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Review by : Malathy Sundaram

Music Director : Rafi
Vocals : Shankar Mahadevan, Chinmayee, Maheswari Rani, Hariharan, Sunitha Sarathy, Rafi, Suchitra.
Lyrics : Kabilan, Kadhalmathi, Na. Muthukumar, Kalyanji.

This movie, as we all know, was conceived with Rajinikanth in mind and it was shelved later due to his hectic schedules. Now Radaan (Radhika Sarathkumar) and Puneet Goenka (Zee Motion Pictures) team up to bring out this film with Sarathkumar as the hero and Shriya Saran playing his daughter. We also have Goundamani, Srisha and Kiran Rathod essaying other roles. K.S. Ravikumar directs the film (his sixth venture with Sarathkumar, we think) and we have a newcomer Rafi composing music for it. The audio function, interestingly, was held in the presence of Sri. M. Karunanidhi, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu.

Apple Laptop---
Vocals: Shankar Mahadevan, Chinmayee.
Lyrics: Kabilan

This song has a crowded musical arrangement, with keyboards, piano, synthesizers, strings and drums all jostling for space, but the result is still rather easy on the ears. A nice use of the Kiravani scale, with a sober
Shankar Mahadevan pairing up with a breezy Chinmayee. The second music interlude before ‘udal uyir irandaiyum’ is to be relished.

Thuru Thuru---

Vocals: Maheswari Rani.
Lyrics: Kadhalmathi

A rather stylish ‘Pop’ like number with very busy violins, guitars and some brass notes. A song of longing that may include some languorous dance movements as it moves along at its own pace. The wind instruments add a ‘jazz’ feel too to the song.

Yezhu Vannathil---
Vocals: Hariharan, Maheswari Rani.
Lyrics: Kabilan

A rather pretty song (Hamsadwani?), but what probably stops us from relishing Hariharan’s sangatis and the lovely violins fully is, again, the profusion of instruments that clamor for attention. The first interlude somehow does not jell easily with the song, the second being good. The speedy glide on the keyboards four and a half minutes into the song is cute. Could hit the charts.

Vaa... Dhinam Dhinam---
Vocals: Sunitha Sarathy.
Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar

A cheery number that recalls Goanese folk rhythms. The song celebrates Friendship Day and the blithe spirit of youth. The swaras ‘sa, ni, ma,pa ri’ have been attractively combined and used here, especially the string piece ‘ri ma pa ni pa ma ri ma pa.’ Polished singing from Sunitha. Could be well liked for its sparkle.

Thuru…Thuru (Slow)---
Vocals: Sunitha Sarathy.

The first charanam of song no.1 is the starting point here and the song moves on from there. An aching loneliness is conveyed this time and the instruments are neatly subdued and nice to listen to.

Anbulla Maan Vizhiyae(Remix)---
Vocals: Rafi, Maheswari Rani.

A crisp remix of the old Jayashankar hit from ‘Kuzhandaiyum Deivamum’ on the Harikamboji scale. Rafi himself jumps into the fray with this number. Though the synthesized voice of the lady robs the song of some melody, it is fun to listen to.

Acham, Madam, Naanam---
Vocals: Suchitra.
Lyrics: Kalyanji

Certainly one more dance number, and very stylishly conceived too! The dramatic musical passages that go ‘sa ga sa, ni sa ni,pa ni pa-----sa ga sa’ and the huge glide one and a half minutes into the song are to be savored. Plenty of synthesized sounds with the keyboard making merry, but the charming use of Suddha Danyasi notes are definitely interesting! Another polished piece from Suchitra.


There is no gainsaying the fact that Rafi offers us a refreshing take on modern music here combining it as he does with our musical sensibilities. This album is quite breezy to listen to. But what takes the sheen off a little is the plethora of instruments used, song after song, which kind of leaves us breathless at the end. Let us welcome this composer and wish him the best.
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