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An enjoyable Arai Enn 305 il Kadavul

Last updated on: April 09, 2008 13:38 IST

After their phenomenally successful venture Imsai Arasan 23 am Pulikesi, Shankar's S Productions and Simbudevan are back with another Tamil comedy flick, Arai Enn 305 il Kadavul.

The film stars comedians, Santhanam and Ganja Karuppu. Vidyasagar has done the music for the film.

One highly commendable factor of this album is the enticing background score with regaling instrumental arrangement and impressive rhythmic compositions. But it is ironical that a seasoned composer like Vidyasagar has to kick off his album with a remix!

The opening track Atatata… nangal than kadavulada by Vineeth and Jayamurthy is a remix or rather a spoof of an old Tamil film song Kasae than kadavulada athu kadavulukkum theriyumada.

The number is vibrant and alive with good rhythm and a bit of rap and hip-hop thrown in for good measure. Pa Vijay's lyrics portray the indolent youth and their fantasies. Both the singers' clear diction and powerful rendition have sustained the tempo of this piece.

Up next is Kadhal sei rendered by the composer himself. The tune is bland and hackneyed and Vidyasagar himself sounds quite amateurish. Na Muthukumar's lyrics talks about loving each other and everything. Instrumental interludes have a subtle classical touch with a bit of whistling at the end.

Following this, we have the gem of a song, Avaram poovukkum rendered by Shreya Ghosal. The number starts with fast paced beats initially creating a false impression of a racy piece, and then pleasingly changes to melodious folk genre.

Kabilan's lyrics present a portrait of a girl soaked in love's ecstasy. And undoubtedly Shreya is the perfect choice to render this astoundingly felicitous piece. She sweeps you off your feet with her mellifluous rendition in her caressingly soft voice.

Though her diction is not up to the mark, all this fades into insignificance in the light of the great feel and tonal modulation she brings to this exotic piece. The number is soothing like a lullaby and definitely deserves a replay.

Thendralukku nee by Karthik and Swetha Mohan is a joyful love duet with an absorbing instrumental beginning.

Yugabharathi makes the lovers mouth some abstract metaphors while expressing their love for each other. The lyrics have a slight sensuous touch in places. The way Karthik strengthens and drops his voice at the right places is commendable. Swetha's rendition is as usual smooth flowing.

The flute prelude is apt for the next number Kuraiondrumillai by Harini, as it is a devotional piece with an undercurrent of pathos addressing Lord Krishna.

Harini's sensitive interpretation in her delicately structured voice is the highlight of this piece. Muthulingam's lyrics are packed with intense emotions. The number has a Hindustani flavour. You can really lose yourself in the solo flute alignments of the interlude.

The final piece is an encore of the elegant Avaram poovukkum. Undoubtedly the right way to wind up this listener-friendly album.

A good buy indeed.

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Saraswathy Srinivas