Milliblog Weeklies – JAN07.2018

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A note on each song in the playlist.

Lae dooba (Aiyaary, Hindi): Rochak Kohli had a fantastic year in 2017 and Lae dooba is a great start to 2018. Sunidhi Chauhan is at her usual, fantastic self, handling the evocative & highly melodious tune, with panache and especially excellent diction, stressing on each word.

Dil chori (Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, Hindi): Yo Yo Honey Singh is back with yet another ‘spirited’ song, though much of the charm here is courtesy Anand Raaj Anand’s catchy original song from the album Chorni, sung by Hans Raj Hans.

Subah subah (Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, Hindi): Amaal Mallik definitely had a winner with Roy’s Sooraj dooba and rehashing it so many times is proof enough. This is yet another rehash, but the bouncy sound actually works again 🙂

Kanave (Sketch, Tamil): Thaman no doubt ‘smoothens’ Vikram’s voice significantly, but the melody is easily and effortlessly appealing. This is Thaman template all the way, something that works like comfort food.

Ontharadali ella hayagide (Bruhaspati, Kannada): Listen to the song’s 2 interludes and anupallavi tell me it is not by Ilayaraja. Go ahead, try it! Harikrishna does it so very often and most times he gets such Raja’ish melodies so darn perfectly!

Arare arare (Idam Premam Jeevanam, Kannada): Judah Sandhy’s song could easily fit into Chamak’s soundtrack, as a follow-up to the title song. It’s that breezy, with a gently lilting electronic sound and whispery vocals by Sneha Hegde.

So Many So Many (Okka Kshanam, Telugu): It’s mighty obvious that the producer insisted that he wants a Telugu ‘adaptation’ of Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You. Mani Sharma, starting from that brief actually does decently enough!

Oh pilla nuv pooladanda (Manasuku Nachindi, Telugu): Radhan, fresh from the super success of Arjun Reddy, creates a similar song here, mixing hiphop, faux-carnatic sounds and letting Naresh Iyer and Sameera Bharadwaj handle it confidently.

Title song (Tagaru, Kannada): Anthony Daasan’s spirited rendition lifts the title song (Tagaru banthu tagaru) as much as Charan’s captivating and ominous sound that effortlessly descends into pulsating kuthu at times.

Mental ho jawa (Tagaru, Kannada): This is a curiously interesting concoction! Charan blends a lot of things into a heady mix – Ananya Bhat’s Mental ho jawa hook, a semi-classical or faux-classical anupallavi and a steadily catchy disco’ish background!

Poo Poothuvo (Kaly, Malayalam): The song is oh-so-Ilayaraja, with a dulcet melody and incredibly Raja’esque interludes too! Rahul choice of singers, K.S Hari Shankar and Radhika Narayanan, works wonders for him!

Kurumba (Tik Tik Tik, Tamil): A father singing about his son has a fairly Imman’ish melody, but it is Madhan Karky’s lines (Veettu paadam seidhaalo, ratha azhuttham yerum!) that stand out brilliantly! The lines have a beautifully lived-in feel that’s so relatable.

Title song (Tik Tik Tik, Tamil): Lyricist Madhan Karky plays Tamil teacher yet again, teaching us new, interesting words, even as @immancomposer, for the catchy song, trolls us by getting Yuvan—who mispronounces Tamil a lot—and gets him to sing with perfect pronunciation!

Naana thaana (Thaana Serndha Koottam): Between the energetic tabla and iktara-like strains, Anirudh handles Naana thaana‘s likeable tune in his inimitable style. The little nuances he brings, like the casual cough (which perhaps has an in-movie reason) add to the fun.

Innale innale (Diwanjimoola Grand Prix, Malayalam): Sung by Niranj Suresh , the song is so very Gopi Sundar! A low-key, guitar-driven melody that meanders with unhurried pleasantness and evoking the composer’s Telugu repertoire.

Kaate poora kaate (Diwanjimoola Grand Prix, Malayalam): Niranj Suresh is behind Kaate poora kaate as well, a song that sets the Diwanji Moola as an iconic location (for Grand Prix!), with flamboyant guitar and an anthemic tune, though the tune is good old Gopi material.

Seramal ponal (Gulaebaghavali, Tamil): Vivek-Mervin’s sound for this melody is expansive, featuring Chennai Strings Orchestra and a lush melody sung (particularly neat ‘Seramal ponal’ hook) very well by MervinJ and Sameera Bharadwaj.