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Karaoke: Pachai Kiligal (Indian)

A.R. Rahman, K.J.Yesudas and Kamal Haasan. When these three living legends come together to produce something, the result can be nothing short of awesomeness. And that is what “Pachai Kiligal” from the Tamil movie Indian (1996) is all about.

Kamal Haasan as Senapathy (Indian)

Kamal Haasan as Senapathy (Indian)

It’s a very simple song with heart-touching lyrics by the great writer Diamond Pearl (Vairamuthu).

For those alien to the Tamil language, Vairamuthu tries to bring out the finer aspects of life that give us immense happiness (Anandham).

Vairamuthu, lyricist of "Pachai Kiligal" from Indian

Vairamuthu, lyricist of “Pachai Kiligal” from Indian

I’ve shared below my attempt at a Karaoke version of this amazing song.
Listen and share your comments.


Music Review: A R Rahman’s OK Kanmani

Where does Rahman find these voices?
He introduced Ghazal singer Hariharan into Tamil playback singing in his very first album, Roja. Rest is history.

Carnatic Singer Unni Krishnan got his break into playback singing, courtesy Rahman. Rest is history.

<Now add a list of a few dozen other singers who got introduced by Rahman>

And then he discovered Shashaa Tirupati of “Aye Mr. Minor” fame from “Kaaviya Thalaivan”.

“OK Kanmani” is an album Shashaa is not going to forget for the rest of her life.

OK Kanmani: Rahman-Mani Ratnam combo is back!

OK Kanmani: Rahman-Mani Ratnam combo is back!

Shashaa’s voice would make it to my list of “Top 3 things that stand out in OK Kanmani” list. “Naanae Varugiren” is out of this world. Dot. Darbaari Kaanada is a soul-stirring raaga and one of my favorite raagas too. There are a lot of cult Tamil songs in Darbaari Kaanada. Have shared links to few of my favorites songs in this raaga, below:

1. Kaatre en vaasal (Rhytm, Rahman)

2. Malare Mounama (Karna, Vidyasagar)

3. Nee kaatru, naan maram (Nilaave va, Vidyasagar)

4. Aagaya vennilave (Arangetra velai, Ilayaraja)

“Naane varugiraen” would make it to this list now.

Shashaa doesn’t stop with this song. She weaves magic along with Karthik and Rahman in “Parandhu sella vaa”.

“Kaara Aattakkaara” struck a chord with Rahmaniacs right from the time the teasers for OK Kanmani got released a few weeks back. The song has an enlivening feel to it, with gentle acoustic strums to back the vocals. The transition from song to rap and back is seamless, as always, from Rahman.

“Mental Manadhil” is the new “New York nagaram”. It’s fresh and it’s stylish. Rahman’s pronunciations stand out in this song. For example, the way he says “taka taka taka”, among others. The female version is equally catchy.

Karthik sure does know a thing or two about rendering awesome solos, irrespective of the genre. With “Sakthi kodu”, “Girlfriend”, “Usurey pogudhu”, “Vinnai thaandi varuvaaya” and now “Hey Sinamika”, we’ve come to realize that the ARR-Karthik solo combo can never disappoint.

And when was the last time we heard Rahman “sing” semi-classical? “Malargal kaettaen” was a complete surprise when I heard Rahman singing classical at the lowest of scales his vocal chords could afford, as opposed to the high-pitch tracks he generally sets aside for his own voice.

Kutty Thala A. R. Ameen makes a cute entry into playback singing with “Maula Wa Sallim”. Just one word to describe the song. Cute.

“Theera Ulaa” just grows into you. Like any Rahman song, the number of layers in this track is higher than the number of orders that Flipkart gets on a monthly basis. Listen to “Theera Ulaa” with earphones plugged deep into your ears and discover the phenomenon that is Rahman.

All said and done, is “OK Kanmani” the best of Rahman-Mani Ratnam combo? Nowhere close to.

Does it join the league of Rockstar, Roja, Alaipayuthey, VTV and the likes? Nope.

Is it better than Kadal? Not yet.

Better than Kaaviya Thalaivan? May be.

Better than Lingaa? Hell, yes.

Better than “I”? Hell, yes.

Best of Rahman in recent times? Hell, yes.

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Movie Review: Highway (No spoilers)

Let me start by declaring that I am now officially a fan of Imtiaz Ali and Aliaa Bhatt.

Having not watched Student of the Year, I had little idea about Aliaa Bhatt’s thespian skills. Don’t know how she performed in SOTY but she stole the show in Highway, with an equally impactful performance from Randeep Hooda. The duo in fact carry the movie on their shoulders with subtle, real and unexaggerated acting, may be with some help from Imtiaz Ali.

Be it the scene where Aliaa opens up to Randeep or the one where she confronts a relative to set things straight, Aliaa proves that she is currently the best in business when it comes to acting, in Bollywood (though it’s tough to imagine her as a Tamil in the movie version of Two States, coming soon).

If Rockstar made me a fan of Imtiaz Ali, Highway has strengthened that bond further. Among Directors like Rohit Shetty, Ali doesn’t hesitate to take the unconventional route to produce masterpieces. Musically, Rockstar may be the album of the decade, but Rahman and Imtiaz have given themselves a tough competition with Highway.

In the past, silence has been used to great effect in re-recording by Ilayaraja. Rahman takes that route in Highway and succeeds. There is hardly any background score apart from the album track, which too is used minimally. Visuals (especially in Himachal) are stunning, making you want to visit places like Shimla and Poh.

Highway - An Imtiaz Ali classic!

Highway – An Imtiaz Ali classic!

There is a high chance Highway may bomb at the box office, much like Kamal Haasan’s critically acclaimed Anbe Sivam, and the likes. Highway is not a movie you can go with your family to have a good laugh. It is nowhere close to your usual commercial cinema. You don’t see the hero entering the scene with the sound of trumpets deafening your ears. In fact, there is no hero. There is no story also, to think of it. Imtiaz Ali is the hero. Screenplay is the hero.

Highway is unconventional. It’s offbeat. And it’s awesome!