Kaatru Veliyidai (soundtrack)

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Kaatru Veliyidai (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Kaatru Veliyidai soundtrack.jpg
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedMarch 20, 2017
Recorded2016—17
StudioPanchathan Record Inn and AM Studios, Chennai
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length25:23
LanguageTamil
LabelSony Music India
ProducerA. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
OK Jaanu
(2017)
Kaatru Veliyidai (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
(2017)
Sachin: A Billion Dreams
(2017)
Singles from Kaatru Veliyidai
  1. "Azhagiye"
    Released: February 1, 2017[1]
  2. "Vaan"
    Released: February 14, 2017[2]
  3. "Saarattu Vandiyila"
    Released: March 1, 2017[3]

Kaatru Veliyidai (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (transl. Amidst the air)[4] is the soundtrack album, composed by A. R. Rahman,[5] to the 2017 Indian Tamil romance film of the same name written and directed by Mani Ratnam[6] starring Karthi [7] and Aditi Rao Hydari.[8] The soundtrack album consists of six tracks each in original Tamil and Telugu version of the album. Four of the tracks for the original version were penned by Vairamuthu,[9] one by his son Madhan Karky[10] and another by Shellee. The lyrics to the Telugu version were written by Sirivennela Sitaramasastri. The album won Rahman the National Film Award for Best Music Direction in the Songs category at the 65th National Film Awards which were announced on 13/04/18 [11] The choreography for the songs were done by Brinda[12] and the cinematography for the film by Ravi Varman.[13]

Development[edit]

In late 2016 Vairamuthu, the lyricist for this soundtrack revealed that this album would have seven songs but the original album could only retain six tracks. In the song Tango Kelaayo it was Haricharan himself who sang the female part with his vocal formant and pitch tweaked to modulate like a young sensuous female.[14] A. R. Rahman also said in an interview to The Hindu that Tango Kelaayo was the song from the album that took maximum time to complete. When Diwakar was called to sing, he was given only a small part. But later, impressed by his singing, Rahman decided to use him for the whole song- Diwakar said this in an interview to Behindwoods. When the song "Vaan" was being composed, Rahman used only keyboard as the basic instrument for the bgm and Shaasha's voice to which Mani Ratnam agreed. Later Rahman added a flute bit to the song after Ratnam had actually shot it in Belgrade, Serbia. Rahman also stated that a few portions of the background score were composed in London. The song "Jugni" had been sung by Indian Idol 2017 contestant Tejinder Singh (the Punjabi portions alone). This, he revealed on his Twitter page. The trailer which was unveiled by Mani Ratnam and A. R. Rahman on March 9 had the unreleased track "Tango Kelaayo"'s bgm and the other "Jugni" track playing in the background. The theatrical print also had a track "Anbay" playing in the background sung by Rahman himself and the song "Vaan (unplugged)" sung by Shashaa Tirupati, both not included in the original motion picture soundtrack album.

Marketing and Release[edit]

A musical glimpse of the film was released on 26 January 2017, and it was announced that the first single will be released on 2 February 2017.[15] A short teaser of the song "Azhagiye" was released on 1 February 2017,[16] and the full song was released the later day. The Telugu version of the song, titled "Hamsaro" was released on the same day. The lyric video reached 1 million views within 24 hours of its upload.[17] "Azhagiye", featuring the voices of Arjun Chandy, Haricharan and Jonita Gandhi, and lyrics by Madhan Karky (his second collaboration with Ratnam after Kadal) seems to be a breezy number from A. R. Rahman. The full song (Tamil and Telugu version) has been released on Wynk Music for Android users and on iTunes for Apple users. The second single track "Vaan" was released on 14 February 2017, coinciding with the Valentine's Day.[18] Before the single release, a promo of the song was released on 13 February 2017, on YouTube.[19] It was released in Telugu as "Maimaruppaa" on the same day. The third single track "Sarattu Vandiyila" was launched on 1 March 2017 at midnight, also in Telugu.[20][21]

Track listing[edit]

Original[edit]

Prior to the release of the full album the tracklist was released on 18 March 2017 by Madras Talkies on Twitter.[22] The soundtrack album of the Tamil version was released on 20 March 2017 with the presences of actors Suriya and Sivakumar coming as a special guest at the Sathyam Cinemas, Chennai.[23][24]

Kaatru Veliyidai (soundtrack)[25]
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Nallai Allai"VairamuthuSathya Prakash, Chinmayi3:59
2."Azhagiye"Madhan Karky, Navneet Virk (Punjabi Lyrics)Arjun Chandy, Haricharan, Jonita Gandhi3:44
3."Vaan"VairamuthuShashaa Tirupati4:15
4."Saarattu Vandiyile"VairamuthuA. R. Reihana, Nikhita Gandhi, Tippu4:44
5."Tango Kelaayo"VairamuthuHaricharan, Diwakar4:50
6."Jugni"ShelleeA. R. Rahman, Tejinder Singh, Raja Kumari (Rap vocals), Shikara5:03
Total length:25:23

The soundtrack also has an unplugged version of the song "Vaan Varuvaan", with a slightly varied lyrics by Vairamuthu and sung by Shashaa Tirupati which comes only in the theatrical version during the introduction of the female lead. The track does not include any instrumentation other than the keyboard being played in the background unlike the original song.

Telugu[edit]

Chelliyaa (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedMarch 21, 2017[26]
Recorded2016-2017
StudioPanchathan Record Inn and AM Studios, Chennai
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length25:21
LanguageTelugu
LabelSony Music India
ProducerA. R. Rahman
Singles from Chelliyaa
  1. "Hamsaro"
    Released: February 2, 2017
  2. "Maimarupaa"
    Released: February 14, 2017
  3. "Morethukuchindi"
    Released: March 1, 2017

The soundtrack of the Telugu version was released by Mani Ratnam and A. R. Rahman on 21 March 2017, at a promotional event held in Hyderabad.[27]

Cheliyaa (soundtrack)[28]
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Allei Allei"Sirivennela SitaramasastriAbhay Jodhpurkar, Chinmayi3:59
2."Hamsaro"Sirivennela Sitaramasastri, Navneet Virk (Punjabi Lyrics)Arjun Chandy, Haricharan, Jonita Gandhi3:45
3."Maimarupaa"Sirivennela SitaramasastriShashaa Tirupati4:15
4."Morethukuchindi"Sirivennela SitaramasastriA. R. Reihana, Nikhita Gandhi, Tippu4:44
5."Tango Kalalo"Sirivennela SitaramasastriHriday Gattani, Tanvi Shah4:50
6."Jugni"ShelleeA. R. Rahman, Tejinder Singh, Raja Kumari (Rap vocals), Shikara5:03
Total length:25:21

Album Credits[edit]

Credits adapted from info published in the official CD cover.

Backing vocals
Song Singers
"Nallai Allai"
"Allei Allei"
Arjun Chandy
"Azhagiye"
"Hamsaro"
Sid Sriram, Bawa Sahni, Keerthi Sagathia
"Vaan"
"Maimarupaa"
Arjun Chandy, Poorvi Koutish
"Saarattu Vandiyila" Arjun Chandy, Nivas, Santhosh, Aparna, Deepti Suresh, Abhay Jodhpurkar
"Morethukuchindi" Sowmiya, Deepthi, Jhansi, Veena, Soundarya, Triya, Sushma, Nivas, Deepak, Sathya Prakash, Shenbagaraj
Personnel
Song Personnel
"Nallai Allai"
"Allei Allei"
Guitar: Keba Jeremiah
Shehnai: Balesh
"Azhagiye"
"Hamsaro"
Guitar: Keba Jeremiah
Strings: Murali, Mohan, Basker, John
"Vaan"
"Maimarupaa"
Flute: Kiran
"Saarattu Vandiyila"
"Morethukuchindi"
Flute: Kamalakar
Guitar: Keba Jeremiah, Chris Jason
Percussions: T.Raja, Kumar, Yash
Mandolin: Subhani
Santoor: Subhani
Saz: Lokesh
Ukulele: Lokesh
"Tango Kelaayo"
"Tango Kalalo"
Accordion: Karthik Devaraj
Production
  • Producer: A. R. Rahman
  • Mastering: Suresh Permal
  • Mastering for iTunes: S. Sivakumar
  • Additional Programming: Ishaan Chhabra (for Azhagiye, Vaan, Tango Kelaayo, Tango Kalalo), Jim Sathya (for Tango Kelaayo and Tango Kalalo), T. R. Krishna Chetan (for Hamsaro)
  • Engineers (Panchathan Record Inn, Chennai): Suresh Permal, Srinidhi Venkatesh, Karthik Sekaran, Vinay Sridhar, Ishaan Chhabra, Jim Sathya
  • Engineers (AM Studios, Chennai): S. Sivakumar, Kannan Ganpat, Pradeep, Anantha Krishnan, Manoj, Srinath

Additional Vocal Supervision: VJ Srinivasa Murthy

  • Mixing: T. R. Krishna Chetan
  • Musicians' co-ordinators: Vijay Iyer, T. M. Faizuddin
  • Musicians' fixer: R. Samidurai
  • Chennai Strings and Sunshine Orchestra- conducted by VJ Srinivasamurthy at AM Studios, Chennai

Reception[edit]

The album received very positive response from critics. The film's background score received much critical acclaim upon release. The Soundtrack also marked the 25 year of collaboration of Rahman-Ratnam combo.

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Hindustan Times4.5/5 stars[29]
Sify4/5 stars[30]
Onlykollywood4/5 stars[31]
Musicaloud3.5/5 stars[32]
Bollywoodlife3.5/5 stars[33]
Moviecrow3.5/5 stars[34]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Vaan a perfect valentine gift". The Indian Express. 15 February 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  3. ^ "A. R. Rahman just delivered the wedding song of 2017!". The Indian Express. 1 March 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  4. ^ R, Manoj Kumar (26 January 2017). "Kaatru Veliyidai teaser: Mani Ratnam-AR Rahman set to sweep you off your feet, watch video". The Indian Express. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Mani Ratnam and A. R. Rahman will never get tired of each other". The Indian Express. 20 March 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Kaatru Veliyidai first look". The Hindu. 6 July 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Kaatru Veliyidai first look". The Hindu. 6 July 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
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  9. ^ "A. R. Rahman and Mani Ratnam spin 90s magic". Hindustan Times. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Azhagiye is nectar for the ear". The Indian Express. 2 February 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Stalwarts speak". Telangana Today. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Azhagiye promo released". Celebscinema. 2 February 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  13. ^ "Cinematographer Ravi Varman speaks on Kaatru Veliyidai". Deccan Chronicle. 14 March 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  14. ^ "A. R. Rahman reveals the seceret behind the female voice in Kelaayo!". The Indian Express. 22 March 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  15. ^ A Glimpse of Kaatru Veliyidai - Mani Ratnam | A.R. Rahman | Karthi, Aditi Rao Hydari, retrieved 2019-10-12
  16. ^ A Minute of Azhagiye - Kaatru Veliyidai | Mani Ratnam | A.R.Rahman | Karthi, Aditi Rao, retrieved 2019-10-12
  17. ^ "Azhagiye hits a million views in 24 hours!". The Hindu. 2 February 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  18. ^ "Vaan a perfect valentine gift". The Indian Express. 15 February 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  19. ^ Vaan Varuvaan Promo - Kaatru Veliyidai | Mani Ratnam, A R Rahman | Karthi, retrieved 2019-10-12
  20. ^ Kaatru Veliyidai - Saarattu Vandiyila Promo | AR Rahman, Mani Ratnam, retrieved 2019-10-12
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  24. ^ "Suriya attends Kaatru Veliyidai audio launch". Newsminute. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  25. ^ "Kaatru Veliyidai audio released". The Hindu. 20 March 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  26. ^ "Mani Ratnam and A. R. Rahman speak at Cheliyaa audio launch". India glitz. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  27. ^ "Mani Ratnam and A. R. Rahman speak at Cheliyaa audio launch". India glitz. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  28. ^ "Mani Ratnam and A. R. Rahman speak at Cheliyaa audio launch". India glitz. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
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  30. ^ "A Knockout Album!". Sify. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  31. ^ "Kaatru Veliyidai songs review". Onlykollywood. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  32. ^ "Kaatru Veliyidai soundtrack review". Musicaloud. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  33. ^ "A. R. Rahman casts his spell yet again". Bollywoodlife. 22 March 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  34. ^ "Kaatru Veliyidai soundtrack review". Moviecrow. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017.