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Hitman – June 11, 2016

Posted by Karthik

Originally published in The Hindu.

Pona usuru – Thodari (Tamil – D.Imman)
Prabhu Solomon, who resuscitated Imman’s career with Mynaa, is back with another film, with his favorite composer in tow. In many ways, the crux of Solomon’s films, a sweeping love story with a hapless couple in the middle has paved way for his composer’s template too, one from which Imman has built forward his career rather well. Thodari is full of the kind of music expected out of the duo, with immersive tunes—sometimes evoking Ilayaraja—mounted ambitiously, again, evoking Raja’s love for grand orchestration. Pona usuru, with its Charukesi underpinnings, is the pick of the soundtrack, that showcases this style the best.

Qatl-e-aam – Raman Raghav 2.0 (Hindi – Ram Sampath)
Raman Raghav 2.0 is composer Ram Sampath’s first entry into the Anurag Kashyap camp and he grabs the opportunity to deliver a whopper! Qatl-e-aam, in its Unplugged version, has a phenomenally beautiful ghazal-style melody at its core and Sona Mohapatra delivers it incredibly well. In its other techno version, Ram pushes the envelope mindbogglingly ahead, with an unsettling and enormously interesting hard trance Qatl-e-aam hook delivered by Yash Divecha’s processed voice (who also handles the occasional vocalized taal very well!) amidst grating electronica! The contrast between the melody and the hook, in this version, is a boldly imaginative move by Ram.

Baby ko bass pasand hai – Sultan (Hindi – Vishal-Shekhar)
Baby ko is a clever concoction by both the composing duo, and the lyricist, Irshad Kamil. Kamil writes, ‘Mujhko uska face pasand hai… Baby ko bass pasand hai’, invoking a second, implied meaning to go with the previous line! As if to remove any doubt, Salman Khan’s signature dance move involves the body part subtly alluded to aptly. As a tune, it is heady and wonderfully catchy, complete with a rap portion by Badshah, the new Yo Yo Honey Singh replacement in Bollywood.

Rootha – TE3N (Hindi – Clinton Cerejo)
Clinton Cerejo, who made a memorable musical debut in Jugni, returns with even better music in TE3N. In Rootha, the soundtrack’s best, he mixes vibrant Bengali folk percussion to a rousing tune, sung really well by Benny Dayal and Divya Kumar. To top it all, Bianca Gomes makes a grand entry amidst wailing shankh, stylishly rendering the much-loved traditional Bengali boat song, Sujan Majhi Re – you wish Clinton had also made a stand-alone remix of the much-loved song given how good it sounds!

Visweswara – Santhosh Chandran Indo Flamenco (Kappa TV, Music Mojo)
Visweswara, one of Swathi Thirunaal’s best known Hindustani compositions is an interesting study, from a man who has supposedly only travelled from Padmanabhapuram to Aalappuzha, but the song being about Kasi Visweswar! Santhosh Chandran’s Indo Flamenco variant of the iconic composition comes wonderfully alive in Sijo K George’s phenomenal vocals. The modern take retains the Sindhu Bhairavi raaga and at times improvises brilliantly, with fantastic support from Anand on flute and Santhosh himself in flamenco guitar.

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