Music Review: Mankatha

Music Review: Mankatha

Features 10-Aug-2011 3:38 PM IST Top 10 Cinema Comments

It’s nearly been nearly 17 months we had Ajith Kumar’s film hitting screens. Following ‘Aasal’, the actor took a long time finalizing his 50th film and now we have the audio of his ‘Mankatha’ hitting the stands of audio stores. We bring you exclusive music review of ‘Mankatha’ that has some promising numbers.

1. Vilayaadu Mankatha

vocals: Anitha, Premgi Amaren,Ranjith, Suchitra, Yuvan Shankar Raja and others

Lyrics: Gangai Amaran, Yuvan ShankarRaja, Suchitra

The song swaps through various modes. To start off with, the beats faintly brings the most famous English pop Bebot Song from ‘Black Eyes Peas’ while the portions involving Anitha sound like an ancient black and while item song. But it’s the James Bond kind of music we hear through the instruments of Brass orchestrations that bump up our pulses. Major portions of the song are dominated by sound mixing and lots of gimmicks have been done over the voices.With so many singers included in the track, it’s obvious that your expectations would have been high at places. Yes, the song lives to the expectations and as the times goes on, we are sure it will surely attract the masses. But with the complete album pack reported of having a ‘Club Mix’ of this song, it can be predicted that the fast-paced version will intensify the feeling. It sounds like the song has been purposely composed with medium pace with accordance tothe dancing ability of Ajith Kumar. Gangai Amaran seems to have crafted the lyrics in an unstrained manner. Only few lines are catchy,but Yuvan embellishes with his earnest efforts to give a right feel of club song.

2. Nee Naan

Vocals: SP Charan, Bhavatharani

Lyrics: Niranjan Bharathi

Soothing melody that will surely capture the interests of universal music lovers as Yuvan tries bringing the impact of his father Isaignani Ilayaraja. SP Charan and Bhavatharani make it together a good pair rendering this song. Incisively, Bhavatharani has taken scrutinizing efforts over shifting the pitches. The musical aspect is so mild with guitars and strings dominating a lot.

3. Vaada Bin Lada

Vocals: Krish, Suchitra

Lyrics: Vaali

It sounds like a remix of late 80s item number... What’s more highlighting about the song is that the singers have tried shifting their paradigms. Sound engineers have taken an endeavouring attempt over modulating the voices of these singers. One would really wonder whether is it Krish rendering the song. Yuvan takes up techno beats as the backdrop and the rhythmic pattern during the first and second verses is catchy.

4. Machi Open The Bottle

Vocals: Mano, Premgi Amaran, Tippu, Haricharan, Naveen

Lyrics: Vaali

No need of analysis. This is a pure treat for the mass audiences and it’s gonna create ripples of sensation in theatres. Perhaps, it will turn cinema into dance floors. The lyrical lines are so invigorating to the senses of youth cohorts. In most parts, the song reminiscences of ‘Saroja Saamaan Nikalo’ (Chennai 600028). But with the second interlude, the song goes through a different pattern.


Vocals: Madhushree, Yuvan Shankar Raja

Lyrics: Vaali

One of the best songs in the album and it’ a slow poison indeed that will get itself injected into the senses of listeners as they keep hearing it. The musical composition is so beautiful and it gives the right feel of what is required for a romantic song. The lyrical lines by Vaali are the biggest assets for this song.

6. Balleilakka

Vocals: Karthik, Vijay Yesudas, Anusha Dayanidhi

Lyrics: Gangai Amaran

Producer Dayanidhi Azhagiri’s wife Anushka makes her debut as playback singer. The song doesn’t evoke our spirits. Compared to other songs, this one is quite mediocre. Vijay Yesudas and Karthik have done their portions with good efforts.

7. Theme Music

Just look back to 5 years... Yuvan Shankar Raja had spelled tremendous signature music for ‘Billa 2007’ and after long years, it’s time to look upon this one. ‘Mankatha’ has outstanding signature theme music and it’s obvious that Yuvan Shankar Raja should have spent more time working on it. Mark our words! It will soon become the most favourite Ringtones in town.

8. Vilayaadu Mankatha (Extended Dance Mix)

Vocals: Premji Amaran along with singers in other track

Few were disappointed that the track ‘Vilayaadu Mankatha’ was with slow-paced tempo and it wasn’t like the one they saw in teasers. Okay! Here is the one to set the dance floors emblazoned and it is going ring higher in discotheques for all seasons.

On the whole, ‘Mankatha’ boasts of best tracks and it’s one of the best albums in Ajith Kumar’s career till the date.

Banner: Cloud Nine Movies

Production: Dayanidhi Azhagiri, Vivek Rathinavelu

Direction: Venkat Prabhu

Star-casts: Ajith Kumar, Arjun, Trisha, Lakshmi Rai, Anjali, Premji Amaran and others

Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja

Verdict: Go for it...

Review by Richard Mahesh

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