Production: Eros International, Red Chillies Entertainment
Direction: Anubhav Sinha
Star-casts: Shah Rukh Khan, Rajnikanth, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal and others
Music: Vishal and Shekar
Shah Rukh Khan’s films are rarely dubbed in Tamil. Last time we had him in Tamil was for the film ‘Uyire’ (Tamil version of Manirathnam’s Hindi movie ‘Dil Se’). The songs by A.R. Rahman were chartbusters as the tracks are still the best on charts. Nearly after a decade, we have Shah Rukh Khan’s film ‘Ra.One’ dubbed in Tamil with the same title. With Tamil film market reaching at its best across the global market, SRK has dubbed the film in Tamil. Vairamuthu has penned lyrics for the Tamil version with Bollywood’s leading music directors Vishal and Shekar tuning melodies. Well, it’s a special album as it brings the big brands like Akon and SRK together.
1. Mutthada Chammak Chalo
Voices: Akon, Vishal Dhattani, Hamiska Iyer
This has been making high waves much prior to the release of Hindi version as it has the world’s No.1 leading pop singer Akon. The Tamil lyrics are little out of clarity, but guess what the Hindi song carries few lines of Tamil and even the costumes and choreography are done in South Indian style. But as you keep hearing the song, it’s gonna carry you way. Especially, this is going to be a big blast for the party animals on the dance floors.
2. Pacchai Poove
Voices: Akon, Shankar Mahadevan, Shalini Singh
This is the ultimate style of Akon as it sounds almost like a classy fusion and it’s more revealing with the combination of singers. The music slightly reminds us off famous Hindi song ‘My Desi Girl’ from Dostana (Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham and Priyanka Chopra in lead roles). The song is so enchanting and in order to suit the tastes of Tamil audiences, the lyricist has used the brand names of leading Tamil actresses like Anushka, Sneha, etc, etc…
3. Poo Ulagama
Voices: Shankar Mahadevan, Unni Menon, Mithun
The song completely arrives in the style of South Indian flavor as the melody is so decorously done. The song opens with few lyrics in English lines. The rhythmic accompaniment doesn’t change and it remains the same till the end. You’ll keep loving the song as you keep hearing it for the first time. Overall, the song is fabulous and it invigorates our senses and indeed is refreshing in all arenas. A song that you can dedicate to your loved ones.
4. En Uyir
Outstanding lyrics by Vairamuthu and the beautiful solo by Chinmayee: These factors are more than enough to describe the song. ‘Kanniril Meen Vaazhumo’ – the song has so many adjective terms as it is here. But Vishal-Shankar could have avoided the English line that comes in between the verses. The live drums and string works with the chorus are additional attraction. Don’t miss the second prelude that comes with violin, Tabla and Flute.
5. Ulagam Ulagam
Voices: Naresh Iyer
Following a small break that came with ‘En Uyir’, the album gets back to the peppy track that is completely western. The song will do better with the visuals and choreography. Naresh Iyer is the right choice for this song and if it had been done with collaboration with singers like Benny Dayal, it would have been an additional attraction.
6. Yaarukkum Nenje
Voices: Shankar Mahadevan
The song is fast-paced and it has some resemblances of late 80s music of Hindi film like Don, Deewaar, etc, etc… The lyrics are so powerful and it inspires the listeners. But why do the music directors want to make Shankar Mahadevan croon it in a different style.
On the whole, ‘Ra One’ has some promising numbers and if they’re promoted with a greater magnitude, the songs will sure in markets. With Superstar Rajnikanth playing the role of ‘Chitti Robot’, it’s sure that the film will became a huge hit in box office here for this Diwali.
Verdict: A-ONE SONGS.
R. Richard Mahesh