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Peppy but unoriginal

July 24, 2008 12:15 IST

The glossy crimson cover speaks of the oodles of effort gone into the production of Poi Solla Porom (We're Going to Lie), produced by UTV Motion Pictures and Priyadarshan's 4 Frames Pictures.

And before the Tamil film comes to you, here's the music tuned by National award-winning singer of the Malayalam industry, M G Sreekumar. The lyrics have been penned by Na Muthukumar.

First off we have Kannamoochi Aattam sung by Karthik. The number begins with a blast of synthesised music, a la Thillana Thillana, and then at a variance with the enthusiastic beginning, segues into a steady beat with Karthik's rather angst-filled voice accompanied by sorrowful violin music, which takes over and merges with flutes. The lyrics seem to flit from the travails of a middle-class existence to heartache; from sadness to bittersweet memories. A brisk play of violins follows in the second section bringing you a tale of loss and sorrow even as bits and pieces of it remind you of Chinna Chinna Asai's interlude. The song deviates purposefully from set patterns. A pleasant piece.

In Oru Vaarthai Pesamal, the 60s and 70s Hindi music segments abruptly morph into modern thumping rhythms with Shreya Ghoshal's voice attempting a hip and strong rendering. You've heard chartbusters like Bobby a dozen times and it's a credit to the golden oldies that those tunes still have the power to make you sway. The lyrics are sweetly romantic, joining with a violin interlude that's clearly designed for the teeny-boppers.

Jaisey Gift's Ulagame Naadaga Medai starts with weird sound effects that seem to blend with bhangra beats. The lyrics clearly indicate this ought to be the song that establishes what the movie is all about. A potpourri of English phrases, percussion and growls follow. Jaisey's rather nasal but catchy voice takes over, extolling the virtues of lying. It's an exuberant sound with the tunes exploding in your ear, even if the musical pattern is oft-rendered.

Indha Payanathil, sung sweetly by Swetha, begins with a syrupy violin piece which carries over into an enthusiastic if cho-chweet lyrics about love, life, and overcoming obstacles. Nothing is Impossible, croons the chorus accompanied by a fresh guitar piece that segues into, surprisingly, the veena. The piano makes a welcome, if brief appearance as well, before vanishing into our own desi instruments. There's an abrupt shift into modern beats. Swetha obviously enjoyed the song -- it shows in her upbeat rendering. This one too is pleasant but the general tone reminds you a lot of Pulveli Pulveli … from Aasai.

Beginning with the tunes of Moonezhuthu Ketta Vaarthai, the song Gandhi Nottu Kaiyil Iruntha, thankfully branches off into yet another bhangra note-filled jamboree. Kailesh Kher's North Indian voice and pronunciation fit the musical ambience. It's a philosophical piece, commenting on the vagaries of man and society, while exhorting the listener to have a go at it right royally.

Ranjith's rendition of Indha Payanathil, once again is a joyful piece, complimenting Swetha's version and follows it phrase by musical phrase.

In a nutshell, Poi Solla Porom's music is a peppy, enthusiastic and just plain feel-good if unoriginal offering. Perhaps the picturisation will add some zest to the general musical ambience.

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Pavithra Srinivasan