Sivaji (soundtrack)

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Sivaji
Soundtrack album by A.R. Rahman
Released April 2, 2007 (2007-04-02)
Recorded Panchathan Record Inn and A.M. Studios (Chennai)
KM Musiq Studios (London)
Phase One Studios (Toronto)
Genre Feature film soundtrack, Film score
Length 36:10
Label AVM Music
Sony Music
Producer A.R. Rahman
A.R. Rahman chronology
Provoked
(2007)
Sivaji
(w2007)
Azhagiya Thamizh Magan
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Yahoo! India Movie Reviews 5/5 stars[1]

The Sivaji soundtrack was composed by A. R. Rahman. The soundtrack album includes seven tracks while the background score featured in the Tamil film Sivaji directed by S. Shankar and produced by AVM Productions.

A. R. Rahman was paid INR 5 Crores for the project, a milestone in Tamil film music, making Rahman the highest paid Indian music composer then.[2]

Development[edit]

As Sivaji became a major anticipated project, several false rumours about the soundtrack of the film were disseminated to websites and magazines. Despite the fact that early on during the project, Vairamuthu confirmed he had written a song called "Vaa..ji Vaa..ji Sivaji", no other major details about any other song was mentioned. Rumours went around that certain singers had sung in the project, including Rajinikanth. However, on 11 October 2006, the source, Behindwoods.com, mentioned that they had received credible information that Sivaji contained seven songs, five of which were set to be in the audio, with the other two being situational songs. Surprisingly, they also mentioned the five songs which were in the album. "Vaa...ji Vaa...ji Sivaji"[3] was mentioned to be the opening song of the film. They also reported that a philosophical song titled "Unpeyar Ennada"[4] was in the film, as per usual Rajinikanth films since Baba. Another song titled "Jee Boom Ba"[5] was mentioned as its picturization was to be filmed in either foreign locations or in Karnataka featuring the lead pair. A song called "Talla Dimi Takka Dimi Pucha"[6] was apparently supposed to contain Japanese lyrics and was set to be filmed in Japan, however the Sivaji crew did not travel to Japan for any purposes during the shoot. The final song mentioned was "Adaal Udan Pesadha Di... En Salangaiku Bhadil Solladi"[7] and it was mentioned as a remix from another film titled Vanjikottai Valiban. Behindwoods.com claimed that this song was set to come in the climax. However none of these possible songs, barring "Vaaji Vaaji", were in the final album.[8]

Before the official audio release on 2 April, on 22 March 2007 a dilemma arose over the illegal release of three preliminary tracks onto the internet.[9] Songs titled, Vaa..ji Vaa..ji En Jeevan Nee Sivaji, sung by Hariharan and Madhushree[10] Sahana Saaral Thoovudho sung by Udit Narayan and Sujatha[11] and finally a song titled, Oru Koodai Sunlight rendered by Tanvi, Shaggy and Blaaze became available on the internet.[12] However despite the uproar these songs caused, they were dismissed as scratchings for the picturization. Later the tracks were offiically released with Chinmayi instead of Sujatha, in Sahana and Suresh Peters added to the group of singers in Style (Oru Koodai Sunlight).[13]

The official audio of Sivaji released in India and overseas on 2 April 2007.[14] Unlike other major films, no pooja was held for the event and the album hit the stands straight away. The original audio cassette cover had an image of four Rajinikanths on its cover, while the CD version had an image of the lead pair on its cover.[15] The first song in the album is "Balleilakka," which features Rajinikanth dancing with Nayanthara, who makes a guest appearance in the film. It picturizes him dancing and singing while returning to Tamil Nadu from the United States of America, with a backdrop of paddy fields. Over four hundred dancing extras were used in the song, including Pulikali artistes from Kerala. The song's lyrics were penned by Na. Muthukumar and the song was sung by S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, who, as he did in Amarkalam, sang without stopping for nearly two minutes. The other singers are Rahman's elder sister Reihana and Telugu language singer Benny.[15]

The second song in the album is entitled "Style" and is sung by Ravi "Rags" Khote, Tanvi, Blaaze and Suresh Peters. The song was previously titled "Oru Koodai Sunlight" and was picturized in Bilbao, Spain. The song praises Rajinikanth's style and hero qualities.[15] The lyrics were penned by Pa. Vijay. The third song is "Vaaji Vaaji" and was picturized at Hyderabad's Ramoji Film City, with sets at a cost of three Indian Crores. Reports claim the song picturizes Rajinikanth in knee-length warrior clothing as the King of Egypt and Shriya Saran as Queen. The song, penned by Vairamuthu, has singers Hariharan and Madhushree singing.[15]

The fourth song in the album is "Athiradee" and is sung by A. R. Rahman and Sayonara, with lyrics written by Vaali.[15] The fifth and sixth songs of the album are titled "Sahana" and "Sahara" — one being an upbeat rendition and the other being a soulful rendition of the same number. Singing the upbeat rendition is Hindi language singer, Udit Narayan with Chinmayi while the soulful rendition singers are Vijay Yesudas and Gomathishree. Both songs have lyrics written by Vairamuthu, who was praised by Rajinikanth personally for his effort.[15] The final song in the album is a situational theme song entitled "The Boss", sung by Naresh Iyer, Blaaze and Raqueeb Alam, with lyrics from Na. Muthukumar and Blaaze.[15] Rahman worked with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and choral singers in Prague for the score.

Background score[edit]

A. R. Rahman re-recorded the background music in London.[16][17] Previously some re-recording of the score happened in Paraguay.[16]

Track listing[edit]

Tamil (original)[edit]

Tamil
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Balleilakka" (Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar) S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, A. R. Reihana, Benny 6.11
2. "Style" (Lyrics: Pa. Vijay) Blaaze, Tanvi, Ravi "Rags" Khote, Suresh Peters 5.16
3. "Vaaji Vaaji" (Lyrics: Vairamuthu) Hariharan, Madhushree 5.52
4. "Athiradee" (Lyrics: Vaali) A. R. Rahman, Sayonara 5.50
5. "Sahana" (Lyrics: Vairamuthu) Udit Narayan, Chinmayi 5.24
6. "The Boss" (Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar, Blaaze) Naresh Iyer, Blaaze, Raqueeb Alam 3.23
7. "Sahara" (Lyrics: Vairamuthu) Vijay Yesudas, Gomathishree 4.35

Telugu (dubbed)[edit]

No. Song Singers Length (m:ss) Lyrics Notes
1 "Balleilakka" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, A. R. Reihana, Benny 6.11 Bhuvana Chandra, Kulasekhar & Suddala Ashok Teja
2 "Style" Blaaze, Tanvi, Ravi "Rags" Khote, Suresh Peters 5.16
3 "Vaaji Vaaji" Hariharan, Madhushree 5.52
4 "Adhareeni" A. R. Rahman, Sayonara 5.50
5 "Sahana" Udit Narayan, Chinmayi 5.24
6 "The Boss" Naresh Iyer, Blaaze, Raqueeb Alam 3.23 Bhuvana Chandra, Kulasekhar & Suddala Ashok Teja, Blaaze
7 "Sahara" Vijay Yesudas, Gomathishree 4.35 Bhuvana Chandra, Kulasekhar & Suddala Ashok Teja

Hindi (dubbed)[edit]

Released on January 8, 2010 by K. Ravichandran, distributor for the Hindi version. Lyrics were written by P. K. Mishra (his last before his untimely death), Nitin Raikwar, Iqpal Pathni, and singer Raqueeb Aalam.

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Suraj Hai Chanda Hai (Balleilakka)" (Lyrics: P.K Mishra) Javed Ali, A. R. Reihana, Benny Dayal 6.11
2. "Style" (Lyrics: Nitin Raikwar) Blaaze, Tanvi, Ravi "Rags" Khote, Suresh Peters 5.16
3. "Wahji Wahji" (Lyrics: P.K. Mirsha) Hariharan, Madhushree 5.52
4. "Aandhi ki Tarha (Athiradee)" (Lyrics: Raqueeb Alam) A. R. Rahman, Sayonara 5.50
5. "Suhana Sama (Sahana)" (Lyrics: Iqbal Pathni) Udit Narayan, Chinmayi 5.24
6. "The Boss" (Lyrics: Nitin Raikwar) Naresh Iyer, Blaaze, Raqueeb Alam 3.23
7. "Suhana Sama - Version 2 (Sahara)" (Lyrics: Iqbal Pathni) Udit Narayan, Chinmayi 4.35

Release[edit]

The audio of Sivaji, which opened on 2 April 2007, saw the biggest response to an Indian soundtrack since the Rajiv Menon multistarrer, Kandukondain Kandukondain, which also had music by A. R. Rahman.[18] There was a pre-order of about 105,000 CDs and 90,000 cassettes before the release in Tamil Nadu, India. Repeat orders were received even by the close of the first day and many retail outlets reported stock outs.[18] By the end of 2 April, the total CD sales had increased to about 140,000 and cassettes had reached 108,000 sales. On the overseas front, the sales of CDs in Malaysia and Singapore reportedly set new records for Tamil films in terms of the amount of tracks sold.[18]

Within the first three days of the release of the Sivaji audio, over 150,000 phone treats (ringtones, truetones and wallpapers) had been downloaded.[19] Over Rs. 5,000,000 ($117,000) was made from this.[19] In the ringtone department, 200,000 ring tones had been downloaded as of 12 April 2007. Ringtones of the song "Athiradee" were the most popular, followed by "Vaaji Vaaji" and "Style" finishing a close third.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sivaji: Music Review". Yahoo.com. Archived from the original on 9 April 2007. Retrieved 3 April 2007. 
  2. ^ "The costliest Tamil film ever!". Rediff.com. Retrieved 3 April 2007. 
  3. ^ "Sivaji songs unveiled". Behindwoods.com. Retrieved 3 April 2007. 
  4. ^ "Sivaji has a philosophical song". Behindwoods.com. Retrieved 3 April 2007. 
  5. ^ "Rahman stirs brains in Sivaji". Behindwoods.com. Retrieved 3 April 2007. 
  6. ^ "Japanese lyrics in Sivaji". Behindwoods.com. Retrieved 3 April 2007. 
  7. ^ "A remix in Sivaji?". Behindwoods.com. Retrieved 3 April 2007. 
  8. ^ "Sivaji Songs Download". Smashhits.com. Retrieved 3 April 2007. 
  9. ^ "Sivaji songs sure a hit!". Oneindia.com. Retrieved 3 April 2007. 
  10. ^ "No longer a secret!". Oneindia.com. Retrieved 3 April 2007. 
  11. ^ "Black Thursday in Chennai!". Oneindia.com. Retrieved 3 April 2007. 
  12. ^ "Shaggy in Sivaji?". Oneindia.com. Retrieved 3 April 2007. 
  13. ^ "Sivaji songs released". Oneindia.com. Retrieved 3 April 2007. 
  14. ^ "Sivaji audio from April 2nd". Indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 3 April 2007. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f g "Sivaji out!". Indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 3 April 2007. 
  16. ^ a b "Background score for 'Sivaji' mixed in London!". Archived from the original on 2007-07-17. Retrieved 2007-04-12. 
  17. ^ "Audio raises expectations on Sivaji". Retrieved 2007-04-12. 
  18. ^ a b c d "First Week Report Exclusive". 2007-04-11. Retrieved 2007-04-11. 
  19. ^ a b "Mobile treat for Rajinikanth fans". 2007-04-11. Retrieved 2007-04-11.