Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Baana Kaathadi - Yuvan flies high

Baana Kaathadi is the latest venture of Sathyajothi Films after the clean family entertainer 'Jayam Kondaan'. The movie launches actor Murali's son Adharva who pairs up with another debutante in Tamil Samantha who has acted in 'Ye Maaya Chesave' the Telugu version of 'Vinnaithandi Varuvaya'. Prasanna plays an important role and Karunaas is the comedian.

The film is written and directed by Badri Venkatesh and produced by Sathyajothi Films' Senthil Thyagarajan and T Arjun. The audio of 'Baana Kaathadi' was released on 30 April at Sathyam Cinemas in Chennai.

Baana Kaathadi's music is composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja. The album features 5 songs and interestingly 4 of them are solo numbers. Two are written by Na. Muthukumar and Vaali, Snehan and Gangai Amaran have written each one song. However the album doesn't feature the remix of the 'Aathadi Paavadai' from 'Poovilangu', Murali's debut film as reported by media earlier.

The film is advertised as a 'Yuvan Shankar Raja Musical' and there are reasons for that.

1. Thaakkuthe - Listen here

Singer: Yuvan Shankar Raja

Lyricist: Vaali

Conforming to Singer Yuvan's genre, Thaakkuthe is his usual tune. But surprisingly no major instrumentation except the for base drum beats. Bass drum background beats are racier than his usual. Yuvan has relied on simple beats and as a master he handles them well. It works folks. Yuvan knows what we want. Repeated listening will make it a bigger hit. An ARR trait? Pick of the pack.

2. Oru Paithiyam Pidikudhu - Listen here

Singer: Karthik

Lyricist: Na. Muthukumar

With funky beats Singer Karthik has tried 'Oru Paithiyam Pidikudhu' in a new voice. The pace is also differently slow when compared to usual Yuvan pace for this kind of romantic solos. Again here there is no big orchestration. Simple piano takes the song through. Intermittent male harmony and the female humming is a value addition.

3. Kuppathu Rajakal - Listen here

Singers: Haricharan, Rahul Nambiar, Sathyan

Lyricist: Snehan

A street smart song with some 'Pattiyal' hangover.  The young boys of North Chennai singing in their elements. Snehan who is an expert of this kind of 'pettai' numbers has done even better. Nicely matched.

4. En Nenjil - Listen here

Singer: Sadhana Sargam

Lyricist: Na. Muthukumar

Sadhana Sargam's "En Nenjil" is another romantic solo from the girl's perspective. Flutes, violins and strings accompaniments are all great. Sometimes the soft voice of Sadhana Sargam is over powered by the music.

5. Ullara Poondhu - Listen here

Singer: Roshini

Lyricist: Gangai Amaran

This may be an item song to impress the front benchers. Yuvan has not tried too much for this song, yet it has not stooped to routine level. Only this song has used maximum instruments in thee entire album. Gangai Amaran has proved he can write item masala song even for the present generation. Roshini's vocal fits perfectly for the genre.

One striking thing in this album is that the orchestration and instrumentation in all songs is very minimal which is not Yuvan. You may even feel the album has traces of his earlier films like 'Sarvam' and 'Siva Manasula Sakthi' but it intelligently catered for the tastes of young generations. There are no ritzy beats either. The album may not be have the Yuvan trade marks but strikes you differently. After listening to consecutive chartbusters from Yuvan like 'Goa' and 'Paiyaa' this may take you by surprise. But…Forget Yuvan's recent films and listen to the songs of 'Baana Kaathadi' fresh. Surely you will like them.



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