As the Mozart of Madras turns 48 today, we take a look back at his eventful 2014 and ask you to pick his best song from last year
AR Rahman has been one of the busiest music composers in the country during the year 2014. Be it Tamil films, Bollywood flicks or a Hollywood projects, the double Oscar winner had done all of it last year. After churning out some chartbusters last year, the fans of Mozart of Madras are excited since three of his works in 2014 - Kochadaiiyaan, Million Dollar arm and The Hundred Foot Journey, have been shortlisted for Oscar nominations.
On the occasion of Isai Puyal AR Rahman's birthday, we ask you Rahamaniacs to choose your favourite Rahaman Tamil number of 2014:
ARR delivered one heck of an album for Rajinikanth-Deepika Padukone starrer, Kochdaiiyaan, with each song trying to outrun other. Sung by SP Balasubramaniam and Sadhana Sargam, Medhuvaagathaan is a sweet romantic duet. This song is soft and breezy. The way in which Rahman manages to blend western instrumentation in a typical Indian Classical melody is par excellence. This duet reminds you of the initial days of Rahman in the music world when he used to give similar heartwarming melodies. This track is definitely a marvelous one and will surely touch a chord with all the romantics.
Sandi Kuthirai( Kaaviya Thalaivan)
Giving music of period musical drama is no child's play and who else could have scored such a brilliant album for Siddharth-Prithviraj;s Kaaviya Thalaivan other than Mozart of Madras himself. Sandi Kuthirai is a peppy, dance number that has a 60′s feel to it, right along the lines of Viswanathan Velai Vendum. The track simply oozes fun and the typical rock ‘n’ roll genre is brought back alive with some lively singing by Haricharan and by some jazz arrangements.The raw energy of the song adds to cheekiness of the lyrics, making Sandi Kuthirai one of the best mood uplifters.
It seems like Rahaman has a special place for Rajinikanth films in his heart. After giving out winners like Sivaji, Enthiran and Kochadaiiyaan, the Mozart of Madras dished out yet another memorable album for Rajinikanth-Sonakshi Sinha starrer Lingaa. And it is beyond that Mona Gasolina is the most popular song among all others. AR Rahman gives one of the most wackiest songs in recent times with Mona Gasolina. After some what odd start to the song, the song ups the ante with some mind blowing orchestral arrangements coupled with crazy indecipherable hoarse singing. Mona Gasolina is a fun quirky number penned by Karky, which shows Rahman’s mastery in the unique fusion of classical style music with western beats. Sung by the trio of Neeti Mohan, Tanvi Shah and Mano, the song is hands down the most enjoyable song of the album. Listen to Mona Gasolina and get mesmerised by varied styles of singing which the singers employ. This experimental number by ARR has surely hit the bull’s eye.
The song which is in tip of everybody's tongue these days is Mersalaayitten from Vikram's I. It is a fast paced dance number with incredible piano piece and high energy club beats. Sung by Anirudh Ravichander, Mersaayitten has catchy local Chennai slang as lyrics written by Kabilan. Neeti Mohan’s soft vocals amidst all the heavy musical arrangement is soothing.Kolaveri Di composer Anirudh has once again crooned a winner. Rahman fuses little folk beats here and there, adding desi flavour to the highly westernised song.
So Rahamaniacs, which is your favourite AR Rahman song of 2014? Vote!
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