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Not truly Gangai Amaran

The audio of “Ragavan” was released recently



Launch Audio release of “Ragavan”

With “Ragavan”, Gangai Amaran dons the role of a music director after a long hiatus. Starring first-timer Vijith and Radhika Malhotra in the lead, the film is produced by M. Selvaraj’s Aghyna Productions. Actor Vijith was a software engineer in France, till his passion for films brought him to Chennai. It is directed by Parandhaman, who was an assistant to film director Selvaraghavan. He has also written the screenplay and dialogue.

The cast also includes Manoj K. Jayan and Singamuthu. The film revolves around a man who brings a terrorist before the court of law. Kevin Suresh has handled the camera while B. Lenin has done the editing.

The audio of the film was released recently. There are seven songs in the album, and ‘Yaarum’ is sung by Shyam and Maya, and written by Parandhaman. ‘Kudumagane’ is the remix of an old popular number. It is sung by Sendildos and Priyadharshini. One is convinced it’s better to leave old hits alone, as it’s a Herculean task to reproduce the same magic. ‘Ooththura’ is a koothu-based song sung by Premji Amaren and Suchitra. Neither has done justice to the song. In ‘Vaazhvai’ sung and written by Gangai Amaran, he has scored as a lyricist. ‘Sithanna Vasalil’ is a duet written by Na. Muthukumar, and sung by Haricharan and Anuradha Sriram. Anuradha’s voice is not at its best. Sendildos and Priyadharshini have sung ‘Kannadi’ written by Na. Muthukumar. This is one of the better numbers in the album, and the singers too have given it their best. He has also written the number ‘Parthal’, sung by Maya. It’s pretty good too, but not as good as the composer’s older works.

Listening to the songs you realise Gangai Amaran, who has written, sung and composed music for evergreen hits such as “Vazhve Mayam”, was caught in a dilemma — whether to stick to the old style or try contemporary music. Finally, he’s tried what music directors today do — bury lyrics in the cacophony of the instruments — and has lost his identity in the bargain.

S.R. ASHOK KUMAR

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