Mariyaan – Tamil Music Review

Posted by Anandhan Subbiah on May 13, 2013 in Featured, Movies, MusicNo comments


Mariyaan (English: The Man Who Never Dies) is an upcoming Tamil drama thriller film directed by Bharat Bala starring Dhanush alongside Parvathi Menon.Produced by Venu Ravichandran, the film has music and background score composed by A. R. Rahman, and cinematography by Marc Koninckx.The film revolves around a story of human survival adapted from a newspaper article of a real-life crisis event, when three oil workers from India were kidnapped and taken hostage in Sudan by mercenaries.The film is an emotional journey of a common man to an unknown place with the hope to come home and lead a better life.

I Love My Africa(AR Rahman, Blaaze, Madras Youth Choir)
Typical African beats fill the speakers and it is fun all the way with this unique song. The lyrics are mostly in Afrikaans. The minimal instrumentation actually helps keep it real. Even though the song is good I am not sure if this will feature in my playlists for a long time.

Innum Konjam Neram(Vijay Prakash, Swetha Mohan)
Vijay and Shweta fight it out in this playful and romantic track. As it is the case with most of the songs in the album the background instruments are kept at a minimum. The use of the accordion feels like an extension of the ‘Nenjukullae’ song from ‘Kadal’.

Kadal Raasa Naan(Yuvan Shankar Raja)
This song generated a lot of curiosity and expectation since Yuvan has sung for the first time in Rahman’s album. Yuvan has definitely given his best to the foot tapping tune composed by the Oscar worthy music director.Watch out for Yuvan’s elegant rendering and it is obvious he has changed his style a bit to match the rustic requirement. Dhanush has done a reasonable job as the lyricist as well.

Naetru Aval Irundhal(Vijay Prakash, Chinmayee)
This is a beautiful and breezy song sung by Vijay and Chinmayee. Vijay has toned it down a lot to deliver one of his most subtle performance of the year so far. The piano and the violin interludes are excellent and Chinmayee is one of the pillars of strength for this song.

Nenje Ezhu(AR Rahman)
A powerful song with excellent lyrics by Kutti Revathy, this song is sure to stay in the to top charts for a while. Hope, Hope, Hope is the mantra and the music wizard delivers behind the mike as well. The dramatic background serves as the perfect ambience for the tone of the song.

Sonapareeya(Javed Ali, Haricharan, Nakash Aziz)
A fun song with tacky instrumentation is another impressive composition from the album. The tune by itself is a smart mix of south Indian music with a slight Spanish interlude as a background. I think Javed is a misfit in some ways but in either case Haricharan and Nakash make it up with their unadulterated infusion of pure singing joy !

Enga Pona Raasa(Shakthisree Gopalan)
The pain of love and separation are so eloquently expressed in this song. The guitar just flows like water in the background. The lyrics are very simply and every single word is carefully chosen to accurately portray the lost feeling of the character. Shakthishree Gopalan is a really good find and she makes an emphatic point with this performance.

Overall this is one of the better albums in 2013. Rahman has extended his good run from ‘Kadal’. This is definitely a great buy !!

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