Move over Ji, here comes Bro! Easy listen – cool techno-pop done well. Vivek’s inspirational verse works in Nirkadhey, but the song, despite that catchy vocalized rhythm, doesn’t come together cohesively. Kannaal modhadhey is quite a rocker! Funky synth by Naveen and Satt Richard, coupled with Babu’s trumpet and Sid Sriram’s flamboyant vocals. The 4 Idiots Group’s percussion rocks Gama gama samayal, with Vivek’s foodie lyrics overshadowing the tune. Vivek’s best is reserved for the incredibly meaningful, maand-raaga based Unavey marundhu, brilliantly handled by Carnatic vocalists Ranjani-Gayatri, with an unmissable bass and guitar layer by Keba. Sumptuous soundtrack by Santhosh!

Keywords: Server Sundaram, Santhosh Narayanan

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Chanda avalu starts, and retains, a lovely vaudevillian sound, even as it progresses to a beautiful high, with a phenomenal first interlude that seems to be modeled on raaga Keeravani (shades of Minsara Kanavu’s Vennilave vennilave?). Midhun is so good with the vocals! In Nennillade, Midhun hands over the reigns of the feathery melody to Supriya Lohith and she handles it brilliantly! The point where Tony Das’s guitar kicks in alongside ‘Nennillade’ is delightful, as much as Parth Chandiramani’s flute interlude before Raghu Ram’s vocals begin. The joyously playful Motte Song has the right blend of mock-Carnatic flavor and a fantastic fusion sound that keeps the song constantly interesting! Sooraj Santhosh aces the jovial rendition perfectly, along with Mridula Mukundan. The soundtrack’s easy highlight is Henne! The song has a wonderful indie/jazz feel recalling the sounds of Sandeep Chowta or a Nischay Parekh. Deepak Doddera, along with Ruhee Ahamed Asif, holds the melody darn well, though it is Midhun’s orchestration that screams for attention here! Composer Midhun Mukundan was obviously promising in Srinivasa Kalyana, but in Ondu Motteya Kathe he transcends to a new level! He is a great new addition to the already heady line-up of new-age Kannada composers!

Keywords: Ondu Motteya Kathe, Midhun Mukundan, 200, #200

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Tanishk Bagchi’s Baarish is a mighty pleasant melody and the choice of instruments make a huge difference. Farhan Saeed’s Thodi der, with its earthy sound, makes an impact, but its lyrical twin, Stay A Little Longer falters with its muddled sound. Rahul Mishra’s quasi-power-sufi Tu hi is passable, while Phir bhi, its reprise, and the theme hark back to Mithoon’s stock tunes. Ami Mishra’s Lost Without You is interesting world music, on a middling tune. Rishi Rich’s Mere dil closes things on a catchy triphop’ish note, with an annoying dialogue version. Half of the 6 composers impressively woo this girlfriend.

Keywords: Half Girlfriend, Tanishk Bagchi, Farhan Saeed, Rahul Mishra, Mithoon, Ami Mishra, Rishi Rich

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Single Saavn playlist of 39 (out of 45) songs
(not available on saavn: Comrade In America CIA, Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu, Georgettan’s Pooram and Wow Song, from Godha)
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Hindi

Haareya, Yeh jawani teri, Iss tarah & Khol de baahein – Meri Pyaari Bindu (Sachin-Jigar)

Murshida – Begum Jaan (Anu Malik)

Hoor – Hindi Medium (Sachin-Jigar)

Tamil

Aalangiliye, Karukku kallangolu & Andha madhiri ponna – Neruppuda (Sean Roldan)

Yemma yea azhagamma, Silu silu & Pachai uduthiya – Vanamagan (Harris Jayaraj)

Adi vaadi thimiraa, Title theme song, Karu Karunnu, Carratu Pottazhagaa & Time Passukkosaram – Magalir Mattum (Ghibran)

Ettoorum kekkum – Thondan (Justin Prabhakaran)

Mella mella, Bodhai poo & Maya masthava – Maayavan (Ghibran)

Ithuvarai naan (Chinmayi version) & Mattikkiten – Padai Veeran (Karthik Raja)

Akka maga & Uravey – Thiri (Ajesh)

Nee illai endraal & Mannippaaya – 8 Thottakkal (Sundaramurthy KS)

Telugu

Kanulake teliyani – Mister (Mickey J Meyer)

Egire, O Maya & Thanevaro – Venkatapuram (Achu)

Malayalam

Vaanam thilathilakkanu – Comrade In America CIA (Gopi Sundar)
Gopi doesn’t demand much from his star singer, Dulquer, but hands him a multi-lingual (though he handles only one language, leaving the Spanish part to Carolina and the Hindi part to Mohammed Maqbool Mansoor) song that is immediately catchy.

Aakaasham panthal – Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu (Bijibal)
Innately simple and charming, espousing the beauty and life of innards of Kerala. Who better than Bijibal to articulate it with music!

Va va vaikaathe – Puthan Panam (Shaan Rahman)
A lot like Enne Thallendammaava (from Oru Vadakkan Selfie; not just that they are both sung by Vineeth Srinivasan), but still a lot likeable.
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Ko ko kozhi – The Great Father (Gopi Sunder)
Prarthana and Pratheeksha’s lead vocals, along with the kids’ chorus helps Gopi’s simple, almost rhyme-style Christmas song.

Oruvakkinal – 1971 Beyond Borders (Rahul Subrahmanian)
Rahul’s music is expansive, with lovely sweeping strings. M G Sreekumar lends the song the needed gravitas, along with Shweta Mohan.

Joleem kooleem, Omal chiriyo & Kabadi kabadi – Georgettan’s Pooram (Gopi Sundar)

Madhumatiye & Theyyum thindaka – Sakhavu (Prashant Pillai)

Aaro nenjil, Wow Song & Innalekalil – Godha (Shaan Rahman)

Kannada

Chukkubukku Railige – Eleyaru Naavu Geleyaru (Anoop Seelin)
Anoop’s handling of the kids’ chorus/voices is mighty good, though the tune and rhythm are predictable. The kids make it worthwhile, though.

Gowry Lekshmi owns Aaro nenjil (less interesting desi mix, though), particularly the anupallavi’s flowing phrases, on Shaan’s beautiful tune with an addictive chorus high and folk percussion. Sithara Krishnakumar handles the slow, alluring Wow Song wonderfully, layered with the uncredited male ‘wow wow’, while Radhika Sethumadhavan’s humming in Captain’s Honour is aptly soulful. Kannetha and Innalekalil (with an interesting Treadmill mix) have Sachin Warrier and Niranj Suresh handling Shaan-hallmark likeably high-pitched melodies. Manayathu and Kannanjunnoru showcase Vineeth and Shaan’s narrative prowess, but the ‘Punjabi-tinged’ songs, O Rabba and Welcome to Punjab fall flat. Lots of melodic punches in this Godha!

Keywords: Godha, Shaan Rahman

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Karthik Raja’s melody in Ithuvarai naan is lush and indulgent; thankfully, there’s a Chinmayi version, and a Government decree may be the only way to get Yuvan to stop singing! Vijay Yesudas aces the single-word Hkkumttada, that sounds like an extension of Ithuvarai and the somber, beautifully-orchestrated Inaiye. Kombathi Komban is a frenzied folk mishmash, while Left right and Theera nadhi are sound and fury, with a dated outlook. That leaves us with Mattikkiten, the soundtrack’s pièce de résistance! Haricharan is spectacular in the melody that comes with a lofty and incredibly catchy rhythm structure! Welcome peekaboo from Karthik Raja.

Keywords: Padaiveeran, Padai Veeran, Karthik Raja

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Egire‘s background rhythm is delightfully unique and goes beautifully with the engaging melody sung by Yazin Nizar and Keka Ghoshal. Benny Dayal’s O Maya settles into a nice and catchy EDM groove, while Kokkoroko, together with the 5 singers, has a pretty good techno hook. Thanevaro‘s pensive melody is soulful and Achu handles it himself with grace, layering minimal, appropriate music around it. The song’s reprise is equally good, with Vijay Yesudas bringing his own nuances in the singing. In Kalam, Achu makes good use of Dhanunjay and Sai Shilpa’s vocals in a harmonious way. Listenable soundtrack from dependable Achu.

Keywords: Venkatapuram, Achu Rajamani, Achu

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Ek gau mein starts off funnily with the iconic dialog from Indru Poi Naalai Vaa, but the lyrics get progressively horrendous, topped by STR singing about a guy taking a leak. The music and tune are incidental and pointless. Kattaduraikku has a nice comic lilt that gets accentuated by Gangai Amaren’s theatrical rendition, but in Hai, En Kai Mela, something seems off – Anirudh and Shakthisree sing to awkward, off-key backgrounds. Govinda is no different, with GV Prakash Kumar’s weak vocals making it worse. The title song is a bad Kabali knockoff in more than one way. Comedy keemedy soundtrack.

Keywords: Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae, Vishal Chandrashekhar

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In the thematic instrumental, Ghibran’s beautifully woven strings and flute combo is reminiscent of Ilayaraja’s. Banupriya’s (Karu karunnu), Oorvashi’s (Carratu Pottazhagaa) and Saranya’s (Time Passukkosaram) songs are short, but highly rhythmic and appealing. Chennai Qawwali Kids’ vocal harmony in Bullet Song is impressive, on a middling Mast Qalandar recreation. Karthi does quite well in the bluegrass’y Gubu gubu, but Padmalatha sounds out-of-sorts in Ghandhari yaaro, already weighed down by the familiar rhythm. The soundtrack’s best is Adi vaadi thimiraa, a rousing rock anthem superbly handled by Gold Devaraj and particularly the chorus. Ghibran’s music is markedly different in Magalir Mattum.

Keywords: Magalir Mattum, Ghibran

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Guru Randhawa and Rajat Nagpal get composing credit for Suit, an already super-hit 2016 Punjabi track composed by Intense (who is credited for ‘original music’, though it’s the same!) and sung by Guru Randhawa and Arjun! Catchy, competent, albeit generic song. Sukhbir produces yet another remix of Oh ho ho ho, credited to Abhijit Vaghani as well. That leaves Sachin-Jigar to save the soundtrack, and they seek Atif Aslam’s help in Hoor, a heart-warming melody with a serene harmonium-tabla mix. Their Ek jindari is standard-issue, but, though with a nice children’s chorus led by Taniskaa Sanghvi. Hoor tops Hindi Medium.

Keywords: Hindi Medium, Guru Randhawa, Rajat Nagpal, Intense, Sachin-Jigar, Sukhbir, Abhijit Vaghani

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