Achcham Yenbathu Madamaiyada Music Review: Rahmanum Tamziharin Udamaiyada !

‘Avalum naanum’ is a very simple Paavendhar Bharathidasan song set to a very simple and likeable melody. There is a nice 60’s MSV ring when the song begins and then gives way to a more ARR flute section. Vijay Yesudas is someone I really like off late and he does utmost justice to the nice poem. This song too doesn’t follow a traditional pallavi-charanam approach and instead takes somewhat of a 2 part pattern. There is a very moving musical interlude in the middle with an operatic violin section and a sweet flute piece. The tune changes a tad post this, but does not let up one bit on the melody and simplicity. Kudos to ARR, Vijay Y for keeping things very simple and profound respects to Pavendhar for a timeless classic.

Song highpoint – Violin interlude and ‘Avalum naanum narambum yaazhum, poovum manamum’

 

The first thing that strikes you about ‘Thalli pogathey’ is its totally free flowing pattern of music and poetry. The AYM curtain raiser video says that even lyricist Thamarai found it very difficult to grasp this unconventional tune progression at first. It organically describes the symptoms of the hero falling in love. Weather changing, heart beating faster, mind searching for words to describe something, it just goes on and on in free flow and the tease briefly ends at about 2.22 when the main hook line ‘thalli pogathey’ hits you. ADK’s rap kicks in a minute layer and the rest of the chorus is nicely wrapped around it to create a great feel. I could write an essay about just the lyrics of the song, but that is not the goal of this piece. But gems like ‘kasayadi pole mudhugil mele vari vari kavithai’ and ‘yen mudhal mutham…… thamarai veguthe’ keep hitting you constantly. If you are a tamizh loving ARR fan it is sheer poetry, else it is still musical poetry at work.

Song high points – ‘Kasaiyadi …. Vari vari kavidhai’ and the ‘Thalli pogathey’ reveal

 

Raasali’ is a very melodious, inspired and layered take on newly blooming love. I use the word inspired in a very positive sense here as the song has a bunch of healthy lyrical and musical inspirations which it blends to great effect. Very uniquely, the male singer starts off by using a falcon and competing with it on who is ahead. There seems to be a few layers to this. Being a road movie, at the surface it just is a simple speed angle to it. But the actual meaning is, both the hero and heroine competing eagerly to profess their love, which by now is taking full flight. Musically, the song has 2 important inspirations.

The first of them is the beautiful extraction from ‘Valachi varnam’. Not only has ARR chosen a lovely Carnatic composition to blend into his song, he has smartly chosen 2 different parts of the nava raga malika i.e the Kamboji charanam and the famous sree ragam chitta swaram. Not only that, it is way more than a gimmicky fusion and serves as a crisp tone changing interlude at the end of the pallavi.

AYM TracklistThis brings us to the second big inspiration of the track. The 2 charanams are sent in the rhythm pattern of the iconic ‘Muthai thiru’ by Arunagirinathar. The inspiration is very innovatively used, Sathyaprakash sings very comfortably and is at ease with the quality lyrics and the rather difficult pacing of the sandham. Above and beyond fitting to a tough pattern, thamarai excels with quality lyrics like ‘munnil oru kaatrin kali mugathinil pinnil oru pachai kili….’ To beautifully describe the hero’s 2 key passions in life i.e his bike and the girl in his life.

Sasha Tirupathi takes over from the 2nd interlude and though her voice and Hindustani prowess are easily evident, she does struggle a bit with the ‘muthai thiru’ pattern on 2 counts. Her shrill voice puts her at a disadvantage and her unease with tamizh gets accentuated by the tough pacing of the sandham. She just about gets the words right, but a lack of full control over the tamizh emotions is easily evident to a discerning tamizh listener. Still a beautiful, instantly likeable and well sung song with great musical sense, lyrics and rich inspirations.

Song high point – ‘valachi varanam’ interlude with ‘muthai thiru’ transition.

 

Idhu naal varayil’ as someone pointed out has a nice boy band ballad feel to it. It has a nice free flow feel to it. The song talks of the feelings of a pretty boyish guy feeling the beauty of things around him after falling in love for the first time. The central pivot of the song is the concept ‘Idhu varai yedhume ulagail azhagillai endru naan ninaithadai poi aakinaal’ i.e she smashed my feeling so far that nothing in the world is beautiful. Everything else lyrically in the song is an extension of that.  And the trick like in ‘Thalli Pogathey’ is the song takes a good 1 minute to come to the central hook and keeps you on the edge till that. This too neither follows a pallavi-anupallavi pattern nor a typical pop number template and keeps you guessing all the time. Joanita Gandhi makes a brief appearance with her rich vocals too. But all in all this song would be so much lesser without the imposing presence of Adithya Rao.

Song high point – ‘Idhu varai yethume ulagil….’

 

‘Showkali’ is definitely not my kind of song. So I wouldn’t go too much in detail there. It is an interesting rap number with 2 sets of guys going against each other on whether love for bikes or love for girls is more important to their lives. What sets it apart from other typical rap songs is the hyper fast last 30 seconds, which is technically well pulled off, but since the genre by itself is not up my street, I will leave it you to judge it for yourself. It has some good talent involved in Adithya Rao and rappers ADK and Sri Rascol.

Song high point – Last 30 seconds (if you like that kind of stuff)

A very satisfying album in Tamizh for ARR after a rather unsatisfactory 24. He clearly has put his heart and soul into the tracks here and also bought into the director Gautham’s vision and aesthetics. Most of the songs have a very unique song structure and the lyricists Thamarai and Karky(Idhu Naal) have happily come on board by adapting to the innovative structures, yet not a bit compromising with the quality of Tamizh poetry.  The album has some healthy inspirations and roots ranging from Paavendhar Bharathidasan to ‘Valachi varnam’ and ‘Muthai Thiru’. Very laudable and purposefully modernized.

To me personally ‘Showkali’ was the only jar and ‘Idhu Naal’ though very likeable I am skeptical about its longevity. Otherwise all the songs are instantly likeable and very pleasant.

3.5/5 and a smile on my lips for a melodious, soulful and linguistically rich Tamizh outing from ARR and team.

X:Past is Present Movie Review: Experimental and Interesting

Deep down a lot of us are romantics right?And one of the things that excites us the most is to get nostalgic over our romantic tales,some great,some not so great.Some funny, some tragic, some silly, some plain embarrassing. And in case one feels he/she hasn’t had a colourful life, you may still want to feel or pretend otherwise. There are so many topics that we talk about and things that we tend to do but often get bored of, but falling in love or reminiscing about an old romantic tale is usually not something that one ever gets bored of, well normally at least 🙂 . That’s why it’s no surprise that films like Cheran‘s Autograph (2004) or the recent Malayalam blockbuster Premam have done well. After all these films have an instant connect with our basic psyche, also this perhaps explains why I’ve been looking forward to X: Past is Present or X The Film as it was called earlier.Continue reading “X:Past is Present Movie Review: Experimental and Interesting”

X-The Film: Trailer

X-Past is Present an upcoming Indian experimental film directed by a team of eleven filmmakers including Abhinav Tiwari, Anu Menon, Nalan Kumarasamy, Hemant Gaba, Pratim D. Gupta, Q, Raja Sen, Rajshree Ojha, Sandeep Mohan, Sudhish Kamath and Suparn Verma. The film features Rajat Kapoor, Anshuman Jha, Huma Qureshi, Aditi Chengappa, Radhika Apte, Parno Mittra, Neha Mahajan, Piaa Bajpai, Pooja Ruparel, Bidita Bag etc. X – The Film is not an anthology,but one whole story with the eleven directors making various sections of it. Produced by Manish Mundra, the film has music by Maitreya and is edited by Sreekar Prasad, Vijay Prabhakaran, Vijay Venkataramanan, Biplab Goswami, Gairik Sarkar, Dhritiman Das, Shreyas Beltangdy, Ankit Shrivastava, Ninaad Khanolkar. The cinematographers who have worked in the film include Anuj Dhawan, Aseem Bajaj, Dinesh Krishnan, Gairik Sarkar, Maeve O’Connell, Ravi K. Chandran, Q, Sandeep Mohan, Siddhartha Nuni, Siddharth Kay, Sidhant Chowdhry, Viraaj SinghContinue reading “X-The Film: Trailer”

MAM is now 2 Years ‘Young’: The Journey Continues

Last year around the same time when I was sitting down and penning down my thoughts on the recap of MAM’s 1st year, everything looked so nostalgic. The nostalgia still remains 2 years into the journey, but there’s also the eagerness to move forward and to branch out into frontiers not yet fully explored.Continue reading “MAM is now 2 Years ‘Young’: The Journey Continues”

Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya-Trailer

Santhanam is one of the foremost comedians in Tamil Cinema these days and enjoys the support of both the audience and trade. He turns producer for the first time with Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya ( KLTA from here on ), a mad comedy caper. The film produced along with the veteran Rama Narayanan has been directed by K.S.Manikandan and has music by Thaman.S. Continue reading “Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya-Trailer”

Kamal Haasan: What more can we expect from this disciple of Cinema?

 

Here’s wishing Kamal Haasan a very Happy Birthday to start with.

Ok if anyone is expecting that I’m going to be talking about my favorite Kamal Haasan films here then you’ve probably come to the wrong post. For sure I would write something on those lines someday but now is not the time for that. With Vishwaroopam finally looking to release in early 2013 I do have a few thoughts on my mind on what all I’d expect from him from here on.Continue reading “Kamal Haasan: What more can we expect from this disciple of Cinema?”

Nadunisi Naaygal : Who says barking dogs seldom bite?

Note- After the disastrous Ek Deewana Tha as Gautham Menon gets ready to take back to his familiar territory with the trilingual- Neethane En Ponvasantham/Yeto Vellipoyundhi Manasu/Assi Nabbe Poore Sau we throw a look back at an experiment he did last year ( 2011 ).

Writer- Director Gautham Vasudev Menon has carved a place for himself in the annals of Tamil Cinema through his movies. Be it the romantic musicals like Minnale or his recent Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa ( VTV ) or his cop stories like Kakka Kakka or Vettaiyadu Vilayadu, Gautham’s films have more or less connected with the audience, even when he made a more personal film like Vaaranam Aayiram.Continue reading “Nadunisi Naaygal : Who says barking dogs seldom bite?”

Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa Movie Review: Love is in the air again

Note- Here’s wishing all our readers a very Happy Valentine’s Day. With Gautham Vasudev Menon‘s Ek Deewana Tha due for release on 17th February, here is a look back at the Tamil original, Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa.

How does it feel when you see a girl and instantly lose your heart to her?How does it feel when all you do is think about the girl and not care for anything else?How does it feel when all you want is to be with that girl and nothing else?How does it feel when you stop thinking with your mind completely?How does it feel when you automatically become a poet, a romantic one at that?Continue reading “Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa Movie Review: Love is in the air again”

On Hosanna, Jessie,Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa…..

By Magik

For most of us who are mad about movies, movies mean more than just three odd hours of escape from the reality. We watch movies, re-watch them, talk about them, love them, hate them, imbibe something from them, quote dialogues, write reviews, and recommend them to that extent that people sometimes think we are being paid for it. I will share my passion for some of my most favourite films here but for now, it is about Gaytham Vasudev Menon’s ‘Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya’. I remember, after watching the movie for first time at Bangalore an year or two back, I headed straight to the bar, mumbling to myself “Bh**C***, Karthik is me… I am Karthik, mofo Menon stole my story from me.”Continue reading “On Hosanna, Jessie,Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa…..”