Music Review: 'Kabali'

Ulagam Oruvanukka

Singers:Ananthu, Santhosh Narayanan, Gana Bala

Lyrics: Kabilan, Vivek

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This song is touted to be the intro song of Rajinikanth, which has the lyrics fittingly penned by Vivek. The high-spirited number keeps escalating and should possibly include all the ingredients of a typical ‘Rajini number’. As for the song, the fans are going to go wild in the theatres, especially for the line which says, “Ithuku per thaan thalaivar athiradi.” The song goes into a full-fledged folk number from the start and has a riveting chorus rap. The whistling with a timely bass towards the end is quite mesmerising. The scintillating number should feature the Superstar with some graceful moves.


Singers: Ananthu, Pradeep Kumar, Swetha Mohan

Lyrics: Uma Devi

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Going by the lyrics, it’s apparent that the song glorifies love. Santhosh’s melodious composition brings back the traits of Poo Avizhum Pozhudhil from his previous composition. The percussion also is a reminiscent of Avalukenna Azhagiya Mugam from Server Sundaram (1964)

Nevertheless, the song is pleasing to the ears as it blends the soulful voices of the lead singers.

Veera Thurandhara

Singers: Gana Bala, Lawrence R, Pradeep Kumar

Lyrics: Uma Devi

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The song starts with a series of instruments playing at the background in a non-linear fashion and one recalls the dolly-keyboard from the 90s which plays a series of pre-defined instruments when pressed. It would be interesting to see if the song scores visually or it would rather be a dull monologue which could reduce the pace of the film.

Vaanam Paarthen

Singers: Pradeep Kumar

Lyrics: Kabilan

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A slow pitched number which could possibly be a flashback between Rajinikanth and Radhika Apte. Santhosh Narayanan has given the preference to the vocals, specifically to drag the audience to the 90’s era and it has quite worked well.

Neruppu Da

Singers: Rajinikanth, Arunraja Kamraj

Lyrics: Arunraja Kamraj

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Easily the best of the lot. What stands out is the effective use of guitar riffs with an alarming sound at the background that keeps reverberating in our ears. The music director has intellectually used the voice of Rajinikanth and it is going to create buzz among the fans especially when the actor says, “Naanvaanthuten nu sollu! Thirumbavanthuten nu sollu”. True to the lyric, the entire song keeps you on fire. Also, throughout the song, we get to have a glimpse of the possible ‘mass moments’ in the film. Ever since the teaser of Kabali was out with a striking BGM, the expectations was high among the audience and needless to say, one has to give it to Santhosh Narayanan for carrying the huge burden. If pictured well, it is but a visual treat for the fans.

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