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Music Review:Oy(Yuvan Shankar Raja)

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In the dog eat dog world of telugu filmdom Siddharth has gradually created a niche for himself amongst film audiences with his enthusiastic and earnest acting.But more often than not he has contrived to fail, frittering away his energies in vapid movies like Chukkallo Chandrudu and Aata.Time to show Bommarillu and KIKK were not mere flashes in the pan?
Ditto with Yuvan Shankar Raja.A leviathan in the tamil film industry he has often succumbed to speciousness if not spuriousness.This fall in standards can be attributed partly to the high workloads he inflicts on himself.A case of biting of more than he can chew.As a result his harvest has been in a state of precipitous decline.His last four OST’s in tamil Siva Manasula Shakti,Sarvam,Vamanan and Muthirai were not bad.They weren’t good either.It is this complacency that bleeds Yuvan.Can he stem the tide?

Saradaga has Yuvan using one of his stock tunes but to good effect.While Sunidhi adds a dreamy effusiveness to the song Karthik(bless him) is in top form.It is the singers who make the middle of the road tune seem like a breeze.
It’s hard not to revel when Shreya Ghoshal sings Anukoledenadu.Her unbridled, girly way of singing infuses life into even a dead man.Yuvan keeps the backgrounds to a low hum and that draws all the more spotlight towards Shreya’s sprightly rendition.
Oy Oy, the title song, trickles in, in the first 15 secs and then the percussion kicks in just when you were expecting something else.Siddhrath’s bouncy vocals are devoid of his ticklish accent, possibly due to the wondrous advancements in sound recording?The lyrics too sustain the conniption.The female vocal interludes though sound as if they were straight out of a Ramana Gogula composition.The boy band style though is maha catchy.
Seheri unmasks another effulgent aspect of Yuvan-His expertise at conjuring something splendidly catchy out of sheer nothingness.Watch out for the hook lines that are astonishingly infectious.Toshi (I hope it’s not Tochi because if it is I’ll have to call the lawyers) instills waywardness into the proceedings with a calculated carelessness.The peculiar trance like quality is also mesmerizing.
KKs inherently melancholic vocals inject even more poignancy into Waiting For You.Yuvan prudently subdues the backgrounds thus italicizing the vocals.
For me Povaodhe Prema is the crowning glory of the OST.Yuvan’s minimalist tune is lugubrious alright but it is his own singing (my god!) that is heartrendingly plaintive. Look how he rounds off the pallavi straining his tonsils to create the desired impact.Lump in the throat for sure.

Yuvan deserves more than a pat or a brownie point for Oy, for here he showcases what he is capable of-A delectably gratifying aural delight!

My Picks-Povaodhe Prema,Sheheri,Waiting For You

My Rating-Four Cheers!!!!(I’m being lenient here,but I’m overjoyed,So there!)

(Added on May 25):

PS: News reports, especially interviews with the lead actor suggest that he has himself contributed to the OST in the form of a ‘Music Producer’. This capacity according to him is being done for the first time in India. Music Producers are common in the vicinity of Beverly Hills. Way to go Siddharth!

Aanandha Thaandavam(Telugu)(GV Prakash)

The album starts of with the queer Bangaru Bidda that has Naresh Iyer singing the opening lines in an affected manner but thankfully the song smoothens into a veritable melody.Kalekantini with its classical touches and skillful singing makes it rise above the crowd.Megam Pola in tamil becomes Meghamalle but retains its frenetic pace carried forward by Harish Raghavendra.Meghamalle though has a dated feel to it reminiscent of KV Mahadevan’s musical scores of yore.Neelakasam and Poovune are delightful melodies that warm the heart.The latter especially is an absolute charmer set to a lilting dulcet tune.

Aanandha Thandavam has its heart in the right place and will find its place among good melodies.GV Prakash comes up with an honest and sincere soundtrack that only adds laurels to his curriculam vitae.

My Picks-Neelakasam,Poovune

My Rating-Three Cheers!!!

PS:I found the lyrics downright funny as is the case with dubbed tamil movies.Ah! When will we get some good transliteratists!!!

Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam Movie Review

Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam is an engaging take on the subject of human relationships.Sidhu(Siddharth) ia a freebird and after completing his MBA he has nothing to do except for flirting with girls whom his mother(Ramya Krishna) teaches as a lecturer.Sidhu’s father(Prakash Raj) is divorced from Ramya since 18 years and Sidhu divides his time between his mother and father.Meanwhile he meets Geeta(Tamanna), who has come from her village for higher studies,through his friends.Slowly the hate between them transforms into love.Sidhu goes to Geeta’s village to claim her hand from her father,Subramanyam(Nazr).Subramanyam is against the marriage and promises to marry them both only if Sidhu is able to unite his divorced parents.That is the story till interval.From then on it proceeds to show how Sidhu brings his parents together and marries Geeta.

The entire movie is sprinkled with iridescent and thought provoking dialogues(Abburi Ravi,is in top form and reminds us of Bommarillu).The cast deliver a knock out performance.Siddharth is redoubtable in his performance.For a change the heroine is given a meaty role and Tamanna essays it exceedingly well.She pitches it high and matches Siddharth’s hyper persona with ease.Prakash Raj is eminently watchable as the workaholic dad who has no time for his family.His tough exterior belies his inner vulnerability.Only he could have played it and he plays it with characteristic panache.Ramya Krishna,the yesteryear heroine,is a pleasant surprise and  dons the role of a mother with ease.Nazr suits the role of heroine’s father to T.Brahmanandam and Venu Madhav provide riproaring slapstick comic scenes.The former takes the cake with his antics as ‘Gachibowli Diwakar’.His characterisation is conceptualised well by the writer.

The film is technically sound.Cinematography captures the mood well.Background Score is efficient.Editing by Sreekar Prasad is apt and suitable.The breezy score by Shankar Ehsaan Loy accentuates the movie and does not intrude into the narrative.

The film needs to be savoured bit by bit as it moves at a leisurely pace.There is no dull moment because of the light treatment given to the film.The director(Kishore Kumar) deserves praise for taking a new theme and executing it well.The film stands for family values and probity and needs to be watched for its sparkling performances and dialogues.Highly Recommended!!!

Rating-Three Cheers!!!

Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam-Shankar Ehsaan Loy

Shankar Ehsaan and Loy the musical trio who rocked the music scene with Rock On make their foray into regional music and have come up with their score for Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam.

Egire has attitude written all over it be it the blaring electronic guitar riffs or the accented vocals of Raman Mahadevan.The track is energetic and sounds cool.Anandama sounds melodious due to the well nuanced rendition by Shankar Mahadevan.Abacha is banal and stale and is marred due to the bad tune.The title track Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam is bouncy and groovy and is sung  brilliantly by Shankar himself.Evade Subramanyam sounds  funny when the singer repeats the hook but the rest of the song has nothinggreat to write home about.Sonu Nigam tiptoes his way through Anta Siddanga.His discomfort in singing telugu is apparent as he never settles into the song.The tune itself is not bad and leaving out the bad pronunciation it gives a good account of itself.Unnikrishnan sounds dreary in the middling Enduku Chentaki.The song begins well but loses its way in the middle. Panchirey has a great energy to it especially when the male singer enters the scene and keeps the flag flying  for the soundtrack.It is a high octane song that just about makes a mark.

Overall SEL dish out above average stuff in KIKK.

My Picks-Anandama,Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam

Rating-Three Cheers!!