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|Song by A. R. Rahman (Composer) & Alphonse (Singer)|
|from the album Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (soundtrack) and Ye Maaya Chesave (soundtrack)|
|Released||12 January 2010 (original version)|
19 November 2010 (female version)
|Format||CD single, Digital download|
|Recorded||2009; Panchathan Record Inn and AM Studios, Chennai, India|
"Aaromale" (English: O Beloved) is a Malayalam song from the 2010 Tamil film Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa and Telugu film Ye Maaya Chesave composed by A. R. Rahman, featuring lyrics by Kaithapram and the word Aaromale frequently used in the 2012 Hindi version of the song in the film Ekk Deewana Tha with lyrics by Javed Akhtar. The song is sung by Malayalam composer Alphons Joseph. The song was well received upon release and was a chart topper.
A. R. Rahman was asked to score only six songs for the soundtrack, but later he suggested including a song with Malayalam lyrics that was apt for the script. He himself suggested lyricist Kaithapram and the singer Alphons to whom he made an acquaintance during the audio launch of Alphons' debut album Vellithira.
Alphonse said in an interview that Rahman had composed only the chorus portion before the recording and the remaining rock portion was composed instantly in presence of him and lyricist Kaithapram during the recording time. The lyrics were also written on the time of recording only. The song was made in about four hours.
About the song
The song begins with the elements of Blues and concludes in a psychedelic rock fashion. The chorus portion is based on the Hindustani raga Bageshri. Penned by Kaithapram, the song is high in instrumentation and quick changing rhythms. The song starts slow but goes on to pick speed slightly. The song has guitar scores that give the feel of country music. "Aaromale" is said to be regarded as one of the very few songs which use the variance of this raga in depicting the mixed emotions of rejoice and the waiting for reunion.
The singer Alphonse, a Malayalam composer, had earlier sung certain songs for films and music albums, all composed by himself. He got notice outside Kerala only after this song. The rendition of Alphonse got high appreciations from fans and critics and Rahman made him participate in his much anticipated world tour.
The song features Silambarasan in Tamil and Naga Chaitanya in Telugu. The song is picturised when Karthik, who was an aspirant to become a filmmaker completes his first script and plans further on it. It also features Jessy (Trisha in Tamil and Samantha in Telugu) for whom Karthik is waiting for a reunion with. The picturisation of this track took place in Alappuzha in Kerala and Chennai. The song depicts the mixed emotions, of the protagonist, of rejoice and the waiting for reunion with his beloved. The initial Guitar strings and the female humming of the song were used in background music for many portions of the film. The humming in the background were rendered by Shreya Ghoshal. This was confirmed by the composer's music label manager, Mr. Vijay Iyer in the official yahoo group of A. R.Rahman fans. But, there were criticisms that the director who picturised all the songs in the film very well with his cinematographer Manoj Paramahamsa did not give any importance in the picturisation of this song as dialogues and situational scenes interrupted the song. Also, the second stanza of the chorus portion was not included.
A female version of the song, sung by Shreya Ghoshal, was released on 19 November. This track was released as part of the collector's edition of the soundtrack, titled A. R. Rahman Collectors' Edition Pack of Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa. Shreya Ghoshal had also performed the song when it was used in the background score of the film.
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