Saturday, April 30, 2011

Manikya Kallu New Stills

City Of God Music Review - A Mixture of Music Styles in 'City of God'

Young director Lijo Jose Pallassery has repeated his music director of the debut film Prasanth Pillai, again for his new multistarrer 'City of God'. Though the album has some mediocre music which reminds of many famous tracks of south, a couple of songs and orchestrations are worth mentioning and asks for repeat hearing. One of the qualities of the album is that many tracks grows on you with repeated hearing. Most of the songs in the album are penned by Anil Panachooran while a few are by Preethi Pillai.

'Nee akaleyaano' The album opens with this magical song which at first gives the air of an album song and then moves away from conventional filmi tracks in its later half. The voice of V Sreekumar (‘Anoragavilochanan’ fame )gels well with fascinating orchestration lead by mouth organ and accordion pieces. The song also uses pieces of Sayanora's and Preethi pillai's vocal support for its English parts and building its amazing chorus.

'kaalangal' This is the pick of the songs in the album rendered by Prethipillai and Charan raj. Preethi, a chinmayi-swarnalatha hear alike has share of voice in many of the songs in this album, and thus proves the versatility of her relatively fresh and mesmerising voice. The song, quite soothing as a lullaby, is likely to be a long term favorite of lovers of soft songs.The track is repeated as an instrumental version too.The music director goes for a lot of experimentation, working over time for orchestration of this song too.

'Praayam 17' The song uses the rustic voices of Sonu Kakkar and K S krishnan. The prelude to Prayam is interesting with its qawaali and jazz elements but very soon takes the form of a nostalgic fusion piece, with its base guitar support. The lyrics is too different from the usual with that 'Vannithe naanitha raaja, naan thaada naaan thaada raaja' beats reminding and remaining in the brain for long. The song mixes a lot of styles making it a ‘avial’ mix.

'Annan Sonna' While dealing with Tamil lives, there must be an obligatory dappankuthu song, and here it is in the form of ‘Annan Sonna’.Velmurugan, Madurai, Chinna Ponnu and the music director Prashant himself join the kuthu track. The attempt has many inventive elements like the cycle bell sound to police siren and other ethnic elements like ‘Aaha aah, yeh yeh’ symphony..The song also have as ‘Live in Chicago Jazz Club‘version, with piano arrangement by Yakzon..

Betabi is the Hindi song sung by Murthaza Mustaa and qadir Musthafa for ‘city of God’. The song is reused from Prashant’s earlier soundtrack, Rahu. Bethaabi’seems to be a half baked attempt, heavily influenced by A RRahman’s music, and, many works by Sukhwinder Singh.

Jeevitham, is the solo rendered by Preethi Pillai. The lyrics are pretty usual and preachy and seem to be a background song in the movie.The instrumentation is again different and noteworthy, though the song has low shell life.

All in all, 'City of God' is an interesting album for serious listeners of music, while the lovers of mass numbers will have to get satisfied with a couple of numbers. Anyhow, the music director seems to be in the right track, this time spending more time in fine tuning the orchestration and mixing various styles. Definitely a worthy addition to the new bunch of musicians like Bijipal and Deepak Dev, Prashanth Pillai is expected to be heard more in future.


Friday, April 29, 2011

From Vinayachandran Mash

ഒരു കുട്ടിയും, താന്‍ മോശമാണെന്ന് വിചാരിക്കാറില്ല, സ്വന്തം മകനോ മകളോ പഠിച്ച് നല്ല നിലയില്‍ എത്തണമെന്ന് ആഗ്രഹിക്കാത്ത രക്ഷിതാക്കളും ഉണ്ടാവില്ല. എല്ലാവരുടെയും ഉള്ളിലുണ്ട്, നല്ലൊരു ജീവിതത്തെക്കുറിച്ചുള്ള പ്രതീക്ഷ, പക്ഷെ വണ്ണാന്‍മലക്കാര്‍ക്കിതോന്നുമില്ല. ഓരോ ദിവസവും എങ്ങനെയെങ്കിലും കഴിഞ്ഞുപോണം.

എല്ലാം അറിഞ്ഞുകൊണ്ട് തന്നെ, ആ "മോശപ്പെട്ട നാട്ടില്‍, മോശപ്പെട്ട സ്കൂളില്‍, മോശപ്പെട്ട കുട്ടികളെ" പഠിപ്പിക്കാന്‍ ഞാനെത്തി. സ്കൂളിലെ സഹപ്രവര്‍ത്തകര്‍ എന്നെ പരിഹസിച്ചു, കുട്ടികള്‍ കളിയാക്കി. എനിക്ക് ദേഷ്യമോ സങ്കടമോ തോന്നിയില്ല. കാരണം, കൊച്ചു കൊച്ചു മത്സരങ്ങള്‍ നടത്തി എല്ലാവര്‍കും നോട്ടു ബുക്കുകളും, നാരങ്ങാ മിട്ടായിയും സമ്മാനമായി കൊടുക്കാറുള്ള 'ഒരു മാഷിന്‍റെ നൊമ്പരങ്ങള്‍' എന്‍റെ നെഞ്ഞ്ജിന്‍റെ നെരിപ്പോടില്‍ നീറുന്നുണ്ടായിരുന്നു. അതുകൊണ്ട് പരിഹാസങ്ങളും കുത്തുവാക്കുകളും എന്നെ തളര്‍ത്തിയില്ല.

ആത്മവിശ്വാസം ഇല്ലാത്ത, ആഗ്രഹാങ്ങളില്ലാത്ത 12 കുട്ടികള്‍. അവരെ ഞാന്‍ സ്വപ്നം കാണാന്‍ പഠിപ്പിച്ചു... സ്നേഹിച്ചു... ഒരു പൂവിതള്‍ സമ്മാനമായി കൊടുത്തപ്പോള്‍ അവര്‍ എനിക്ക് ഒരു പൂന്തോട്ടം തന്നെ സമ്മാനിച്ച്‌ നല്‍കി... ആ വൃന്ദാവനത്തിലേക്ക് ഞാന്‍ നിങ്ങളെ സ്നേഹപൂര്‍വ്വം ക്ഷണിക്കുന്നു.
കുടുംബത്തോടോപ്പോം വന്നു അനുഗ്രഹിക്കണം.

വിനയചന്ദ്രന്‍ മാഷ്

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Exclusive: Prithviraj weds Supriya

Prithviraj tied the knot with Mumbai-based BBC journalist Supriya Menon at Kandath Heritage Villa at Thenkurissy on April 25.

The wedding was a private affair - closed to the media, film industry and the public.

Around 30 guests, including Prithviraj's mother Mallika Sukumaran, brother Indrajith, his wife Poornima and their children, attended the marriage.

Supriya, who hails from Shantinagar in Palakkad, was accompanied by her father Vijay K Menon, mother Padma, friends and relatives.

Supriya wore a simple, off-white Benares sari with a maroon border, while Prithviraj dressed in the traditional mundu and kurta.

A grand reception is being planned at the Le Meridian in Ernakulam on May 1.


Prithviraj to attend Asiavision Television Awards 2011 on May 6th at Al Nasr Leisure Land, Dubai

Karmayogi Promises to be Different !!!


Three Kings is A Fun Riot !!!

Director VK Prakash's Three Kings is a fun riot with Kunchacko Boban, Indrajith and Jayasurya playing lead roles.

They play cousins who are competing against each other to make ends meet. Sandhya, Samvrutha and Ann Augustine play the female leads.

It is pure madness most of the time, which translates into funny moments on screen, says the director. The three male leads can't stand each other and they are in a race to make a fast buck and make it big. Each one makes the going tough for the other two and it all adds to the fun.
Camera is by Venu and Shibu Chakravarthy is the music director. Three Kings is being produced under KNM Films banner.