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Review by : Malathy Sundaram

Music Director : Shruti Haasan
Vocals : Mira, Tara, Aiden, Subbalakshmi, Akshara Haasan, Satish, Leo, Krishnan Swaminathan, Bala, Shruti Haasan, Bombay Jayashree, Kamal Haasan, Blaaze
Lyrics : Kamal Haasan, Blaaze, Manushya Puthran

Produced by Kamal Haasan and Ronnie Screwvala (UTV Films), directed by Chakri Toleti, this bilingual movie (Telugu and Tamil) is a remake of the critically acclaimed ‘A Wednesday’. Kamal dons the role done by Naseeruddin Shah and Mohanlal, the role done by Anupam Kher. Shruti Haasan debuts as a music composer with this film. Let us see what the young talented lady has to offer.

Unnai Pol Oruvan---
Vocals: Mira, Tara, Aiden, Subbalakshmi, Akshara Haasan, Satish, Leo, Krishnan Swaminathan, Bala, Shruti Haasan
Lyrics: Kamal Haasan

This is just a small piece, title number probably. Plenty of guitar and drum work. The famous Sloka passage ‘Paritraanaya Sadhunaam’ is interwoven into this piece which later moves into projecting vaguely the ‘New faces of Terror’.

Nilai Varuma---
Vocals: Bombay Jayashree, Kamal Haasan
Lyrics: Kamal Haasan

  Unnaipol Oruvan
Cryptic lyrics that yearn for stability and moral goodness in society. Jayashree goes into the low pitch again, after her ‘Aayirathil Oruvan’ song. The yearning feel of the song is sometimes jarred by the strident guitars. The song follows the Suddha Danyasi raga mode, but with the addition of Natabairavi ‘dha’. Could be liked for its feel.

Vaanam Ellai---

Vocals: Shruti Haasan, Blaaze.
Lyrics: Kamal Haasan, Blaaze

This song has a nice hip-hop feel to it. The lyrics want you to look forward in life with an assertive awareness. A fun blend of thavil sounds into the interlude is quite amusing. Blaaze is smooth, but Shruti needs more modulation. Conceived with a light touch of the Aberi raga, this song could soon find a place on the charts.

Allah Jaane---

Vocals: Kamal Haasan
Lyrics: Manushya Puthran

This is where Shruti comes into her own with a sensitively crafted background score for the song. Kamal Haasan has added a nasal twang to his voice. The lyrics are so weighed down with pathos! And the soaring notes from the strings at the end add poignancy. A haunting number.

Allah Jaane - Remix - By Vinayaka
Shruti Haasan

A number with airy vocals and lots of synthesized sounds. Kamal’s rendering has more emotion to it.


The original movie did not have songs in it. Here, the songs, like reed diffusers, waft a certain kind of mood and emotion across as you listen to them. They seem set to be played in the background. But what is slightly disturbing is the heavy western tilt given to the album. Will they blend with the story and the visuals? The acid test for Shruti may lie there.
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