Cast: Rajinikanth, Nayanthara, Yogi Babu, Suniel Shetty, Nivetha Thomas
Music: Anirudh Ravichander
Lyrics: Vivek, Yogi B, Senthuzhan, Syan
Direction: AR Murugadoss
Singer: SP Balasubramaniam, Anirudh Ravichander
The already popular ‘Chumma Kizhi’ single marks the latest addition to the list of SPB-Rajini intro numbers. SPB, like a rich old wine, still oozes class and has plenty of dominance. It turns out that the spirited singing is the only silver lining in an otherwise loud and jarring number. Anirudh goes into this default ‘kuthu’ mode when it comes for star vehicle songs. Be it Marana Mass or even Aaluma Doluma. The dated arrangements seem to be not that big a problem when compared to the lyrics. This song in particular should be recognized widely for how bad the lyrics are. Vivek’s lines do not make any sense whatsoever as random filler words get camouflaged as lines for the song. There is simply no sense of poetry or metrical composition or artistic construction. Also, adding ‘-u’ to every word is not the one-way solution to write lyrics. The combination of SPB & Anirudh salvage the situation somehow.
Singers: Anirudh Ravichander, Yogi B, Shakthisree Gopalan
Lyrics: Yogi B, Senthuzhan, Syan
Dynamite! ‘Thani Vazhi’ is Yogi B’s show all the way. The song sets out as a character establishment song with lyrics that tells us about ‘Adithya Arunachalam’ but somewhere down the line, the lyrics sound as if they are intended about ‘thalaivar’ himself. The tone of the song changes midway as Yogi B breaks down into a folksy rap all of a sudden while the backing arrangements are effectively very much in the EDM zone. The much touted ‘adhisayam-arputham’ catchphrase makes an appearance too. Can’t wait to see the frenzy in theatres when this track plays out.
Tharam Maara Single
Singers: Anirudh Ravichander, Arjun Chandy
‘Tharam Maara Single’, quite ironically, turns out to be the best song of the album. Ironical because, the song sounds like something from a Sivakarthikeyan movie and has very little identities of a typical Rajini song. The lyrics are again an abomination and the lines sound as if random, supposedly ‘trendy’ words are thrown in to fit the tune. One cannot fathom ‘Thalaivar’ singing lines like ‘Tharam Maara Single Naanadi’. But, Anirudh saves the day & brings in a breezy tune which is foot tapping. The accompanying bongo percussions add a Moroccan flavour to the tune which ends on a real high with the gibberish portions sung to perfection. Onus is on the director now to surprise us!
Singer: Nakash Aziz
‘Dumm Dumm’ has a very pedestrian tune that doesn’t rise above the template. The song starts off with a Bhangra like prelude from where Nakash picks up the vocals. The chorus portions echoing the ‘wedding’ setting form the hook line while the arrangements are laced with nathaswaram, tabla and other wedding song prerequisites. Not quite catchy in the first attempt and needs multiple listens to grow on us!
The Villain Theme doesn’t do anything spectacular in its short runtime. This track isn’t large on arrangements as it is very groove-centric and plays out as a standard instrumental. However, the Thalaivar Theme is a whoot. This short, potential ringtone track plays out like a perfect theatrical recipe for the fans and sounds like a companion piece to Anirudh’s theme music from ‘Petta’.
‘Darbar’ – the follow-up album in the Rajinikanth-Anirudh combination is not as successful as its predecessor ‘Petta’ and a large chunk of that problem is due to unimpressive lyrics. When the lyrics make sense and are not awkward, it automatically touches the listener’s soul and enables them to sing along. Sadly, in the case of Darbar, it is quite the opposite. Anirudh’s tunes are good enough to work in the theatres as they seem to be tailor made for Thalaivar’s fans. Two out of the four songs work instantly and the rest of the album needs few more reruns to work at their fullest.
Picks from the album: Tharam Maara Single, Thani Vazhi
Album Verdict: Not quite exciting as ‘Petta’ despite few highs!
Album Rating: 3/5