The most-anticipated film of this year, Naan Kadavul, the Arya starrer Bala film will be released all over on February 6. The film’s portrayal of the lives of corpse-eating Agori Sanyasis is already being widely gossiped about though Naan Kadavul can claim escaping the censor’s scissors and coming out almost unscathed with a U/A certificate.Besides, it is also news that Bala has retained his unique touch of a cannibalistic climax in the film. It is to be noted that Bala’s Pidhamagan also had a revolting scene of Vikram strangling the villain by biting into his neck.

The recently released Naan Kadavul’s music has already topped the charts with Ilayaraja’s mellifluous music. Pooja plays the female lead and is believed to have delivered a performance slated to be her career best so far.

Simbhudevan’s next

January 26, 2009

Looks like ‘Arai En…’ has not tired out Simbhudevan’s creative soul. He is up and running with his next venture, the announcement of which is likely to be heard soon. Groundwork of the project has already begun and he has finalized the lead actors of the yet-to-be-titled movie. Sources close to the director claim that the movie will have Lawrence and Sada in the lead.

Sada is trying to get a grip in Hindi and has pinned up her hopes in her upcoming release Khalbali. She also has the Madhavan starrer Leelai in the cans in Tamil.

Slumdog Millionaire bags ten nominations for Oscars at a ceremony held at Los Angeles, USA.

Director of the movie Danny Boyle has been nominated in the Best Director category. Screenplay writer Simon Beaufoy has been nominated in the Best Adapted Screenplay category. The movie itself – Slumdog Millionaire
A R Rahman has been nominated in the Best Motion Picture category.

Music director, A.R.Rahman has been nominated for two catergories – Best Original Score & Best Original Song. Two of the songs – ‘Jai ho!’ & ‘O saya’ have been nominated under Best Original Song category.

Trisha in Sathyaraj’s film

January 21, 2009

Sathyaraj’s Telugu film is shaping up with the other cast members being added to the existing list. Gopichand will play the lead and Trisha is roped in as his heroine. It is also speculated that Trisha could be playing Sathyaraj’s daughter in law to be in the film – a role that Sathyaraj would instantly have turned down in Tamil because it has dark shades.
Interestingly, the film’s lead Gopichand is a villain-turned-hero in the Telugu film industry.

Ayan Music Review

January 21, 2009

Produced by AVM Productions, directed by K.V.Anand and starring Suriya, Tamanna, Karunas, Prabhu Ganesan and others. The word Ayan is supposed to mean ‘matchless, flawless, unbeatable, Brahmma’ mainly. This film is supposed to be the first of its kind in a particular new genre. It talks about a specific set of city-dwelling people, whose lives are filled with fear(!) Harris Jayaraj has scored music for the movie, tuning five songs in all. Shooting seems to have been done in Malaysia, South Africa and Zanzibar. We can look forward to a couple of excellent fight sequences too.

Pala palakkira…
Vocals: Hariharan
Lyrics: Na.Muthukumar

Funny, Hariharan seems to have done a Shankar Mahadevan here! Nice to hear him express himself in a fast number. Catchy rhythms (some native ones too), lively trumpets, tender guitar sounds that blend with soft female humming in the charanams, all make it a busy number, probably accompanied by some rapid dancing on the screen. The song exhorts youngsters to break out of self-imposed moulds and live life colorfully. Easy lyrics of course, from Muthukumar. Some delicate sangatis from Hariharan,especially in ‘koottai nee thaandi vittal’.

Nenje Nenje…
Vocals: Harish Raghavendra, Mahati
Lyrics: Vairamuthu

Pleasing lyrics for this duet and sung with such fine articulation by both. Conceived on the Natabairavi scale, this song has delicate string sounds, especially violin and guitar built into it. Is that the clarinet that sounds along with the violins 3 minutes into the song? Wispy sangatis! And when the lady goes ‘deham malaraagum’, the flute stylishly goes ‘dha ni ga ri sa’. But at the end of it, you somehow feel the rhythm is too rigid for the mood of the song.

Honey, Honey…
Vocals: Sayanora Philip, Devan
Lyrics: Pa.Vijay

Now, is this a sequel to ‘Dhikku Dhikku’? Strong rhythms and synthesizer sounds that vaguely make you recall Afro-American music. But interestingly conceived and an unconventional voice. Has the song been shot in an exotic locale? Lyrics drip with seduction.

Vizhi Moodi…
Vocals: Karthik
Lyrics: Na.Muthukumar

This number shines for Karthik’s fine vocals, good tabla work, very stylish use of harmonica sounds that go ‘sa sa sa sa sa ni—pa, pa ni dha pa’, and the creative blending of ganjira, hand claps and female vocal humming that adds a certain teasing quality to the piece. A song of yearning whose rhythms make you recall some snatches from his own ‘Vaaranam Aayiram’. But likely to be relished as it is well put together. Looks like the Harikamboji scale is used.

Oyaayiye…
Vocals: Benny Dayal, Haricharan and Chinmayi
Lyrics: Pa.Vijay

Another offshoot of ‘Adiye Kolluthe’ inspiration? Anyway is quite trendy and it is great to see Chinmayi rise to the demands of such a piece. The violins, guitar and other string sounds have been carefully airbrushed into the song, as the rhythms override them all. Could catch the fancy of youngsters if picturised well.

Verdict:

Harris Jayaraj’s crafting is elegant as ever. But what disappoints us here slightly is that the songs have influences of his earlier albums here and there, which could have been avoided. Harris does have it in him to give us many more ‘wah wah’ numbers.

After story, screenplay, dialogues, direction, lyrics and over the top cameos, Perarasu has now decided that he is going to handle one more key aspect of his movies – music. Yes, Perarasu has decided to turn composer. Well, there is only one man in Kollywood who can juggle more things at the same time and that is T. Rajendar who also manages to take care of cinematography and editing of his movies.

We don’t know much about Perarasu’s skills in music. But we do know that he is a man of unique ways, especially in the way he names his movies. Let’s wait and watch what he dishes out in his new self assumed role.

Get ready to listen ‘Ayan’ songs from 19 January. The much-awaited audio of ‘Ayan’, from the stable of AVM Productions will be out from 19 January.

‘Ayan’ stars Suriya and Tamanna in the lead roles and is directed by cinematographer K V Anand. Harris Jeyaraj has come up with half-a-dozen peppy numbers.

Speaking about the film, Anand says, ‘Doing a movie for the AVM banner is not easy. One has to keep reputation of the production house intact. We planned everything and thank Almighty, everything went on well. It will be an entertainer with Suriya at his best’.

Harris Jayaraj’s musical score is a strong point, he says.  Produced by M Saravanan, M S Guhan, Aruna Guhan and Aparna Guhan, ‘Ayan’ is ready for release soon.