Uttama Villain (aka) Uthama Villain songs review


Review by : Behindwoods Review Board
Album Release Date : Mar 01,2015
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Production: Kamal Haasan, N Lingusamy
Cast: Andrea, K Balachander, K Viswanath, Kamal Haasan, Parvathi Menon, Pooja Kumar
Direction: Ramesh Arvind
Screenplay: Kamal Haasan
Story: Kamal Haasan
Music: M Ghibran
Background score: M Ghibran
Cinematography: Shyam Dutt
Dialogues: Kamal Haasan
Editing: Vijay Shankar

One of the most awaited films, Uttama Villain starring Kamal Haasan, directed by Ramesh Aravind and produced by Thirrupathi Brothers in association with Raaj Kamal Films International. M. Ghibran has composed 7 songs, 7 OST’s and 3 Karaoke.

Kaadhalaam Kadavul Mun
Singers: Padmalatha
Lyrics: Kamal Haasan

Beginning with the hang drums and dwelling into a scintillating voice with brilliant gamakas, a carnatic number that is sure to be used for Bharathanatyam ballets. Haunting chorus, rim shots on the hand drum, nuances like setting a ghost note on the chord progression by tingling the harp, minute detailing with accentuating effects with the Kanjira, Mridangam and chimes are all pure ingenuity.

Love’aa Love'aa
Singers: Kamal Haasan,Sharanya Gopinath,Anitha, Nivas
Lyrics: Viveka

Psychedelic chants, electronic pop, trance like EDM and quirky voices along with purposefully programmed jarring beats are this song's strong elements. Kamal's range and Sharanya's Usha Uthup like rendition add juxtaposing flavors to this uniquely sounding track. The Loveeaa Loveaa portion is addictive and will very soon develop repeated listens. The acoustic guitarist sets the pace and establishes the soul of the song. The rhythm breakdown in the second BGM is surprising and enterprising. Ghibran is exploring beyond the horizons.     

Utthaman Arimugam
Singers: Kamal Haasan, Subbu Arumugam
Lyrics: Subbu Arumugam

The Morsing gives the ideal start to a Villupaatu that's busy telling a story. The group singing, manually created lively rhythms by bhols, Kamal's soulful voice especially in the thisra nadai, is inspiring. The track effortlessly changes from Mayamalagowla scale to Shankarabharanam base. The lyrics going along with the fast paced tune is foot tapping. The rhythm change towards the end with an octave higher is the goosebumps giving moment. An authentic ballad.

Singers: Kamal Haasan
Lyrics: Kamal Haasan

This composition is an outrageous cry. Ektara to kindle and Kamal's range of of being a soprano is jaw-dropping. Begins in Harikambhoji and deviates to alien notes in between. A light-classical composition treated with unusual elements like using electronic beats and playing accents with the grand piano. Sounds of the sword, an allegro for the group singers and the magnanimous chenda melam are ambitious.     

Iraniyan Naadagam
Singers: Kamal Haasan, Rukmini Ashok Kumar
Lyrics: Kamal Haasan

A monologue driven by a sing-song pattern. A potpourri of genres, involving ball room music to carnatic to opera to hard-rock to what not? Possibly a visually driven piece, establishing a journey. An experimental, progressive track that has to grow into you. The lead vocals follow the wonderful carnatic touch which has flavours of Shakarabharanam with slight deviated notes.There is so much to notice every time you listen to it. A highly orchestrated track with brass sections, syncopated rhythms and deadly bass lines. The usage of Theyyam-exclusive instruments like chenda, kuzhal, perumabara and utuku are top class. A listening experience than to be termed as a song.    

Mutharasan Kadhai
Singers: Kamal Haasan
Lyrics: Kamal Haasan

Mridangam and English horn in a single song? An animation of emotions ranging from cartoon like funny portions to intriguing arrangements creating fear. With Sofia symphonic orchestra chipping in, this song has all the elements to be called purely international. The condescending arpeggios in the preludes become a strain, but the song situation might justify it. Timpani, string sessions, use of Celtic instruments and a wide variety of instruments make it a power-packed track. Absence of a set rhythm makes the song a little hard to follow. Every element in the song has a purpose and reason. The folkish ending is a relief.         

Utthaman Kadhai
Singers: Kamal Haasan
Lyrics: Kamal Haasan

From a Pallavi to a sudden outburst of tunes and some dialogue driven sequences in the middle, Uttaman Kadhai narrates a story using woodwinds, brass and strings. Keeping symphony as the foundation, the composer has jumbled with a cluster of genre's. Needs repeated listening to get a hold of it. A therukoothu that is a quintessential masterpiece. From tapping the strings to acapella to tune progression, a tiresome listen that'll creatively challenge you.      

Utthama Villain Theme
Singers: N/A
Lyrics: N/A

Song mastering at its best. Kamal’s haunting voice, killer sarvalagu of the percussion, didjeridoo and some unnameable drone pipe comprehending Kamal's Tuvan (overtone) like singing, are a whole new experience for the Indian ears. 

Guru & Sishya
Singers: N/A
Lyrics: N/A

An instrumental track that's based on ambiance music centered around the Polka and the Waltz. If the visuals are comprehending, then this OST is bound to turn heads.  

Father & Daughter
Singers: N/A
Lyrics: N/A

This track is no less for all the Zimmer like scores you come across in Hollywood films. A full-fledged orchestra with French horns to Double bass to every part of the Sofia Chamber Orchestra. Ghibran is the Indian Yanni. 

Utthaman & Karpagavalli
Singers: N/A
Lyrics: N/A

The beautiful Grand Piano and the Contrabassoon along with clarinet to get along with the strings? Another orchestrated symphony that'll make you feel light.   

Father & Son
Singers: N/A
Lyrics: N/A

The softer version of Iranya nadagam. Pianos, chimes, humming and mrithyumjayaho chants create a stir. 

Letter From & To Yamini
Singers: N/A
Lyrics: N/A

Head singing, melancholic Pianos and the symphonic arrangements take you on a soulful trip of pure devotion.  The flute in the end is a new addition to the album. 

Dr. Aparna
Singers: N/A
Lyrics: N/A

Santoor, harps and Pianos merge to give a feel of letting it go. Another OST that will beautify the visuals. 

Verdict: One of its kind gems in Tamil cinema music !
( 3.75 / 5.0 )


Uttama Villain (aka) Uthama Villain

Uttama Villain (aka) Uthama Villain is a Tamil movie with production by Kamal Haasan, N Lingusamy, direction by Ramesh Arvind, cinematography by Shyam Dutt, editing by Vijay Shankar. The cast of Uttama Villain (aka) Uthama Villain includes Andrea, K Balachander, K Viswanath, Kamal Haasan, Parvathi Menon, Pooja Kumar.