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ENTHIRAN MUSIC REVIEW
Review by : Malathy Sundaram
Music Director : A.R.Rahman
Vocals : S.P.Balasubramaniam, A.R.Rahman, Khatija Rahman, Vijay Prakash, Shreya Ghosal, Kash n’ Krissy, Pradeep Vijay, Pravin Mani, Yogi B, Hariharan, Sadhana Sargam, Benny Dayal, Naresh Iyer, Javed Ali, Chinmayee, Kirthi Sagathia, Swetha Mohan, Tanvi Shah.
Lyrics : Vairamuthu, Karky, Pa.Vijay
Produced by Kalanidhi Maran and directed by Shankar, this very costly movie was filmed at locations around the world. It stars Rajinikanth ( as Vaseegaran and Chitti) Aiswarya Rai, Danny Dengzongpa and others. This was the last movie writer Sujatha penned dialogues for. With Sabu Cyril handling the art department and A.R.Rahman doing the music and background score for it,( not to mention the special effects and CGI) this film is being eagerly anticipated by all film buffs.

Pudhiya Manidha...
Vocals: S.P.Balasubramaniam, A.R.Rahman, Khatija Rahman.

Lyrics:
Vairamuthu

Excitement, breathlessness and hope all find a
  Endhiran
 
place in this song which has synthesized music weaving in and out of it all through. Almost an ode to Craig Venter, this song! The alternating low and high pitched rendering serves to add a lot of attention to the interesting lyrics. What made Vairamuthu write ‘naan naalaiya gnana oli’ and then go’en thanthai mozhi tamizh allava’ and’en karthaavukku adimai allava’? it almost negates the impersonal knowledge of the robot! Neat to listen to.

Kadhal Anukkal...

Vocals: Vijay Prakash, Shreya Ghosal
Lyrics: Vairamuthu

The feathery guitar notes at the start just make you wonder- -yes, Rahman’s fascination with Bilahari raga continues (remember ‘Omana Penney’ from VTV?) even here. The repeated use of ‘pa dha sa sa’; ‘ri gaa’ swaras with no gamaka give the song a nice western touch. The brisk music bit two minutes into the song that goes’sa pa ma ga ri ri ga pa ga---‘etc; is so delightful and so is the refrain’Ho baby, ho baby---‘. Sharp youthful lyrics here. Fleeting touches of Pahadi raga add to the ‘aha!’ effect. Good singing and possibly fabulous visuals!

Irumbile oru Irudhayam...

Vocals: A.R.Rahman, Kash n’ Krissy
Lyrics: Karky
English Lyrics: Kash n’ Krissy

Intelligent lyrics from Karky- the way ‘neelakkannoram’ and ‘neelappallaale’ combine and the phrases ’naan ennai anaippen’ ‘theymaaname illa kadhal kondu’ are quite amusing. But the English lyrics are flat. This could be a tight dance number. By locating this song on the ‘pa’ note of 1-kattai sruti, Rahman has been able to play around with the ragas Madhyamavathi and Suddha Danyasi at the same time and still retain its western slant! And such lighthearted singing from him! This song may take its time to get on to the charts.


Chitti Dance Showcase...
Vocals:
Pradeep Vijay, Pravin Mani, Yogi B
Additional Programming by Pravin Mani

A small fusion bit with vibrant guitars, wispy flute notes and calm violins and some fiery ‘konnakkol’. Let us see how the visuals do justice.


Arima Arima...
Vocals:
Hariharan, Sadhana Sargam
Additional vocals by Benny Dayal, Naresh Iyer
Lyrics: Vairamuthu

Based on the Kiravani raga, this number has some ‘spillover’ effect from Rahman’s ‘Usure Pogudhe’ from Raavanan. But a sexy use of trumpets ( sa ga sa ga---sa ga pa ma ga ri sa at the start with the bigger ‘ma’ swara adding drama), aggressive vocals from Hari balanced by sweet singing from Sadhana all make you long for the visuals.

Kilimanjaro...
Vocals:
Javed Ali, Chinmayee
Additional vocal arrangements by Clinton Cerejo
Lyrics: Pa.Vijay

Such heady use of percussive instruments here! They add a whole new touch of gaiety to the song. You can almost feel the hopping of ‘kinnikkozhi’ which the song refers to. Must be a fantasy number, this, with Shankar’s famed visual richness. A very taut use of Karaharapriya raga scale. Javed Ali’s effort deserves mention. Chinmayee sounds naughty. This song is supposed to have been filmed at the historic Macchu Picchu site in Peru.

Boom Boom Robo Da...
Vocals:
Yogi B, Kirthi Sagathia, Swetha Mohan, Tanvi Shah

Oops! Is that the raga Aboghi that has been given such a modern makeover in this song? The ‘Robo Da’ bit that goes ‘ri ri dha; ri ri dha’ and the instrumental bit’ sa ri ri ma ma ga ga ri--- ‘ half a minute into the song suggest Abogi. The phrases ‘minsara kannano’ ‘autokkaara’ are amusing! Could find favour with young ones, this song!

Verdict:

Yes, it exasperates you when you listen for the first time. But as you listen again, you realize that though Rahman gives this album a crisp metallic touch in keeping with the theme of the story, he still remains faithful to his Carnatic roots in a touching way. Watch how cleverly he varies the feel of the normal duets and ‘robo-based’ duets. The lyrics are interesting too. If the listener shakes off his conditioned thinking while listening to this album, he is in for a treat.

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Tags : Endhiran, Shankar, Rajinikanth, Aishwarya Rai, AR Rahman
 
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