Vinnaithandi Varuvaya is definitely one of the much-awaited albums of the year. It’s the first Tamil album after Rahman’s Twin Oscars. It created a stir when Gautam Menon had clash with his aasthana Muisc Director Harris Jayaraj and joined hands with A.R.Rahman. The expectation became higher when the movie stills were released which resembled the popular stills from the movies like Alaipayuthe, Uyire, Minsara Kanavu, etc. It happened to be the first Tamil film for which the Audio release function held at London instead of our own Chennai. Since that day I was googling to download the songs. Atlast I got the chance to listen to it in my friend Bala’s system. I was greatly disappointed after listening to 2-3 songs. It neither has the A.R.R stamp nor the Gautam Menon style, not even the Simbhuish peppiness.
I had great expectation for Mannippaya just for Shreya. She has fulfilled my expectation. She has done an excellent job. Her Tamil pronunciation is just awesome. Much better than munbe vaa.But A.R.R’s part is a let down as the lyrics are not clear when he sings. Karthik is at his best as always. The title song can be sung only by Karthik with his magic voice. Other than these songs I dont like any other. Hosanna created waves during VTV’s audio release. It starts like a pathos number and goes on like a foot-tapping number. But the preludes and interludes remind me Azhagiya Cinderella from Kangalal Kaidhu Sei and Tu Muskura from Yuvvraj. Anbil avan is just okay and it would be better if Devan is replaced by some other singer. One thing is clear that the heroine is a Mallu in the movie because of Omana Penne and a full Malayalam song Aaromale. Both are not my cuppa. Surprisingly the lyrics of Aaromale was penned by Kalyani Menon, Gautam’s mentor Rajeev Menon’s mother. Still I cant catch the song Kannukul kannai’s lyrics by Naresh Iyer which is more like Naresh’s Karu karu vizhigalaal from Pachaikkili Muthucharam with again with the Cello preludes like Yuvvraj. The audio sales may create records but the music is not upto the standards set by our own Rahman and Gautam too. Even the mediocre flick Blue has some amazing songs like Fiqraana and Rehanuma.
Overall, it is the perfect example of “Too much of anything is good for nothing.” Hope the Mozartof Madras will not disapppoint in his next, Mani Ratnam’s Asokavanam/Raavan
P.S : Generally A.R.R’s songs are like Dhanush. Kettadhume pidikkadhu, kekka kekkathaan pidikkum. So hope I may like it after a couple of weeks.