Thoonganagaram (Music review), Tamil – Sundar C Babu

Barring that SA Rajkumar-style chorus and stereotyped lyrics on friendship, Ettu kangalukkum does have a moving tune; thanks to Madhu Balakrishnan’s involved singing. Kalyanam remix is a crackling listen – the new version cleverly builds on Chandrababu’s legendary original with unabashedly joyous wedding’ish rhythms and Karthik aces the newly added portions. Hariharan and Chinmayi’s Kooraana parvaigal has a delightfully melodious tune – it is just the backing arrangements suffer from Sundar’s usually underwhelming sound – they tend to sound a bit too simplistic and dull, though the tune makes up for it. But the composer scores brilliantly in what has become his trademark – raucous, crafty masala tunes that stop short of being outright kuthu numbers – this is best sampled in the title song and Nee siricha kondattam. The former’s lyrics are predictable and goes on to sing paeans to Madurai, the city Tamil filmdom started loving recently all over again, but it is a foot tapping number nevertheless! The latter is the soundtrack’s highlight – non-stop catchy rhythms à la 80s Ilayaraja and a captivating song sung with verve by Shankar Mahadevan! Sundar C Babu produces a heady cocktail retaining the Tamil nativity and without departing from his trademark style!

Keywords: Bharani, Vimal, Nishanth, Anjali, Sundar C Babu, Thoonganagaram, #200