Atta kathi has been recently in the news for the director being Venkat Prabhu's assistant. Atta Kathi is set in areas of North Madras known for its rowdyism elements. The cast is unheralded and the movie attempts to stand on its own merit with newbie technicians as well. The film's debutante music composer Santhosh Narayanan was part of a citybased band. He has also worked under A R Rahman for some time. Let's see how Santhosh has fared with his first offering.
Aasai Oar Pulveli
Singers: Pradeep, Kalyani Nair
Time for some cool jazz. The song moves at a gentle pace and the lyrics never get drowned. The song has a classy touch to it. The lazy guitar notes and flutes add to the mood. Has shades of that cheerful title track from ‘Sillunu Oru Kadhal’. A worthy addition to the album.
Aadi Pona Aavani
Singer: Gaana Bala
An experimental ‘gaana’ song with extensive use of the accordion, dholaks and tablas. The lyrics are down to earth and sure to strike big time with the masses. Very likeable and simple tune. The sound of the accordion is addictive and it impresses as always.
Adi En Gana Mayil
Singer: Ayinjivaakkam Muthu
Another ‘gaana’ song with high pitched rendition and lot of ‘thaara’ ‘thappatta’ sounds. Have to see the movie to figure out whether this mini-song makes any impact. An experimental, loud piece which is straight out of the streets of North Madras.
Podi Vechi Pudippan
Singers: Sathyan, Palakkad Sreeram, Brinda
Peppy song that talks about the movie’s hero and his street smartness. The song bursts with energy with the chorus being particularly catchy. The synthesized ‘’Pa Pa Pa” before the second stanza and towards the end is infectious. The accordion sounds add value to this song as well.
Band - Musical Sequence
Singers: Band Kuberan, Band Murali
As the name suggests, this is a band sequence probably figuring in some marriage scene in the movie. Nothing much to write about this.
Singers: Gaana Bala
Lyrics: Gaana Bala
Another short gaana number that talks about love, mysterious women, experience, money, family and a variety of other subjects. Very minimal usage of instruments with more focus on the lyrics and the rustic voice of Gaana Bala.
Another jazzy number which moves along unhurriedly accompanied by the guitar and the piano. The lyrics talk about the guy’s yearning for his lady love. The music director has a fascination with the accordion as it makes a brief presence in this song as well.
Verdict: An experimental yet fresh attempt by debut composer Santhosh Narayanan. The focus is more on 'gaana' as the movie is set in North Madras. There are a couple of jazzy numbers as well. On the whole, a score that seems to be in line with the movie's theme.