Nearly 25 years and the successful journey of Chartbusters from Manirathnam-AR Rahman continue with the same fresh appealing music incessantly wooing us. With ‘O Kadhal Kanmani’, it’s a new line of music that Rahman attempts. The film stars Dulquer Salman and Nithya Menon in lead roles with Vairamuthu penning lyrics and surprisingly, AR Rahman and Manirathnam have written a song as well.
Singers: Aaryan Dinesh Kanagaratnam, Darshana & Shashaa Tirupati
The song had us enchanted when he heard it over first the look teaser and theatrical trailer. Darshana and Shashaa Tirupati give their best energy, but what turns the song more engaging is the rap by Aaryan Dinesh Kanagaratnam who created a huge sensation on his previous collaboration with AR Rahman in ‘Magudi Magudi’ from Kadal.
Completely western and AR Rahman brings in his favourite Karthik. Although the singer sounds too hackneyed with no attempts to modulate his style, but the song has its own feel and gradually keeps us engrossed with the musical accompaniments of guitars and percussions.
Parandhu Sella Vaa
Singer: Karthik and Shashaa Tirupati
Nothing greatly impressive with the track and it’s so hackneyed. AR Rahman has attempted something different and westernized, but the real magic of Rahman is missing here that was so much prevalent in his erstwhile movies with Manirathnam.
Mental Manadhil (Male)
Singers: AR Rahman & Jonita Gandhi
Lyrics: Mani Ratnam, AR Rahman
The cherry pick of this album and it has been fervently making the best waves from the time this single track release was made. The mixing of sound, editing and much more than anything, it’s AR Rahman’s magical voice that keeps us relentlessly for the track over and again.
Singers - Shashaa Tirupati & Sathya Prakash
It would be more like many other AR Rahman songs, which will slightly capture our senses. The melodic spell has some best instrumentals. Shashaa Tirupati bestows the song with her beauteous rendition and Sathya Prakash to his part embellishes the song effectively.
Singer: A.R. Rahman, Darshana & Nikhita Gandhi
Considerably, this song makes the top of list from rest of the tracks and it’s a mesmerising number that will you transfixed. As soulful as it takes you back to the ‘Dil Gira’ from Delhi 6. Darshana and Nikhita Gandhi make the best spell and the classical portions involving their vocalism is so much spellbinding.
Mental Manadhil (Female Version)
Singer: Jonita Gandhi
Apparently, the song is not as much impressive as the male version crooned by AR Rahman. Jonita Gandhi who accompanied Rahman in the other version has rendered this track. Nevertheless, with some classical touch, it doesn’t impress you vividly.
Singers – Chitra and AR Rahman
Awe-inspiring and only relief in the song, which makes you get addicted. Chitra as usual brings an embracing music with a great flow and she yet again proves there is none to replace here. The classical tune by Rahman is the greatest bliss here. AR Rahman joins the song during the final moments.
Maula Wa Sallim
Singer: A.R. Ameen
The album ends with the additional attraction of A.R. Ameen, Rahman’s son crooning a number. The Urdu number is seemingly cited from Quran, perhaps or some Islamic holy scriptures. We aren’t sure what’s the situation for the song and lyrical lines aren’t not understandable for its language barrier. But all that we can sense is that the young musical hero Ameen is on the rise.
On the whole, O Kadhal Kanmani is a blend of unique genres, but everything comes in a mix of classical and westernized mix. ‘Theera Ulaa’, ‘Malargalai Kettaen’ and ‘Mental Manadhil’ are the cherry-picks of this album and rest might click after repeated airings.
Verdict: Three stars for ‘Theera Ulaa’, ‘Malargalai Kettaen’ and ‘Mental Manadhil’.
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