Cast: Rajinikanth, Anushka Shetty, Sonakshi Sinha, Jagapati Babu, Radha Ravi, Santhanam, R Sundarrajan
Music: A. R Rahman
Cinematography: R. Rathnavelu
Lyrics: Vairamuthu, Madhan Karky
Direction: KS Ravikumar
‘Lingaa’ marks the re-union of KS Ravikumar-Rajinikanth-A. R Rahman combo for the third time after successful outings like ‘Muthu’ and ‘Padayappa’. Although a Rajini movie offers very little room for experimentation with music, there is always a buzz when the audio is round the corner. Let us see how the album has turned out:
Singers: S. P Balasubramanyam, Aaryan Dinesh Kanagarathnam
‘Oh Nanba’ is the quintessential SPB number which everyone would look forward to in a Rajini movie. The entire song has an arabic touch to it and is stylized like a 70’s bollywood number. Aaryan Dinesh who sung the impressive ‘Magudi’ in Kadal is underutilized here. The entire tune feels a bit rushed and one would rather have to say that the regular ARR touch is missing.
Singers: Mano, Neeti Mohan, Tanvi Shah
Lyrics: Madhan Karky
The real show stealer! ‘Mona Gasolina’ is vintage Mano at his best with thundering vocals and grand percussion arrangements on the lines of ‘Athiradi Kaaran’ and ‘Om Zaarare Zaara’. The ‘pallavi’ when repeated in several places gives us goosebumps. The lyrics although nonsensical are very Vaali-ish. The album’s best!
Singers: Srinivas, Aditi Paul
The standard duet that would find place in a Rajini movie has arrived in the form of ‘En Mannava’ featuring vocals from Srinivas and Aditi Paul (her diction being too good). The tune is pretty simple and is catchy. The instrumentation relies more on dholak, chimes and other pleasant instruments that don’t jar Vairamuthu’s lyrics. Has scope to be visually shot well too!
Singers: A. R Rahman
‘Indiane Vaa’ is a typical inspiration number which one would expect in a Rajini-Rahman combo. The gospel like chorus portions during the interludes adds depth to the song. The scale shift during the ‘charanam’ is signature Rahman who dons the singer’s hat and pulls off the song successfully. ’Indiane Vaa’ is one of the better tracks in the album.
Unmai Orunaal Vellum
‘Unmai Orunaal Vellum’ is pretty much a lyric oriented number giving space to emotions and values. There is nothing remarkable in the tune which is shaped on the mold of yesteryear Rahman’s numbers like Vidukadhaiya, Rajyama Imayama. This track in all probabilities would appear at a crucial juncture in the movie.
On the whole, ’Lingaa’ is a highly underwhelming album from the twin Oscar winner whose recent music releases ‘I’ and ‘Kaaviya Thalaivan’ grew tremendously on the listeners and got him rave reviews. The fact that every song’s genre is almost similar to a template gives no room for experimentation. The visuals are sure to engage the audience as the presence of Rajini is an added boost. But musically, ’Lingaa’ needs some time to grow and is definitely nowhere near Rahman’s best.
Picks from the album: Mona Gasolina, Indiane Vaa
Album Verdict: More Rajini-ish ; Less Rahman-ish !
Album Rating: 3/5