Cast : Nani, Samantha, Anupama Kumar, Ravi Ragavendra

Music : Ilaiyaraja

Lyrics : Anantha Sreeram

Story, Screenplay: Gowtham Vasudev Menon

Dialogues : Gowtham Vasudev Menon

Costumes : Nalini Sriram

Cinematography : M. S Prabhu

Editing : Antony

Direction : Gowtham Vasudev Menon

      Song       Singers     Rating
Yedhi Yedhi Shaan, Ramya NSK    ★★★★½
Atu Itu Sunidhi Chauhan    ★★★★☆
Ardhamayyindinte Inthena Yuvan Shankar Raja    ★★★½☆
Laayi Laayi Ilaiyaraja, Bele Shende   ★★★★½
Koti Koti Karthik   ★★★★☆
Inthakaalam Ramya NSK   ★★★½☆
Nachaledu Maava Suraj Jagan, Karthik    ★★★★☆
Yenthentha Dhooram Karthik    ★★★★½

 Album Analysis :

1. Koti Koti

Singers : Karthik

A small glimpse of the prelude by any common man & phat ! the reply would instantly be “Raja”. This song is just Raja going back to his best with his orchestration & Karthik renders this tough song quite beautifully. This song is very jazzy with improved usage of clarinets & strings. As the song goes by, u remain glued to it as it only gets better. Class redefined !

 2. Yedhi Yedhi

Singers : Shaan, Ramya NSK

The soundtrack’s most mesmerizing song. Though Yuvan had sung it in the Tamil version, he is replaced by Shaan here & does a neat job. The extra softness in his voice will suit Nani more easily. This smooth melody is supported extremely well by the background guitar strumming which makes the song crispier. This song takes us back to the days of glorious duets of Ilaiyaraja of 80’s. Ramya deserves a special mention here coz there is a subtle element of huskiness in her voice which makes the song, a must hear.

3. Atu Itu

Singers : Sunidhi Chauhan

Sunidhi Chauhan is there almost in every hindi album. This time, she teams up with Raja for this powerful song. Atu Itu describes the girl’s feelings for her love(or loss of love). The string section plays a major role in keeping the emotion of the song high. The orchestration during the first interlude is mind-blowing. The chorus portion is simply the show stopper.

4. Inthakaalam

Singers : Ramya NSK

Another female oriented powerful song. The orchestral backgrounds support Ramya’s voice & Raja does another magic here. The layering of flute, strings in the preludes, interludes are just mind-blowing.Award deserving composition & singing !

5. Nachaledu Maava

Singers : Suraj Jagan, Karthik

A couple of seconds into this song & you would wonder whether you are hearing any English rock number. The guitar pieces dominate this song. The arrangements are rockingly stylish. The lyrics give the “No More Education” feel where the hero is supposed to be dancing with his college mates. All of a sudden, this song takes a sudden turn & the singers go wild. High on energy, fun track !

6. Laayi Laayi

Singers : Ilaiyaraja, Bela Shende

My personal favourite ! This song is just vintage Raja. This song just oozes class all over it. I can’t think of a better person to compose & sing a song like this which is sure to be etched in our memory. Not for the first time, the maestro has got it right. The lyrics seem magical, the vocals mesmerizing, the instrumentation top-class along the lines of “Thendral Vandhu Theendum” song. Speechless !

7. Ardhamayyindinte Inthena

Singers : Yuvan Shankar Raja

A complete rock number ! Yuvan manages this high-pinched song but his Telugu diction is not upto the mark. There is too much of dark tone over this song & it looks more of a Yuvan song and not a typical Raja number. The “I hate u girl” type songs seem to suit him but instead of expressing the sadness and agony of the guy, all these type of songs end up expressing hatred. (A trend I reckon will change). This song would still appeal to youngsters but it’s the least appealing in the album.

8. Yenthentha Dhooram

Singers : Karthik

This song, already popular kudos to the teasers is Raja at his best. Karthik renders this number pitch-perfect. The prelude, interludes are just awesome. Though, this song might feel a bit outdated, one has to keep in mind that the movie happens in 70’s, 80’s. So, the feel for the song is just apt. The 2nd interlude is very clever in the sense that it has shades of “Mouna Ragam” theme music which was quite recently heard in “Cheeni Kum” & the lyrics are just top-notch.

            Lot of eyeballs rolled when it was announced that Raja will be teaming up with GVM. Gowtham has a neat history of providing nice musicals(Surya s/o Krishnan, Raghavan, Gharshana, Ye Maya Chesave) & the trend seems to continue in YVM also. Ilaiyaraja has proved time and again that he is the epitome of music. Each and every song just ooze class & the Raja stamp is there in every song. 50 years later when things have changed, this album will still be talked about, whatsoever. This album does rate itself along the lines of Raja’s romantic albums like Ninaivellam Nithya, Mouna Ragam, Nenjathai Killadhey, Geethanjali, Punnagai Mannan, Pudhu Kavithai, Hearing a Raja album like this is like watching Sachin thrash bowlers at this age. Sheer Delight !

Picks of the album : Difficult to pick ! Everything is gonna be evergreen !

Album Verdict : Celebration of Music ! Celebration of Raja !

Album ★★★★★★★★½☆