Livingstone, Kaushalya and Sanghavi
(Kannada star Aarti's niece) star in this politely titled film. Does it want to remind viewers of Kaun Banega Crorepati or Sun TV's parallel programme Koteeswaran whose anchors, Amitabh Bachchan and Sharat Kumar use the phrase all the time in English as well as in Hindi and Tamil translations?
Bharani's music fared as badly as the film Parvai Ondre podhum
starring Kunal and Monal (Simran's sister). Here he does not seem to make up in any way.
Alai alaiyai by Unnikrishnan and
Harini might remind you of some S A Rajkumar and Deva music. But while this is neat
in orchestration it does not shine as a tune. The romantic lyrics
go as far as naming the lover the Sevvai of her Sevvai
graham(the Mars in her horoscope's house of Mars?!).
by Unnimenon does not rise to a memorable level. Some flute and
violin phrases thrown in without much thought to the folksy rhythm
base make the song a thoughtless affair. Hariharan renders a
livelier version on Side B. This song is by Vijay. Other lyricists
on this album are L Sarvanan and Punyamurthy.
Krishnaraj, whose Eechi elumicche from Taj Mahal still stays with me, sings Cinema parkalam. This song works like a
general advertisement for cinema and its beneficial effects on
viewers who can forget their worries and relax. Unremarkable.
rukumani by Swarnalatha and Harish is fast paced, with tavils,
udukkai, tapates and has a very Tamil folk touch to it. One of the
better songs with a definite tune identity.
kumba by Swarnalatha starts off like a typical Indian film
interpretation of an African tribal song. A voice intoning strange
syllables on a deep bass drum. Then Swarnalatha goes on to sing a
rather disco-ish tune.
perhaps needs to look at tunes as having their own life and
character. He seems to treat them as inanimate objects to which he
can attach a flute or violin ensemble in the bits and the interludes
without much care for the inate structure of the tune he makes. The
result is that they lack character and don't hold together.
S Suchitra Lata
17th July 2001
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