Excellent Debut by Rohan & Vinayak!! (Nil Battey Sannata – Music Review)

Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari brings a film on mother-daughter relationship starring Swara Bhaskar and Ria Shukla in lead roles. Music is given by the debutante duo Rohan & Vinayak.

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Music: Rohan & Vinayak;  Music Label: Eros Music

1. Murabba – Singer: Neuman Pinto;  Lyrics: Manoj Yadav – Another Murabba after Bombay Talkies and it as innocent as that. Neuman’s breezy vocals justify the mood of the song quite well while the duo’s composition is extremely simple, sweet and melodious. It is the lyrics by Manoj Yadav that stands out. After Sun Ri Baavli (Lakshmi), he seems to be in his best. Lovely Murabba. 

2. Maths Mein Dabba Gul – Singers: Rohan Utpat, Aarti Shenai;  Lyrics: Nitesh Tiwari – This is fun and highly relatable song as most of the people can relate with the frightening nature of Maths. Rohan Utpat does the amazing job of singing with such weird speed while Aarti Shenai sounds beautiful in her relatively short portion. The duo has created an apt song for the theme of the film with the help of Nitesh’s equally apt lyrics.

3. Maula – Singer: Nandini Srikar;  Lyrics: Manoj Yadav – Who stands out is again Manoj Yadav with his excellent writing. Apart from him, Nandini is always a charmer with her serene vocals that impact deeply. The composition is likable because of the mature arrangements they have done.

4. Maa / Maa (Hariharan) / Maa Theme (Instrumental) – Singer: Mohan Kannan / A. Hariharan;  Lyrics: Shreyas Jain (Sherry) – The duo not only deserves applaud for the composition but also for the choice of singers for both the versions. Hariharan and Mohan Kannan both are efficient in extracting emotions from a song and they both do it with extreme comfort. Arrangements have been kept light and soothing with a beautiful Violin piece in the instrumental. Worth attempting. #WelcomeSong

5. Chanda Theme (Instrumental) – A lovely piece of Violin to end with.

An excellent music debut by Rohan & Vinayak with lyrics writing at its best. 

The Final Verdict:  POSSIBLE 



Engaging!! (Sanam Teri Kasam – Music Review)

The film is directed by the director duo Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru. It has Harshvardhan Rane and Mawra Hocane in lead roles. The music is given by Himesh Reshammiya.

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Music: Himesh Reshammiya;  Music Label: Eros Music 

1. Sanam Teri Kasam / Sanam Teri Kasam (Reprise) – Singers: Ankit Tiwari, Palak Muchhal / Mohammed Irfan, Palak Muchhal;  Lyrics: Sameer Anjaan – The title track is a melodious Reshammiya product, typically starts with high notes which Ankit Tiwari sounded more comfortable with, than Mohammed Irfan in the reprise who seemed a bit lost in the mukhda but regained his comfort in antara. Palak sounds sweet with one line repeated after each stanza. A could-have-been-better kind of melody. 

2. Kheech Meri Photo – Singers: Neeti Mohan, Akasa Singh & Darshan Raval;  Lyrics: Sameer Anjaan – If it’s intentional, as does it seem to be, it’s one of the most interesting tracks of Himesh. The weirdness of Neeti’s rendered hook line is clearly the main attraction of the song. The song doesn’t make much sense when you focus on the lyrics but who cares till it entertains you completely. Must Listen!

3. Bewajah – Singer: Himesh Reshammiya;  Lyrics: Sameer Anjaan – The composer comes before the mic for this one and does the job fabulously. It’s a strong melody from him on which he laid the arrangements quite decently with Drums, Guitars and Piano accompanying each other nicely. Impressive. 

4. Tera Chehra – Singer: Arijit Singh;  Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed – Guitar and Tabla quite sportingly accompanies Arijit right from the start until Violin enters after the first antara and refreshes the whole track which might have gone monotonous. A romantic track rendered by Arijit with perfection and composed by Himesh with sincerity. 

5. Haal-E-Dil (Male) / Haal-E-Dil (Female) – Singer: Sreerama Chaandra / Neeti Mohan;  Lyrics: Sameer Anjaan – An extremely effective track with the melancholic mood which Himesh sets fire to with his beautiful composition. Both the versions are equally good though the male version having more charm in the mukhda and the female one having that in the antara, the melody remains compelling. #WelcomeSong

6. Ek Number – Singers: Himesh Reshammiya, Neeti Mohan;  Lyrics: Himesh Reshammiya – It’s quite a decent likable track if you ignore the lyrics. It’s quite difficult to do that though. Given the fact that Himesh has written it, the lyrics is nice on that basis but otherwise, it’s actually degrading the otherwise an enjoyable track. Antara has a very sudden seriousness yet it doesn’t create any jerk in the fun mood of the song. Lyrics written by the composer himself contributes towards spoiling his own composition. 

7. Main Teri Yaadon Mein – Singer: Arijit Singh;  Lyrics: Subrat Sinha – It’s such a nice composition that it had sounded fabulous if the techno sounds were not being kept in the background. Even if they were, they should not have been kept constant. They needed to be having a lot of variations in order to make it interesting. Good melody, gets monotonous due to arrangements. 

Thoroughly impressive album from Himesh Reshammiya.

The Final Verdict:  OKAY





Blazing Classical!! (Bajirao Mastani – Music Review)

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is back with yet another period drama after a long time with grand sets and enduring classical based music.

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Music: Sanjay Leela Bhansali;  Music Label: Eros Music

1. Deewani Mastani – Singers: Shreya Ghoshal, Ganesh Chandanshive (Qawwali vocals: Mujtaba Aziz Naza, Shahdab Faridi, Altamash Faridi, Farhan Sabri);  Lyrics: Siddharth-Garima (Qawwali Lyrics: Nasir Faraaz, Marathi Lyrics: Ganesh Chandanshive) –
Huff! So many credits! No wonder, it’s the grandest song of the year (if you have seen the video). There’s a Marathi portion with which Ganesh Chandanshive begins the song, Shreya soon takes over with an enormously endearing melody to perform. Without doubts, she justifies it the way nobody else could have. With Oud, the composer has also poured qawwali essence beautifully into the composition and it is melded with sufi-ism found in the lyrics. Percussion in keherwa makes it sound even more royal. The royal garden of melody.

2. Aayat – Singer: Arijit Singh (Qawwali Vocals: Mujtaba Aziz Naza, Shahdab Faridi, Altamash Faridi, Farhan Sabri);  Lyrics: A.M. Turaz (Qawwali Lyrics: Nasir Faraaz) –
A semi-classical ghazal that has the potential to captivate you and spread its charm the moment you begin listening to it. Arijit’s echo-ed vocals have been designed perfectly letting the melody to impact you to a great extent. Bhansali hasn’t dealt much with the complications and kept it simple enough to get on the nerves of listeners quite easily. Arijit is able to mesmerize with beautiful harkats in the lines consisting of “ki tarah”. All the qawwali vocals have been arranged impressively. Violin has been aptly infused in the later part, creating deep emotions and diluting the technicalities. Mesmerizing. 

3. Malhari – Singer: Vishal Dadlani;  Lyrics: Prashant Ingole – This calls for Vishal Dadlani for removing the hangover still left from Ramleela. The fast-paced rhythm of Dhol takes you to the Tatad Tatad zone right away. The song doesn’t offer much and hence becomes the weakest song of the album. It is well arranged and could have been given the soft corner, if the annoying gasping vocal sounds were omitted. On the lines of Tatad Tatad.

 4. Mohe Rang Do Laal – Singers: Pandit Birju Maharaj & Shreya Ghoshal;  Lyrics: Siddharth-Garima – This is the only pure classical song of the album. Based on the raga Poorvi (it seems) although it’s technically limited to the listeners, the song has been sung by Shreya in a way that gives it a slight filmy flavor due to which the song doesn’t land up catering to very limited technically sound listeners but to each of those who have the knack of listening soft music. A rare film track. 

5. Albela Sajan – Singers: Shashi Suman, Kunal Pandit, Prithvi Gandharva, Kanika Joshi, Rashi Raagga & Geetikka Manjrekar;  Lyrics: Traditional – This traditional song that was sung by Sutan Khan in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam was based on the raga Ahir Bhairav while the composer has this time converted it into raga Bhupali which doesn’t actually seem to be a good decision as this song in Bhupali is less appealing and the presentation of it in chorus of six singers is more looking like an All India Radio melody rather than a film track. Anyway, it’s a good attempt and hopefully goes in favor of the film. The Bhupali version. 

6. Ab Tohe Jane Na Doongi – Singers: Payal Dev & Shreyas Puranik;  Lyrics: A.M. Turaz – Payal surprises with her engaging vocals, handles each note, takes every harkat so maturely with ease and not letting the composition predominate her in any way. Infact, she seems to be controlling the composition. Shreyas is impressive too, entering in the second half, providing the much needed totality to the melody. A successful semi-classical attempt written aptly by A.M. Turaz. A heavy melody handled amazingly by both the singers. 

7. Pinga – Singers: Shreya Ghoshal, Vaishali Made;  Lyrics: Siddharth-Garima – “Pinga” is a ceremonial activity that is performed by Maharashtrian (typically Brahmin) married women on the occasion of Mangalagaur. So, there must be this occasion shown in the movie. Shreya and Vaishali have maintained the already lifted spirit of this Marathi track which Bhansali has composed really well keeping it quite engaging, making the listeners remember of Dola Re Dola from Devdas. Percussion is aptly utilized in the arrangements giving nuance to the whole track.  Well-attempted Pinga!

8. Aaj Ibaadat – Singer: Javed Bashir (Backing Vocals: Shahdab Faridi, Altamash Faridi, Shashi Suman, Shreyas Puranik);  Lyrics: A.M. Turaz – A beautiful blending of Hindu devotional and Sufi elements in the composition as well as in the lyrics. Enchantingly played Sitar laid on the Sufi vocal texture of Javed Bashir who spellbinds with his enormous harkats because of which the track is beautified. Well-Ripened.

9. Fitoori – Singer: Vaishali Made (Folk Sung By: Ganesh Chandanshive,  Backing Vocals: Aishwarya Bhandari);  Lyrics: Prashant Ingole (Folk Lyrics: Ganesh Chandanshive) –
Sanjay Leela Bhansali has created a tune which so much goes with the mujra flavor. Lyrics do not even need to show its impact, the tune itself is so much in accordance with the mood of a mujra. Vaishali has nailed this one with the vocals the song really needed. Without seeing anything, you’ll be able to visualize a mujra in front of you. Impressive!

10. Gajanana – Singer: Sukhwinder Singh;  Lyrics: Prashant Ingole – Another Ganpati song added to the huge list of such amazing songs being composed. Having Sachin-Jigar, Ajay Atul coming into the scene, the creativity level is so high that this song by Bhansali doesn’t at all grab your attention. Unfortunately, It remains to be a repetitive attempt. 

Certainly, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s best work as a musician.

The Final Verdict:   AGREE




Returns with more Love and Happiness!! (Tanu Weds Manu Returns – Music Review)

Anand Rai is back with the sequel to his lovable Tanu Weds Manu. After the success of Raanjhana, one has huge expectations from him. Although AR Rahman was the composer of Raanjhana but since Krsna had composed for the first part of Tanu Weds Manu, he was bound to be on board. Along with Krsna, there’s a guest composer duo Tanishk and Vayu. Also, Krsna has started writing “solo” after his name. The reason is unknown.

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Music: Krsna Solo;  Lyrics: Raj Shekhar;  Music Label: Eros Music

1. Banno – Singers: Brijesh Shandlya, Swati Sharma;  Guest Composer: Tanishk & Vayu;  Guest Lyricist: Vayu –  Swagger is denoted to a coat or jacket with a loose flare from shoulders (for those who don’t know). Guests are the most important part in our culture so the soundtrack starts with a solo composition from the debutante duo, the guest composers Tanishk and Vayu. They manage to grab the listeners’ attention quite well with an extremely cute and catchy tune that goes well with the two new singers Brijesh and Swati. The hook line is a popular folk-inspired tune, commonly known as “banno tera mukhda, chaand ka tukda”. The arrangements are fresh even with the most typical instruments Nagada and Tumbi played in the most typical way. An excellent start to the musical journey of Bollywood for Tanishk & Vayu. 

2. Move On – Singer: Sunidhi Chauhan – It’s a break-up song that do not ponder about things like judaai or tanhaayi. Instead, it tells you to happily move on with your life. Raj Shekhar’s aptly written lyrics perfect for the situation is an attention seeking element in the song. Rhythm is vibrant with antara being the best portion in the song and who better than Sunidhi could have justified it! The line “move on” could have been catchier as it gets monotonous after some time though the lovely antara which slightly finds itself in the zone of Mannat (Daawat-e-Ishq), covers up the minor flaws in the song. A good conceptual and pragmatic track filled with positivity.

 3. Mat Ja Re – Singer: Ankit Tiwari – Yes, a bit 90’s style composition but the song has been programmed really well, giving well-deserved space for the Daphli to play the Keherwa rhythm which always helps the song reach its efficiency along with two nice Harmonium pieces in both the interludes. Ankit Tiwari, for a change, sounds totally different from his usual sung songs and that change is for good. One might wonder the reason behind this to be the voice of him used is his original and not autotuned. That’s the only reason visible. Anyway, the composition in spite of having a 90’s touch, is catchy and lovable. 

4. Ghani Bawri – Singer: Jyoti Nooran – Amazingly cute composition by Krsna that is sung by Jyoti with utter cuteness and Kangana is expected to bring more cuteness to this on the screen. Again. the programming is excellently done which makes typical Punjabi arrangements sound very effective. Lyrics are also really cutely written by Raj Shekhar. It is surely going to be one of the most enjoyable tracks of the year, being played in every house, particularly in wedding ceremonies. Deserves repeat listening!

5. Old School Girl – Singer: Anmoll Malik – This is a surprise from Krsna and Raj Shekhar as an English Jazz styled track wasn’t expected at all. Luckily the surprise is in favor of the listeners as the track is really good and the lyrics are perfect according to the situation. Trumpet wonderfully accompanies Anmoll who has done a fabulous job, rendering it in just the way it needed. Jazzy track in a Punjabi-oriented soundtrack is a wonderful treat. 

6. Ho Gaya Hai Pyar – Singer: Dev Negi – A nice romantic track with lyrics again perfectly matching up to the situation. Dev Negi gives quite a decent performance being accompanied by mild Guitar and by Tabla in the antara and later by the beautiful combination of Violin and Shehnaayi played in the end. The song could have been more interesting, lacking some good arrangements. Pleasurable!

7. O Sathi Mere – Singer: Sonu Nigam – One doesn’t search much for the instrumentation and arrangements when one is provided with a romantic track sung by Sonu Nigam. He actually holds the song so well that you are not able to notice anything but his voice. The song has been programmed extremely well on which Sonu’s voice sounds so effective that one just unconsciously presses the repeat button. The composition is otherwise very complicated giving a slight Rahman-ish touch and therefore it needs to be heard again and again again. #WelcomeSong

The floating career of Krsna after his debut in Tanu Weds Manu finally seems to get stable with its sequel that provides a soundtrack which is full of Love and Happiness. 

The Final Verdict: POSSIBLE 


Musical Sameekshaa Monthly Awards (May 2015)

Singer of the Month (Female):  Neeti Mohan – Dhadaam Dhadaam (Bombay Velvet)

Singer of the Month (Male):  Sonu Nigam – O Sathi Mere (Tanu Weds Manu Returns)

Singer Jodi of the Month:  Mohit Chauhan & Neeti Mohan – Behroopia (Bombay Velvet)

Composer of the Month (Song):  Amit Trivedi – Aam Hindustani (Bombay Velvet)

Lyricist of the Month:  Manoj Yadav – Bezubaan (Piku)

Composer of the Month (Album):  Amit Trivedi – Bombay Velvet

Song of the Month:  Behroopia – Bombay Velvet (Amit Trivedi, Amitabh Bhattacharya)

Album of the Month:  Bombay Velvet – Sony Music / Zee Music Company

Unusually Indie!! (NH10 – Music Review)

Anushka Sharma’s home production opens its account with this film which Phantom has co-produced, directed by Navdeep Singh who has a critically acclaimed film to his credit, Manorama 6 Feet Under. It’s a multi-composer soundtrack, still the soul of the album is uniform and very different from the usual Bollywood stuff.

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Music Label: Eros Music

1. Chhil Gaye Naina – Singers: Kanika Kapoor, Dipanshu Pandit;  Music: Sanjeev Darshan;  Lyrics: Kumaar –  Unintentionally, but finally Kanika Kapoor gets to sing something different from her usual Meet Bros stuff. Due to her efficacious vocals, the song is provided with the required energy with all those Electric Guitars that make these type of songs affable to ears. Dipanshu Pandit leaves his positive impact with his alaap in the interlude. This is undoubtedly the catchiest song of the album and the most mass-oriented too. Slightly cliche but a likable melody from Sanjeev Darshan. #WelcomeSong

2. Le Chal Mujhe (Male) / Le Chal Mujhe (Female) / Le Chal Mujhe (Reprise) – Mohit Chauhan / Shilpa Rao / Arijit Singh;  Music: Bann Chakraborty;  Lyrics: Bann Chakraborty, Abhiruchi Chand – A sluggish melody that strongly invites you to take a wonderful nap with three version from three amazing singers. It spreads drowsiness in the atmosphere to the extremity and not in a good way. It takes hell of a time to first understand the melody as it’s very offbeat and till you understand it, you find yourself in a deep sleep mode. It’s a very different attempt and hard to digest. 

3. Main Jo – Singers: Nayantara Bhatkal, Savera Mehta;  Music: Ayush Shreshtha, Savera Mehta;  Lyrics: Manoj Tapadia – Again a uniquely crafted composition seems to be having the Spanish essence with singers rendering perfectly having Nayantara sounding like Shalmali and Savera souding like Nikhil D’Souza. Nayantara, in particular is damn cute with her lustrous vocals keeping the mood light and chilling. Great work through Accordion. Good attempt.

4. Khoney De / Khoney De (Instrumental) – Singers: Mohit Chauhan, Neeti Mohan;  Music: Bann Chakraborty;  Lyrics: Bann Chakraborty –  Surprisingly, this extended version of the three versions of Le Chal Mujhe is far better than the original ones. It seems to be the impact of the duet as Mohit Chauhan and Shilpa Rao make a great jodi. Bann Chakraborty has improvised the arrangements a bit which helps in making this song sound a bit different from the other three versions. Piano has been utilized well. Its offbeat nature has actually come out to be the best quality of this track. Lovable orchestration in the instrumental version with a beautiful Saxophone, sizzling enough to attract listeners. Nicely arranged.

5. Maati Ka Palang – Singer: Samira Koppikar;  Music: Samira Koppikar;  Lyrics: Neeraj Rajawat – Samira does a fab job but it is the arrangement which has been done flawlessly. The way the Sitar and Tabla has been fused giving it a complete Indie flavor, is the real beauty of this track. Samira as a composer could have worked more on the tune as it’s quite unembellished. Excellent arrangement!

6. Kya Karein – Singer: Rachel Varghese;  Music: Savera Mehta, Ayush Shreshtha;  Lyrics: Varun Grover –  Particularly, this track is the weirdest of all. It’s too slow to create any impact. Rachel justifies the mood of the track but Savera and Ayush, the composers have experimented too much with the mood and made the song extremely dull with no melodic power to retain listeners. Poor attempt.

 Not a cup of tea for a Bollywood music lover. Too much experimentation and hence, too much of complication in the compositions. 

The Final Verdict:  OKAY


The J Factor!! (Badlapur – Music Review)

Sachin-Jigar have been impressing all of us since 2012 when they had come up with a creative idea called ABCD – Any Body Can Dance. After that, they just constantly kept on improving and moving towards excellence. Their latest Happy Ending had terrific music and now Badlapur to everybody seemed very promising from the promos.

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Music: Sachin-Jigar;  Lyrics: Priya Saraiya;  Additional Lyrics: Dinesh Vijan;  Music Label: Eros Music

1. Jee Karda / Jee Karda (Rock Version) – Singer: Divya Kumar – This track clearly symbolizes the creativity which the duo has. They have fantastically fused Guitars and Shehnai and perfectly utilized Divya Kumar’s hard hitting vocals which inspite of all the loudness sound good to ears. Aj mera jee karda is a very popular Punajbi folk phrase which has already been used several times but not in this unique way for sure. The original itself is very intriguing with a brilliant engaging tune, the Rock version is an amplifier of all the sounds used in the original in addition to a terrific Harmonium played in between all the heavy Guitars. You can’t praise them enough for this!! 

2. Jeena Jeena – Singer: Atif Aslam – Sachin-Jigar know the best how to utilize Atif Aslam’s vocals. The duo is famous for using heavy techno sounds but surprisingly without even having a different unplugged version of that, they have kept the arrangements very cool, not allowing a single digital beat to interfere, using simplistic Flute and Guitar and spreading the wonderful Acoustic atmosphere with that. The tune is typical Sachin-Jigar type with typical Priya waali lyrics yet it is so beautifully composed, sung and arranged that it doesn’t sound like a repeated work. People are simply gonna love this!

3. Judaai – Singers: Rekha Bhardwaj, Arijit Singh – One more Jheeni Re Jheeni that Sachin-Jigar had worked on was from Issaq that was a marvelous composition and this one is not less in any way. The duo has used Rekha Bhardwaj in a never-heard-before avatar which engages you right from the beginning. Sarangi is intelligently blended with Rekha’s portion and Arijit impresses in the very first moment. This is again a very very experimental attempt from the duo and again a very successful one which doesn’t only impress but also express. Soulful experiment.

Sachin-Jigar’s another move towards excellence. An album very low in quantity but extremely high in quality.

The Final Verdict:  AGREE


Illaiyaraaja’s 1000th Album!!!! (Shamitabh – Music Review)

It is the third collaboration of the trio Amitabh Bachchan, Illaiyaraaja and director R. Balki. Their collaboration has been a blockbuster but everytime liked by the audience and the listeners. This is 1000th album of Illaiyaraaja’s career which is a record that cannot be broken by anybody unless another legend like him is born.

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Music: Illaiyaraaja;  Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire;  Music Label: Eros Music

1. Ishq E Fillum – Singer: Suraj Jagan – This song is a way of giving tribute to cinema and its lovers in our country where in every place, situation, emotion, we unintentionally act as being filmy. Apart from the lyrics, it is Suraj’s singing that deserves appreciation. The harmony is rightly set by Illaiyaraaja which is the most beautiful part of the song. Brilliant chorus!!

2. Sha Sha Mi Mi – Singer: Caralisa Monteiro;  Guest Lyricist: Kausar Munir – I don’t find any reason to call Kausar specially to write this song because she has written nothing actually. Illaiyaraaja’s tune only helps a bit to some extent namely in the neutral vowel singing which has been well programmed too. Caralisa’s vocals sound superb! Only for Illaiyaraaja’s fans.

3. Piddly – Singer: Amitabh Bachchan – Illaiyaraaja has saved his best for Big B. This is a rocking catchy foot tapping track that has almost everything that keeps you engaged, primarily being the tune and the singer. Violin is intensely used which has actually fitted quite well with respect to the kind of song it is. Beats are good enough to keep you hooked to it. An enjoyable treat! #WelcomeSong

4. Sannata – Singer: Shruti Haasan – This is arrangement-wise a highly experimental track though lacks in good tune. The prime factor to listen it for, are the lyrics which is, I guess, trying to taunt the fact that actors get the most importance so it’s realizing that we have singers and lyricists who need to get their due. Well, what it actually wants to tell, we’ll get to know in the film. Shruti has delivered a crackling performance.

5. Thappad – Singers: Suraj Jagan, Earl D’Souza – Song has nothing but thappad. Lack of specific tune and weak lyrics with no scope for singing. Earl does an impressive rap. The instrumentation in the interlude is the only fabulous thing in the whole song. The rest is just the hoping for some good visual stuff in the film. Very unimpressive.

6. Lifebuoy – Singer: Suraj Jagan – The famous ad-jingle of Lifebuoy has been recreated here with a more aggressive attitude. Now, whatever you call it, experimental or novelty, it just doesn’t at all impress. The composition is so staid that it starts sounding odd. Suraj though is perfect!! Not an impressive make-over of the famous jingle. 

By Illaiyaraaja’s performance, the album doesn’t seem to have anything special to be the 1000th album of the composer’s career.

The Final Verdict:  OKAY