Carry on Crazy
Kamala Hasan's latest comedy Pammal K Sambandham has music by Deva, who gives two worthwhile tunes
Pammal K Sambandham
Pammal Sambandham was a noted theatre personality. Just as was Avvai Shanmughi, whose name Kamala Hasan adopted for an earlier comedy based on Mrs Doubtfire. There is some doubt about the inspiration behind his latest comedy where he plays the role of a stuntman and confirmed bachelor who gets hooked on Simran. He also tries first to help along the romance of another couple (Abbas and Sneha) and later tries to break it up. You can trust Kamala Hasan and Crazy Mohan, the superbly witty dialogue writer of hits like Michael Madanakamarajan, to transform this storyline into a situational comedy and a riot of puns.
Deva, the music director for this production, does a decent job. The song I liked most for its warm listening experience was the Hariharan-Chitra duet Sakalakalavallavane. The bass keeps perky time. Hariharan is in form, and comes up with some tender alaap phrasing both on main melody and in the interlude. Reminded me of Chinna chinna kiliye.
KK sings Penne a song about the drastic effects of love, its "naragasugam" (hellish pleasure). The low African drums and the bass play a bleak unchanging pattern (like that of a steadily chugging train).
Kamal sings a tappan koothu song. His singing shows the kind of dramatic expression that singers are often incapable of. His style lends itself to folk numbers like this one, just as it does to raga-based stuff like Sundari neeyum from Michael Madanakamarajan, and you can see that he is thinking of the cinematic situation even as he sings. This number is like Annaathe varaaru from Apoorva Sahodarargal. The song pokes fun at the after effects of marriage and Annaathe (Kamal) takes a I-told-you-so tone to his expostulations on how marriage can even shrink a super body! A pathetic violin plays Karnatak phrases in the interlude just to add that zany touch. The street language gives it a twist in phrases like Light-a sonnaaru, Multi colour ayya sami! A harmonica adds its irreverant voice to all this.
Anuradha Sriram's voice is unrecognisable and low in her version of the KK song Endi chudamani, a feminine version of "love pains" or Kaadhal vali. She sings like an old woman, emphasising folksy flourishes. The space sounds, the sudden wails, screams, claps and ululations are well arranged.
Aada modigalada , a kriti in raga Charukesi by Thyagaraja marks the beginning of Gatothkacha,, a fast-paced unremarkable song. Mahalaxmi Iyer and Srinivas.
Deva tries to match the comical and romantic passages of the film with melodic equivalents. I would say he gets there most of the time. One good number per album seems to be his average. In this he has two, so you could add them to his hitlist that includes Chinna chinna kiliye from Kannedire Thonrinaal and Engengo from Nerukku Ner. Have to listen to his Ajit starrer Red to see if he has come up with more hits.
S Suchitra Lata
Published on 24 January
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