Cast: Vijay, Samantha, Neil Nithin Mukesh, Sathish
Music: Anirudh Ravichander
Lyrics: Hip Hop Tamizha, Madhan Karky, Pa. Vijay, Yugabharathi
Direction: AR Murugadoss
Produced : A Subaskaran & K Kaunamoorthy
Expectations are sky-high as AR Murugadoss and Vijay join hands for the second time with Kaththi after a successful outing in ‘Thupakki’.Kaththi also marks the combination of Murugadoss-Anirudh and Vijay-Samantha for the first time. The audio got released amidst huge excitement from the fans and let us find out how the album has turned out:
Singers: Anirudh, Hiphop Tamizha
‘Pakkam Vanthu’ is Anirudh’s show all the way!
The song starts off with the rap portions by Hiphop Tamizha which would take some time to get used to but Anirudh – the composer & the singer dominates the show after 1:00 especially with the interludes woven with funky beats and nadaswaram portions. It is very clear that Anirudh has tried out an experiment with rap-traditional fusion and it sounds highly fresh and innovative. The song raises its tempo as it progresses and ends as one of the ear-catchy numbers of the album.
Singers: Shankar Mahadevan, Shwetha Mohan
Probably the weakest song in the album!’Paalam’ marks the first time collaboration of Shankar Mahadevan and Anirudh. Except for the sudden bursts of energetic and high-pitched portions, the song falls flat during the remaining portions. Might improve with repeated listening and the visuals!
Hugely popular among youngsters and Vijay fans owing to the teaser that got released several weeks back. ’Kaththi Theme’ is a minute long instrumental that has some caller tune worthy portions followed by miniscule vocal rendition of the title ‘Kaththi’.
Singers: Vijay, Sunidhi Chauhan
Already hugely popular, thanks to the social
media and as a result of that we could already see people using the term ‘Let’s take a Selfie Pulla’ everywhere. The title hook of the song is pretty addictive but the song does follow the pattern of songs like ‘Kattu Kattu’ & ‘Gandi Baat’. Vijay does an impressive job with
his singing and seems to have had lot of fun while singing this number. The lyrics do focus on the current generation common terms like Instagram, Photoshop much along the lines of Google Google. Get your dancing shoes on!
After providing several noteworthy instrumentals in movies like 3, Ethirneechal & VIP, Anirudh continues that trend in ‘Kaththi’ too. The ‘Bad Eyes Villain’ theme music has an interesting array of instruments like veena, pan flute along with an extended fusion of ‘jadhis’. Sounds similar to Snoop Dogg’s ‘Wiggle’ in parts but overall, this track gives an enthralling feel.
Singer: KJ Yesudas
KJ Yesudas is on a roll this year! Having sung a stupendous song in Sigaram Thodu, he is back in action with ‘Nee Yaaro’. Anirudh who had delivered ‘Amma Amma’ in his previous movie has delivered another song in the same mould. The high pitch portions in the charanam are sung with a grace that could be matched by very few behind the microphones. Minimal instruments and more emphasis on lyrics and raagas is a different type of offering from Anirudh.
Singers: Vishal Dadlani, Anirudh
‘Aathi’ is undoubtedly the best track of the album. Vishal Dadlani’s Tamil diction is a bit off but the tune compensates for that with its instant catchiness. The guitar work that comes during the second interval is Deep Purple-ish and deserves applause. The ‘Un Azhagil En Idhayam’ hook is certainly the high point of the song. Anirudh excels in his attempt at soft rock!
On the whole, ’Kaththi’ has an interesting collection of several chartbusters along with experimental tracks and instrumentals. The peppy and the instantly likable tunes would work wonders for the movie if they are used properly.
Picks from the album: Aathi, Selfie Pulla, Pakkam Vandhu, Kaththi Theme
Verdict: Anirudh delivers a fresh soundtrack that works for most parts!