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Hitman – May 30, 2015

Posted by Karthik

Originally published in The Hindu.

Nee Variya
Thiruttukalyanam (Tamil)
Music: Vaiddhy

Debutant Vaiddhy turns an otherwise risqué word like ‘Variya?’ into a full song, the said word being uttered democratically by the man, and by the woman, multiple times. Of course, the meaning is intact, but the song’s mood is similar too, so it gels well with the film’s title, thanks to Ranjith and Andrea’s whispery singing, besides the composer’s catchy sound.
Listen to the song here.

Thalavara Kurippu Pusthakam
32aam Adhyayam 23aam Vaakyam (Malayalam)
Music: Bijibal

The sound is rather minimal, but composer Bijibal uses pause effectively to create an addictive tune that stops dramatically at many places, in sync with the step-by-step rhythm. That captivating rhythm and Govind Padmasoorya’s (the film’s hero, incidentally) intentionally casual delivery gives the song big props, even as it moves into techno mode and native rhythms with equal confidence.

Hamari Adhuri Kahani
Hamari Adhuri Kahani (Hindi)
Music: Jeet Ganguly

‘Hamari Adhuri Kahani’, like the title insists, is a picture of…oh well, sound of…wistfulness. Arijit Singh’s expressive singing and Rashmi Virag’s poignant lines only add to the song’s feel. Jeet Ganguly stays within the tried and tested Bhatt-tradition in orchestrating the song, including a sad violin note that plays peek-a-boo from time to time, reminding us to stay in the mood no matter how the tune soars at points.

Sun Saathiya
ABCD 2 (Hindi)
Music: Sachin-Jigar

This is a difficult song to concentrate on, if you are watching the music video given that Shraddha Kapoor moves her body in different directions, for every word in the lyrics, while balancing a gravity-defying piece of upper garment that looks suspiciously like a pocha. But as a song, this is Sachin-Jigar leaving their melodic stamp with superb confidence — an instantly likeable tune, beautifully sung by Priya Saraiya and Divya Kumar. The composers’ imaginative sound comes to the fore particularly in the antara where they layer the piano over Priya’s vocals.

Pularri Manjin
Lavender (Malayalam)
Music: Deepak Dev

‘Pularri Manjin’ has a really interesting structure, with Kavya Ajith singing a familiar melody, only to let Ajmal interject with a sweeping high-pitched two-liner. The contrast between Kavya and Ajmal’s parts makes the song a great listen, even with the anupallaviish portion being conversational. And at one point towards the end, the two parts melt into each other, with Kavya singing Ajmal’s line, as if agreeing to his point of view, musically.

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