Production: GV Prakash Kumar, K Venkatesh, NPKS Logu
Cast: Kathir, Oviya, Viji Chandrasekhar
Story, Direction ,Screenplay, Dialogues: Vikram Sugumar
Music : NR
Cinematography: Rahul Dharman
Editing: Kishore Te
Distribution: GV Prakash Kumar Productions, JSK Film Corporation
Madha Yaanai Kootam is GV Prakash’s maiden production venture and Vikram Sugumaran turns director, after working under veteran Balu mahendra, Vetrimaaran. He had also penned the dialogues for the biggest hit of 2011 “Aadukalam”. The film has Kathir and Oviya in the lead characters with music by N.R. Raghunanthan.
The track seems to be pretty composed and starts off on a devotional note with the slight rubs of Dumru and dholak. Simple arrangement and steady singing with no improvised parts make it attractive and the track glitters with no music at all. Velmurugan has started to diverge from fun to hardcore playback with some purpose.
Singers: GV Prakash
G V Prakash stars and excels in a song composed ,with his own style of nasal blow and unusual punch in words after Yathe Yathe. It works out well right at the first hearing with the flutes, bass portions and drums dancing to the lovely lyrics.
Singers: Pushpavanam Kuppusamy, Anand Aravinakashan Vikram Sugumaran
A fast paced folk tune ,that changes personality to a mid-tempo romantic melody midway, has everything from a traditional native folk to classical portions . The occasion is well demarcated with singers selected ,best for their own portions.
Singers: Thanjai Selvi
A melancholy song describing a mother’s wailing based on Sriranjani raag , gets its lease of life through Thanjai Selvi’s immaculous delivery and voice will surely resonate in everyone’s ears. Just like the other songs in the album , Ekadesi provides profound lines for this number.
Singers: Hari Charan, Monali Thakur
Compared to the preceding tracks , this one is designed like a usual melody with the use of flute and guitar strumming . It is based on Abheri raag and once the singers join, the song hooks the listeners with its gentleness.
To finish off the album, there is a family-tale rendered in a rhetoric and narrative style by Thiruvudaiyan with just the vocals dominating a single ,flat music pattern. The lyrics are expressive in explaining the social elements of “Madhai Yaanai”community indulged with their rituals.
Picks of the album – Every song in the album , due to its simple music fill and striking lyrical writing.
Bottomline – One would expect a bunch of masala songs, melodies in a standard package for a rural-centric film , but this turns out to be a brilliant album , which needs a keen eye for the lyrics and the music by N.R.Raghunathan secures the winner position ,just like his previous albums have made a really good impact on the listeners. The line-up of this “Madha Yannai” group will drive you musically mad.
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