The much expected songs of Theri were released yesterday in a grand event. It marks composer GV Prakash’s 50th album in his 10 year journey as a music director. This is his 2nd outing with both Vijay (after Thalaivaa) and Atlee (after Raja Rani). How have the 7 tracks turned out? Lets find out in this review by Kaushik LM
Jithu Jilladi – This is such an instant charmer from the ‘gaana’ king Deva who effortlessly sings in a high pitch, at the age of 65. Balachandran chips in with a low pitched rendition in the anupallavi. ‘Jithu’ is a tribute to the cops with easy, ‘local’ lyrics penned by Rokesh. GV Prakash has mixed up the standard ‘kuthu’ template with trumpets, siren sounds, synth and dubstep. Yet another ‘gaana’ hit from the Vijay – Deva duo (on the lines of Baasha’s ‘Autokaaran’), which is guaranteed to generate large scale celebration from the masses in cinemas. PICK
Eena Meena Teeka – This is the cute ‘pony tailed’ father’s bonding song with his daughter, treated with some rock and roll shades. Their sentiment is conveyed through relatable, naughty lyrics. Uthara is her natural playful self while GV’s humming adds a touching flavor to the song. The visuals will endear Ilayathalapathy Vijay to the kids even more. PICK
En Jeevan – This is a melody treat with lovely vocals by the evergreen Hariharan, sweet Saindhavi and the blessed Vaikom Vijayalakshmi (in a powerful Sanskrit rendition). The lilting instrumental orchestration complements the tune, which is right in GV’s strong zone. Expect Vijay and Samantha to exhibit some great chemistry in this intimate duet. PICK
Dub Theri Step – Starts off with the trumpets from ‘Jithu’ and proceeds as a hardcore dubstep track, with the expected quirky synth sounds. Arunraja Kamaraj comes out with an intense rap, while the piano and whistles make their presence felt amid all the noise. Should be pulsating on screen during the action moments. PICK
Chellaakutty – A peppy dance duet (taking off from ‘Vaada Maapla’), with good EDM variations by GV Prakash. The bagpipe hook is the highlight of the number. This is a safe hit, where Vijay enjoys himself as a singer and Neeti Mohan is bouncy with her voice. The auto-tuning on Vijay’s voice could have been avoided though. PICK
Thaimai – A little classical melody rendered by Bombay Jayashri. This situational track is for Samantha’s maternal instincts. There are some lovely flutes on this track and along with the female chorus, we are reminded of the classic ‘Yamunai Aatrile’ from Thalapathy.
Raangu – A regular set-based kuthu duet with a standard T Rajendar (a bit low-key) and a lively Sonu Kakkar behind the mic. The final 20 secs of the song are a high, but on the whole this pedestrian track will depend on some fun visuals to work.
VERDICT – ‘GV 50’ is a winner, which packs diverse varieties of songs starting from melody to kuthu gaana to the jolly peppy stuff. It’s sure to add value to the movie.