Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Unique Voices

Have written about movies and stars, the next thing is music before i post a recipe. So here is my review on some singers. Unlike the old times when we had just TMS, PBS, SPB, Janaki, Chitra,now we have sooo many singers. Gone are the days when you hear a beautiful song, you can identify the singer. I struggle these days to keep up with the new talents in the field. While the music directors bring in unique talents and voices into the field, not all of them are a delight to your ears. Sometimes I wonder they overdo the unique factor. Here is my list of unique voices that has caught my attention.

1) ARR – Too many songs to list

The first time ARR lent his voice to ‘chinna chinna aasai' for a boat man, I must say I did not notice it. But he brings a passion and life to the songs he sings like kaneerey kaneeray – uyirey, New York Nagram – Jillunu Oru Kadhal, vandhey maatharam. His voice is so different, so passionate, so unique and so awesome

2) Neha Basin – Pesuhiren pesuhiren from Satham Podadhey

Neha ia a member of the Bollwood pop group VIVA, her only other song I know is Sei yedhavadhu sei from Billa. I am not a big fan of singers from other languages with their ridiculous pronunciation. But I think Neha has done quite well in this song. The lyrics are awesome too. You can appreciate it after you have watched this movie. Fell in love with it the minute I heard this. This is a special song to our dear KV ( his fiancé sings this song so well that KV keeps humming this tune)

3) Kailash Kher – veyilodu vilaiyadi , rangu rangamma, uyyalalo uyyalalo

Following the trend of hindi singers with terrible tamil pronounciation, here is kailash Kher. But I think his tamil is better than Udit Narayan. This voice is very unique, sometimes annoying but I must say I love his songs...well almost all his songs.

4) Jessi Gift – Lajjavadhiye to Andankaaka kondai kaari (Anniyan)

The first time I heard his voice, his voice was as different as the word lajjavadhiye – whatever it meant. The movie was just average, but the voice did get all the attention. I don’t think any one would think his voice is pleasant or beautiful. It is just unique. His other songs are 'Annakili', 'Gundu Maanga' - Sachin, 'Ketta Kudukara boomi idhu' - Sandai Kozhi, 'Freeya Vidu' – Aaru. Do i like this voice ? well i dont know yet.

6) Sukhwinder Singh

We all loved him in thaiya thaiya – uyire. But then there was a sukhwinder overdose I think. We have heard him in few different gana songs like'Enna Mattum venam solladhey' - Saravanaa, 'Arjunaru Villu ' - Ghilli, 'Jothi Neranjava' - 12B, 'Salaam Gulamu ' - Hello, 'Naan Salttu kottai' - Pennin Manadhai Thottu, 'CBI Enge' - Poovellam Kettupaar, 'Lucky Lucky' – Ratchagan. Especially the song from Dishoom – Kitta nerungi vaadi karla kattai odabu kaari (..sukhwinder sings 'karllla kattaaa udumbu kaari' - how can someone write lyrics like that !!!) and Sukhwinder pronunciations in this song is the worst ever !

7) Adnan Sami
The famous 'Lift Karadey' guy came to kollywood through 'Boom Boom' in Boys and 'Nenjam Yellam' from Aayutha Ezhuthu. His voice is very very different, but I just love his songs. His most latest is the Oru kal oru kannadi from Siva manasula sakthi. Its beautiful. i have wierd taste okay !

8 ) Preeta Utham Singh - ‘Kaadhal vaanile.,' (Raasaiya)

The first time we all heard this song, we all did hum it, but it did annoy you when it gets to the high pitch. The singer is Preetha Uttam Singh and her other song is Allah un Aanaipadi yellam nadakum with unnikrishan for Vijay’s Chandralekha. She is the daughter of Dil to Pagal Hai ‘s Music Director Uttam Singh. Interestingly Uttam was the Sound engineer for rasaiya! Now you know why !

9) Sayanora Phillip – Honey Honey (Ayan)

This is the voice behind Thikku thikku song from the movie Dham Dhoom. Her most recent song is honey honey. With all due respect to the singers, it does sound a bit too weird. Hubi hates me if I even hum this song. But i dont think its just the singer, music director takes half the blame for this song.

10) Mohit Chauhan – Masakali (delhi 6)

Mohit Dooba Dooba in Boondein was a huge hit in 90s. I haven’t heard any of his other hits from Rang de Basandi or Jab We Met, but I just love masakali. Just the word is so beautiful. Every word in this song is so well chosen. Unique lyrics, unique voice, beautiful song

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Ayan - Movie Review

Don’t ask me what it means or its relevance to the movie. Atleast Vaaranam Aayiram, they made simran say this word, but I don’t know why they named this movie ayan and what it means !

Anyway going into the movie, the movie starts with surya in Chennai airport, dressed up like a cool dude, speaking to this corporate guy, then helping a single mom with a baby etc, all the time speaking in English and walks out of the airport only to change his language in a split second to local tamil with Prabhu. Surya has kept his body fit from the VA movie and is quite handsome. Surya appears in a few different makeups including perazhan, VA daddy role, Kaakka Kaakka and even like lady.He changes his hair style and beard for every scene and song, that KV strongly suggests couple of them were wigs !!

The story is probably 2 lines but the screenplay is fantastic. Interestingly the movie gives importance to a few characters like Prabhu, Renuka, Jegan and Ponnvannan, apart from the hero, heroine, villan combo. All of them have done a fantastic job. No overacting, no annoying acting. Just right with the flow of the movie. Especially jegan, we have seen him in the screens before, but he has done a pretty good job. The only part that I am not comfortable is his response to surya and tamannah falling in love. It is interesting to see the other side of the story wrt ‘thiruttu vcd’, smuggling drugs, director’s copying scenes from English movies, diamonds in Africa.
One thing that has not been given any importance is the logic ! hehe….well we don’t really need it for most Indian movies.

Tamanah is the pretty sister of Jegan ( yenna kodumai sir idhu !) and does the job expected of her. Thankfully she is not just a pretty face but can act as well. Hopefully she will learn Tamil soon and work on a better lip sync with the dialogues. Surya bumps into Tamanah while she is changing her dress and the next time they meet they are already in love ! Not sure if surya has got special instructions, but he makes it a point to say he likes ‘jo’ than Asin or Sameera reddy ! duh !

Following the tradition there is an introduction song for surya, song when he meets the heroine, when they celebrate his birthday and when they get together after a misunderstanding. But thankfully the songs are beautiful. Nenje Nenje with mahathi and Harish, vizhi moodi yosithal – Karthick are very nice.
Out of the blue you see Koena Mitra with a very bad nose job and a 2 piece dress dancing in the pub and you know surya would walk in and walk out of pub so they can connect it to the movie ! If you are wondering why the face seems familiar, well because we have seen her in the title song of Dhool with Vikram.
The camera is good.( that’s much I know about the topic so my comments cant go beyond good or bad). The screen looks beautiful and colourful, lots of blues, whites and yellows.

The movie does remind you a bit of ‘catch me if you can’, but the Indianisation of it is definitely awesome. There is enough sentiment, stunts and comedy to keep the flow.

Well all movies come with some ridiculousness, the missing logic is something you can forgo but definitely not the annoying villian Akashdeep saigal from “kyun ki Saas bhi kabhi bahu thi”, his awful dopey facial expressions and his terrible lip sync.
If you wonder if there is anything worse, yes there is Haris Jeyaraj’s background score. It is terrible. When there is surya doing a serious somersault in a climax fight, you hear a “droooing” noise as background score.grrr

Overall for me , kudutha 16.50 dollarsku they showed more than enough of surya (hehe). Good time pass. Leave your cynical hat at home and you can enjoy this movie as much as I did. Before I forget thanks to hubi dear for baby sitting ( it’s a shame he doesn’t read my blog !)