Production: Jaison Pullikottil, Vince Mangadan

Cast: Disha Pandey, Manobala, Prince, Richa Panai, Sethu Pillai

Story,Direction,Screenplay : Suresh P Kumar

Music : Manikanth Kadri

Cinematography: Venkata Hanuma

Dialogues: Suresh P Kumar

Editing: Jashuva

Manathil Mayam Seithai is a bilingual romantic film directed by debutant Suresh Kumar. The film stars Sethu, who makes a re-entry after Mynaa, Prince, Richa Panai and Disha Pandey. The film’s music is by Manikant Kadri, son of the legendary musician Kadri Gopinath, for whom this is his second Tamil film after Udayan.

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Vinmeeniley ★★★★☆

Singers: Karthik

Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar

This track based on the Natabhairavi raag, arouses the pop and desi feel , leading to a confident opening of the album. Karthik complements the lyric with his energetic voice. A special mention needs to be made on the 2nd interlude comprising sounds of Chenda, groovy bass lines and cello, giving an overall satisfaction.

Aha Mazhayium Ilai ★★★★☆

Singers : Haricharan, Hamsika Iyer

Lyrics: Na.Muthukumar

Gorgeous is the word ,that you can relate to this song. The tune is upbeat cum pleasant with cuddleness and sense of love across the  melody which has a strong stamp of Maand raag. The arrangement is the reason why this track shines in and has a festive mood set by nadaswaram, thavil, flute. Haricharan and Hamsika achieve splendid, but the latter’s voice seems like unprocessed record.  Nevertheless, the carnatic background works out!

Pesamal Pesum ★★★☆☆

Singers: Swetha Mohan, Vijay Yesudas

Lyrics: Yuga Bharathi

This is a decent and not the best one in the album because of its unintentional regularity followed in-terms of its tune and rhythm .Vijay Yesudas and Swetha Mohan perform convincingly and hence leaves you no choice, but to stay and hear for them .

Needhi Oru Naalum ★★★½☆

Singers: Palakkad Sreeram

Lyrics: Yuga Bharathi

A fast number based on carnatic raga Mayamalavagowla, sung by Palakad sreeram ,sets the song on fire from the very start to the end. The composer has dealt with a impressive set of konakol, alaapanas and strong rhythm.

Aha Mazhaiyum Ilai (reprise) ★★★★☆

Singers: Nikhil Mathew, Saptaparan Chakraborthy

Lyrics: Yuga Bharathi

An alternate version of the original ,which starts with similar kind of saxophone portion heard in Sowkiyamma ( from film “Sangamam”) and incidentally, Kadri Gopalnath has played the solos for this too. The voices of Nikhil Mathew and Saptaparan Chakraborthy are a perfect fit and melts your heart.

Picks of the AlbumVinmeeniley, Aha Mazhaiyum illai , Aha Mazhaiyum ilai (Reprise)

Bottomline:Manikanth kadri has not compromised on anything and doesn’t  go by a standard template in the entire album. He has fitted various genres like Jazz , pop , carnatic with the latter leaving the most impact. Listeners will definitely get a sigh of relief from hearing commercial hits. Hence Magic created  !!

Album Rating : ★★★★★★★½☆☆