Cast: Vijay, Kajal Agarwal, Samantha, Nithya Menon, SJ Surya
Music: AR Rahman
Singers: Sathyaprakash, Kailash Kher, AV Pooja, Deepak
Already hugely popular thanks to the exclusive single release it had. ‘Aalaporaan Thamizhan’ sees AR Rahman returning to the folk genre after quite a long time. It must be said that the hook line of the tune does possess some punchy reverb. Sathyaprakash does a neat job behind the microphone and shoulders this track while Kailash Kher chips in with a cameo. Pretty evident that this track is all set to be loaded with colourful visuals.
Singers: AR Rahman, Shreya Ghoshal
‘Neethaane’ starts off as a very mundane track with its tune being pedestrian in the beginning. The song takes off to a high when ARR joins in with his portions. The addition of earthy, classical instruments during the interlude adds lot of pleasantness to the track. Nothing ground breaking in terms of the tune or the structure of the song but a very self-sufficient track that is pleasing enough to supplement rich visuals in foreign locales.
Singers: Sid Sriram, Shweta Mohan
Has to be the pick of the album! ‘Macho’ sees ARR in a wacky, techno zone where the composer has gone all fusion with seemingly interesting interludes laced on a trance setting. Sid Sriram’s signature rendition adds to the quirkiness that the song aims for. The lyrics do sound odd at times and seems forced at times with its overbearing modernisation. However, a peppy tune makes up for it.
Singers: Naresh Iyer, Vishwaprasad, GV Prakash Kumar, Sharanya Srinivas
ARR does a mainstream here! ‘Mersal Arasan’ has to be the weakest track of the album mainly due to the fact that there is very little of the ace composer’s stamp here. GV Prakash does a rendition that is sufficient enough. But the real downer here is the tune that just meanders along without grasping a strong hold on the listeners. The ‘local’ flavour that the song tries to bring seems to be stale resulting in a forgettable listen.
On the whole, it needs to be established that ‘Mersal’ is nowhere near AR Rahman’s best nor among Vijay’s best (the actor has had a history of having peppy songs for most of his movies). The tunes don’t spell magic and it safely falls below one’s expectations. However, if we consider this as a soundtrack entity pertaining to this movie alone, ‘Mersal’ could still prove effective as the visuals along with leading star’s dancing skills are sure to elevate the songs. ‘Macho’ & ‘Alaporaan Thamizhan’ could very well turn out to be chartbusters from the lot.
Picks from the album: Macho, Alaporaan Thamizhan
Album Verdict: ARR delivers a middling album that needs its leading star’s power to hit the charts
Album Rating: 3/5