O Kadhal Kanmani (aka) OK Kanmani songs review


Review by : Behindwoods Review Board
Album Release Date : Apr 04,2015
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Production: Maniratnam
Cast: Dulquer Salman, Nithya Menen, Prakash Raj
Direction: Maniratnam
Screenplay: Maniratnam
Story: Maniratnam
Music: A R Rahman
Background score: A R Rahman
Cinematography: P C Sreeram
Editing: A Sreekar Prasad

OK Kanmani is one of the most anticipated releases this season with the legendary combination of Mani Ratnam, A.R.Rahman and P.C.Sreeram hitting the screens after long time. The film stars two extremely talented Malayalam actors Dulquer Salman and Nitya Menon in lead roles.

Kaara Attakkaara
Singers: Aaryan Dinesh Kanagaratnam, Darshana, Shashaa Tirupati
Lyrics: Aaryan Dinesh Kanagaratnam, AR Rahman, Mani Ratnam

The album starts off with the familiar ‘Kaara Attakkara’ which has already created quite a buzz. The entire track speaks of freshness in brilliant style. The recurring hip-hop beats and rap section add an extra tinge of fun. Flawless chord progression and impactful chorus are the other assets.

Aye Sinamika
Singers: Karthik
Lyrics: Vairamuthu

An extremely laid back trance like number with the ever sweet sounding Karthik, redefines the word modern classiness! The mild guitar strums, piano touches and timely bass work just add the icing on the cake in Rahman’s style.

Paranthu Sella Vaa
Singers: Karthik, Shashaa Tirupati
Lyrics: Vairamuthu

A funky number with Reggae rhythm and mellowed bass section. Extremely casual singing that creates an impact. A clever blend of Indian melody and chill out lounge music, it is Chennai meets a remote island in Cuba, in terms of music!

Mental Manadhil (Male)
Singers: AR Rahman, Jonita Gandhi
Lyrics: AR Rahman, Mani Ratnam

The heart and soul of the album, with unpretentious vocals of A.R.Rahman and Jonita. The pumping rhythm section provides tremendous energy. Rahman and Mani collaborate for the first time on lyrics to create some magic.

Naane Varugiren
Singers: Sathya Prakash, Shashaa Tirupati
Lyrics: Vairamuthu

A breathtaking fusion sung by Shashaa Tirupati. After ages, Rahman explores the amazing Carnatic Raaga Kaanada (Darbari Kaanada as Hindustani counterpart) used in Roja for Puthu Vellai Mazhai. The rhythm section is replete with sequencing as well as mridangam strokes.

Theera Ulaa
Singers: AR Rahman, Darshana, Nikita Gandhi
Lyrics: Vairamuthu

It is time to shift gears and strike a new balance between feel good melody and trendiness. Rightfully, ‘Theera Ulaa’ has everything one can ask for-  electronic vocals with a tinge of classicism and never say die chord progression! The master stroke arrives in the form of carnatic rendition in the midst of digital sequencing!

Mental Manadhil (Female)
Singers: Jonita Gandhi
Lyrics: AR Rahman, Mani Ratnam

The most effervescent track of the lot, sung by the supremely talented Jonita Gandhi in her own unique style. While Rahman is high voltage, Jonita explores the melodious dimension to perfection.

Malargal Kaettaen
Singers: AR Rahman, Chithra
Lyrics: Vairamuthu

The album arrives to a fitting and deserving pre-finale with a classical song by the legendary Chitra. Vintage flute which was so common in Rahman’s compositions back in the 90s. A very special mention for Vairamuthu’s poetic lyrics as well. Interesting to see a mild flavor of Raag Maand - a personal favorite of Rahman himself!

Maula Wa Sallim
Singers: AR Ameen
Lyrics: Traditional

A traditional Islamic composition with the innocence of A.R.Ameen. A relaxing little presentation with neat bass work and breezy chorus.

Verdict: Ok Kanmani is classy and contemporary all the way !
( 3.75 / 5.0 )


O Kadhal Kanmani (aka) OK Kanmani

O Kadhal Kanmani (aka) OK Kanmani is a Tamil movie with production by Maniratnam, direction by Maniratnam, cinematography by P C Sreeram, editing by A Sreekar Prasad. The cast of O Kadhal Kanmani (aka) OK Kanmani includes Dulquer Salman, Nithya Menen, Prakash Raj.