Nakul is making an entry into the big screen after a considerable hiatus, and so is the lauded director Arivazhagan, of 'Eeram' fame. The plot of the film is on basketball. When Thaman was posed with the challenge of interspersing varied emotions in the game, this is what he has accomplished. The Tamil language stands incomplete, if not for vallinam; and for music lovers, your compilation is incomplete without 'Vallinam' in it. And this is why:
1. Maaman Machan
Voices: Silambarasan TR, SS Thaman, Mukesh
An appealing opening to an album, the first song is an anthem for friendship. Sung in the youthful voices, the song is a candid composition, with no particular message to carry, other than sing in praise of friendship. Simbu's voice has a different edge in the song. The song has been creatively penned down along the lines that 'friendship is the ship that never sinks'. However, the first stanza points finger at a certain group of girls who cheat on men, who in turn fall back on friends ultimately. But why the song has such a derogatory beginning is puzzling. Albeit, the song is all about celebrating the joy of friendship.
2. Uyiril Uyiril
One very important feature of this song is rapport, which is in its possible highest best among the composer, lyricist and singer, in sync with the story line. The song begins with deep beats and continues high on strumming which is not claustrophobic, and is in fact very pleasant and burgeoning. This male solo, describing rapture is certainly one of the best that the industry has listened to so far. The typical foot-in-mouth experience, on seeing his lady love, is carried without a hitch by Haricharan. The sparks of excitement and emotion is delivered in the right amount with an icing of attitude, by Viveka, in his poesy. This song is for all those with the youth quotient who just stumbled upon their dream girl.
Voices: Andrea Jeremiah, Nakul
Now that we've had a male version of rapture worship, here is the female version. But it doesn't end just there. This duet is by far the best package offered by Thaman. The song rhythmically uses strings and taps that are in perfect sync with the butterflies-in-stomach feeling of a woman, for her hero. What takes the icing is the sheer lovely usage of language. Penned down entirely in Tamil, Parvathy stands a class apart, though this is only her debut. Andrea has always given nothing less than excellent and this one is no exception to the rule. It is not often that Nakul sings, but when he does, it is nothing but the best. Both the talented actors-cum-singers have rendered a soulful and alluring number for an arresting tune. And watch out for Parvathy, she is a poetic bomb!
4. Uyiril Uyiril (Reprise)
As if celebrating love was stifling, the album takes a sudden turn towards break-up. The pathos and heaviness is conveyed in the composer's voice, with extensive use of keys, strings and beats, all predominantly in bass. It is surprising how a little working around the same tune has transformed the mood altogether from madly in love to mad because of the anticlimax. Viveka has intelligently penned down the lyrics of the Reprise, with just as much vigour for the original track, to suit the diametric change in emotion.
Voices: Palakkad Sreeram, Rahul Nambiar, Naveen Madhav, KG Ranjith
Like a hard slap on the face, to wake one from the dreamy sequences that the album earlier may have carried us to, this racy number brings us back to the main theme of the film - basketball. But the change is highly inspiring. The song sets off on humble beats which sound like a bouncing ball ready to hit a goal in a basket. Penned down by none other than the stalwart himself, Vaali has offered a beautiful package of highly motivating lines. The lyrics not only apply to the game, but are actuating and are applicable in real life too - typical of the lyricist. Rendered in four young and highly energetic voices, the song is quite like a wake-up call, getting the army ready for battle.
The album is precise, giving equal vent to all possible analyses of emotions. But, it does not stick to the traditional monotones. All the songs offer the much needed refreshing relief, and makes for a soothing repertoire to cherish. If all the dash and agility of youth could be compiled in a single album, then this is it!
Rating: 3.5/5 - Intelligent composition
Verdict: Old wine in new bottle