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Poor chap, Prabhudeva

This Prabhudeva-Kaushalya starrer is all about a poor man. Can't say the music is very rich either

Deva makes the music for this Prabhu Deva and Kausalya starrer, whose title means "poor man's smile". While most songs are mediocre, Deva manages to turn them into neat packets of sound with, for example, a good bass guitar on Karu karu karuppayi, a chorus on Pacha kallumukkuthi and a violin ensemble on Sakkaravalli and Purave en...

Unnimenon sounds old in Karu karu karuppayi. The beat is folk, so are the percussion instruments, but the bass guitar transforms it into a modern song. The veena bit on the second interlude is charming as is the whole interlude. But instead of using a real harmonium, Deva resorts to the electronic variety, quite spoiling the folk effect. Anuradha Sriram sings in this duet.

In Purave en Unnimenon sings in a higher pitch in keeping with its Arabian style, and manages to bring some life into his voice. For Sujata the pitch is simply too high. The second interlude is romantic with a tinkling piano on swaying violins. The Arabian touch on the violins is the only interesting thing about the song.

In the second version of the song, Hariharan sings in place of Unnimenon and adds his ghazal-style flourishes. But the double octave range suits neither the male voices nor Sujata and leaves the listener feeling that this must be an impromptu rendition in the wrong pitch.

This is the only song with lyrics by Pazhanibharati. It is set to a pop orchestra. Other songs by K Subhash, and Sakkaravalli by Mutthukumar, mostly dwell in the folk idiom.

Yappa yappa Aiyappa is doing the rounds of the popular countdown shows. Filmed with Prabhu Deva's dance steps, the song is much like Tirupati ezhumalai venkatesa. Mano, Krishnaraj, Prabhudeva, Vivek and the lyricist K Subhash sing, while a chorus keeps chanting 'panam' (money). The song pleads with god Aiyappa to change the poor man's fate by giving him some money.


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