. And the dulcet voice of SPB only adds to the joy. Imman himself said that this song was special to him, because just after he had recorded the rough track of the song in his own voice, he came to know his mother had passed away! The instrumental bits stay on in your mind

Raja Rajadhi---

Vocals: Karthik
Lyrics: Vaali

Ha, Ha, quite a tongue-in-cheek retune of an old Ilayaraja megahit from ‘Agni Nakshatram’ which has turned out rather nice! Indian percussions and drums have been used quite intricately and the beats swirl around constantly with a distinct Kerala touch to them! Some banjo sounds too provide variety. Karthik appears to have sung it with a lot of relish adding to the ‘josh’ factor. Youngsters could find it groovy!


It is truly to Imman’s credit that he has happily used real instruments like the mandolin, dilruba, veena, santoor, woodwinds, flute, banjo and many others to add euphony to the songs. Though a tad strong on rhythms, and not much variety in terms of ragas, this album is quite pleasant to listen to.

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