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'Amar Akbar Anthony' music review

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Amar Akbar Anthony music review

Nadhirshah is an all-rounder. Malayali audience have seen him donning various hats, right from his mimicry days. Now, he is making his feature film director debut with the multi-starrer Amar Akbar Anthony, a comedy. He has also handled the music department of the movie's album, which comprises five tracks.

Nadhirshah has written and composed songs previously too, and a good number of them were parodies. Remember 'Makkasai Makkasai' of Priyadarshan's Dileep-starrer Vettam? Nadhirshah is known for writing a sort of silly yet witty numbers.

Let's see how the composer in him has fared in Amar Akbar Anthony. The lyrics are by Nadhirshah, Santhosh Varma and Bapu Vavad.

Premamennal (Singers: Prithviraj, Jayasurya, Indrajith, Kalabhavan Shajon)

Prithviraj, Jayasurya, Indrajith—these young stars of Malayalam have, separately, sung a couple of solos in their films. And they were good listens if not great. Be it the Puthiya Mukham title track (Prithviraj), or Anthinila in Mullavalliyum Thenmaavum (Indrajith) or Aashichavan of Punyalan Agarbattis (Jayasurya). Indrajith's Ee Mizhiyimakal in Angels and Prithviraj's Ivide title song can be added to this list too.

Here, the three of them and Kalabhavan Shajon team up for Premamennal, a supposedly fun song and it turns out to be a dud. The singing is okayish, but we can go easy on the star singers, as the blame doesn't fall on them. Written by Nadhirshah himself, his composition offers another run-of-the-mill tune which has irritable dosages of auto-tune in it. Adding to it, the song stretches out to an unbearable 5 minute 35 seconds long one. Two minutes into the song, I was waiting for it to end. Enough said.

Manjaadum (Vijay Yesudas, Afsal, Samad)

Vijay Yesudas has been having a good run of late. His renditions Malare (Premam) and Kannodu Chollanu (Ennu Ninte Moideen) won him accolades. So, I was expecting a neat track in Manjaadum, sung by the Yesudas Jr, Afsal (yeah, we have not seen much of him in film soundtracks lately) and Samad (the voice behind many of those Dey Maveli Kombathu parodies). That was the least of my expectations.

The first 30 seconds itself had me surprised, but in a bad way. The brief Mappilapattu intro soon paved the way for another fast number which was way too ordinary. A poorly done loop takes us to the pallavi in Afsal's voice. A mix of Hindi movie titles (duh!) and Afsal takes it back to where it began. It's Samad's turn now in charanam with Tamil lyrics. Nah, nothing interesting. The rhythm shifting from retro to North Indian to dappankuthu doesn't help too. Another highly uninspiring number.

P.S: The beginning, strangely, reminded me of Kannivasantham, a quality fast number composed by Stephen Devassy and sung by Vijay Yesudas himself for the lesser-known film KQ. That was class! You can listen to it here:

P.S.S: Netizens say they were reminded of Maane Madhura Karimbe from the 1983 film Pinnilavu starring Mammootty. It was sung by Yesudas.

Inno Njaanente (Baby Sreya)

A simple, pleasing listen this one is. Nadhirshah lets Baby Sreya's vocals take control of the song and he keeps it so throughout the song. The flute connects the stanzas. Inno Njaanente is nothing astounding, but is a great relief from the first two numbers.

Pranayam (Nadhirshah)

Nadhirshah, the director, has written the lyrics, set the tune and crooned as well. No, it is not another fast number and Nadhirshah follows the style of Malayalam poetry recitation for this song. Pranayam is another passable number, the lyrics of which may/may not interest you.

Premamennal (Reprise) (Nadhirshah)

Interestingly, this one sounds better than the original. Maybe because it is easy on the ears, as we don't have to shift between four vocals and can stick with one. Add to it the fact that Nadhirshah has brought in that humourous tone to his singing, which may hover around 'interesting' maybe, but it doesn't get very close; it's not enough to change the fact that the tune is indeed mediocre.

Verdict

Amar Akbar Anthony releases this Friday and you will be listening to the songs in the theatre. That will do.

By the way, at the theatre, you have something to look out for. The background score is by the National Award wininng musician Bijibal.

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    'Amar Akbar Anthony' audio launch
  • 'Amar Akbar Anthony' audio launch

    'Amar Akbar Anthony' audio launch
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    'Amar Akbar Anthony' audio launch
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    'Amar Akbar Anthony' audio launch
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    'Amar Akbar Anthony' audio launch
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    'Amar Akbar Anthony' audio launch
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