So once again the hit combination of Sharan and you is coming. Why is that you give your best when working with Sharan
We started our careers in Tamil together. Our first film 'Kadhal Mannan' was talked about for its music. Then came 'Parthein Rasithein', 'Amarkkalam', and ‘Gemini’ and 'Jay Jay', the songs of all four films were hits. Sharan and I have established a good rapport over the years. There are six songs in Vasool Raja. KK- Shreya Ghosal, Hariharan- Sadhana Sargam number and Kamal- myself and VNP have sung a rollicking number Alwarpet andava which is bound to be a hit. Yet another jolly number from Kamal- Sathyan is `Kalaka pogguirthu yaar nithaan’, Karunas wife Gracy has also sung a song . I have sung a solo song `Sakalakala doctor’. Vairamuthu has written the lyrics for all songs. Picturisation by Sharan needless to say is extremely beautiful. Vasool Raja will no doubt be a big hit.
After O podu can we expect something on that lines in Vasool?
Of course s 'O Podu...' of 'Gemini' was my biggest hit. It was so big a hit that my earlier hits like in 'Kadhal Mannan' there was 'Unnai Paartha Pinbu Naan', and 'Sathamillatha Thanimai Keitten'.... In 'Amarkalam'. All the songs in 'Pandavar Bhoomi' and `Autograph’ were popular. In the film 'Rojakoottam', it was 'Apple Penne' which was a hit. The success of music depends a lot on the director. The requirements of the story, and situations, the commercial aspect, all count when composing music.
This time you have used Shreya Ghosal and Sadhana Sargam. Is there not much talent locally?
It’s not because we do not have varied talent here too. 'Sruthi' and 'Thaalam' are a basic requisite for any singer. I use talent whenever I find it. I used Shalini's voice for the first time in 'Amarkkalam'. Recently Suchitra (of Radio Mirchi') has sung for 'Jay Jay'; There is no language barrier for singers. Even in films too we use artistes from other languages, similarly there’s no harm in using varied voices too.
Double meaning lyrics has come to stay and some say that music is more dominant than lyrics. What is your opinion?
We music directors are helpless. When the director demands it and the lyric writer gives it then we are helpless. Film directors don't think of a social responsibility. In my case however I try as much as possible to steer clear of vulgar words. About music dominating lyrics I cannot be faulted because it has never happened in my music.
Why has the audio market slumped so badly?
We have to blame ourselves. Only if the songs are good will the audio sales pick up. Music after the advent of private channels is more visual today. It's based on movement, and rhythmic music is needed. Now 24 hr FM channels has definitely had its impact on audio sales. MP3 has been the last nail in the coffin of music business.