Mersal (soundtrack)

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Mersal
Mersal Audio Cover.jpg
Mersal Album Artwork
Soundtrack album by
Released20 August 2017
Recorded2017
Panchathan Record Inn and AM Studios, Chennai
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length19:08
LabelSony Music
ProducerA. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
Viceroy's House
(2017)
Mersal
(2017)
2.0
(2017)
Singles from Mersal
  1. "Aalaporaan Thamizhan"
    Released: 10 August 2017 (2017-08-10)
  2. "Neethanae"
    Released: 17 August 2017 (2017-08-17)

Mersal (English: Zapped) is the soundtrack album for the 2017 Indian film of the same name and was composed by A. R. Rahman. The album received generally positive reviews from critics. The soundtrack crossed 100 million streams within ten days, setting a streaming record for a Tamil album.[1]

Background[edit]

Mersal is A. R. Rahman's third collaboration with actor Vijay, after Udhaya and Azhagiya Tamil Magan. At the same time, it's the movie resembling the 25th year of both Rahman and Vijay in the film industry. The soundtrack album consists of four tracks. The lyrics were all written by Vivek, who collaborated with Rahman for the first time.[2] The music rights for Mersal were bought by Sony Music India.[3] The official promotion, an audio launch for the soundtrack, was held on 20 August 2017. Rahman and his colleagues performed every track of the album. The audio launch event held a live telecast aired on Sun TV and also on several social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The first single Aalaporaan Thamizhan was released on 10 August 2017.[4] The next single Neethanae was released on 17 August 2017.[5]

Reception[edit]

The album received generally positive reviews from critics. Sify wrote: "ARR delivers a middling album that needs its leading star’s power to hit the chartsl" and rated it 3 out of 5.[6] Top 10 cinema stated, that the album was a "Magnetizing package from ARR-Vijay combo".[7] Behindwoods gave it 3.25 out of 5 stars and mentioned: AR Rahman weaves out a mass based classy album fitting in all the elements required for Vijay's screen presence!.[8] Indiaglitz gave a 3.25 out of 5 star rating, but cited: "Mersal’s album is a mixture of mass and class, the experience of ARR brings color to Vijay’s powerful screen presence.The 4 tracks are innovative and is a must listen for any ARR fan".[9] Shreya Ghoshal received Best Playback Singer at Ananda Vikatan Awards for her vocals in "Neethane Neethane".

Track listing[edit]

Mersal (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)[10]
No.TitleWriter(s)Singer(s)Length
1."Maacho"VivekSid Sriram, Shweta Mohan4:35
2."Mersal Arasan"VivekG. V. Prakash Kumar, Naresh Iyer, Sharanya Srinivas, Vishwaprasadh4:16
3."Neethanae"VivekA. R. Rahman, Shreya Ghoshal4:29
4."Aalaporaan Thamizhan"VivekKailash Kher, Sathya Prakash, Deepak, Pooja Vaidyanath5:48
Total length:19:08
Adirindhi (Telugu Soundtrack)[11]
No.TitleWriter(s)Singer(s)Length
1."Maayo"Ananta SriramSid Sriram, Shweta Mohan4:39
2."Villu Villu"Sri ManiG. V. Prakash Kumar, Naresh Iyer, Sharanya Srinivas, Vishwaprasadh4:16
3."Neeveyley Neeveyley"Ananta SriramA. R. Rahman, Shreya Ghoshal4:28
4."Paalinchara Pilloda"ChandraboseKailash Kher, Sathya Prakash, Deepak, Pooja Vaidyanath5:47
Total length:19:10

Bonus track (part of Original Background score)[edit]

Mersal (Bonus track)[12]
No.TitleWriter(s)Singer(s)Length
1."Maayon"Vivek, Dinesh KanagaratnamADK, Sri Rascol1:57
Total length:1:57

This track was only featured in the film’s title credits.

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Flute - Naveen Kumar

Guitars - Keba Jeremiah

Nadaswaram - Thirumurthy

Sitar - Kishore

Indian rhythm - T Raja, Kumar, Lakshmi Narayanan, Raju, Vedha, Neelakandan,

Thavil - M VenkateshSubramanian, Kaviraj, S Sundar, Purushothaman

Kombu - Alex, Kali, Shankar, Viji

Additional Vocals[edit]

Veena Murali, Maalavika, Deepthi Suresh, Soundarya, Anu Subbhaiya, Vishnupriya, Yaamini, Aishwarya Kumar

Backing Vocals[edit]

Deepak, Nivas, Santhosh Hariharan, Shenbagaraj, Diwakar, Veena Murali, Maalavika, Deepthi Suresh, Soundarya, Anu Subbhaiya, Vishnupriya, Yaamini, Aishwarya A Kumar, Shilpa Natarajan, Nadisha B.Thomas, Roshini Sharon, Sharanya Gopinath, Shilvi Sharon, Preethy Christopher.

Live Strings : Chennai Strings Orchestra / Sunshine Orchestra

Conducted by V J Srinivasamurthy Recorded at A M Studios

Vocal Arrangement - Arjun Chandy

Sound Engineers[edit]

Panchathan Record Inn: Suresh Permal, Karthik Sekaran, T R Krishna Chetan, Srinidhi Venkatesh, Jerry Vincent, Santhosh Dhayanidhi, Vinay Sridhar, Ishaan Chhabra

AM Studios : S Sivakumar, Kannan Ganpat, Krishnan Subramanian, Pradeep Menon, Manoj Kumar

Additional Programming : T R Krishna Chetan, Kumaran Sivamani, Santhosh Dayanidhi

Mixed by T R Krishna Chetan

Mastered By Suresh Permal

Mastered For iTunes S Sivakumar

Musicians Coordinators : Vijay Iyer, Noel James, TM Faizuddin

Musicians Fixer : Samidurai R

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mersal: Music of Vijay's Controversial Tamil Film Crosses 100 mn Streams". News18. Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  2. ^ "Vivek Lyricist (@Lyricist_Vivek) | Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 2017-09-24.
  3. ^ South, Sony Music (20 Aug 2017). "Listen to the full album of @actorvijay's #Mersal in @arrahman's music". @SonyMusicSouth. Retrieved 2017-09-24.
  4. ^ South, Sony Music (8 Aug 2017). "The first single #AalaporaanThamizhan from #Mersal releases tomorrow. @actorvijay @arrahman @Atlee_dir @ThenandalFilms @Lyricist_Vivekpic.twitter.com/pwnR7xWBHN". @SonyMusicSouth. Retrieved 2017-09-24.
  5. ^ South, Sony Music (16 Aug 2017). "Get ready to be hit by a wave of love like never before. #Neethanae from #Mersal releases tomorrow at 6pm. @actorvijay @arrahman @Atlee_dirpic.twitter.com/8QcABPgfXc". @SonyMusicSouth. Retrieved 2017-09-24.
  6. ^ "AR Rahman's 'Mersal' audio rated and reviewed!". Sify. Retrieved 2017-09-24.
  7. ^ "Mersal Music Review". Top 10 Cinema. 2017-08-21. Retrieved 2017-09-24.
  8. ^ "Mersal (aka) Vijay61 songs review". Behindwoods. Retrieved 2017-09-24.
  9. ^ "Mersal Review songs lyrics - IndiaGlitz Tamil". IndiaGlitz.com. Retrieved 2017-09-24.
  10. ^ A. R. Rahman (20 August 2017). "Mersal (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  11. ^ A. R. Rahman (17 October 2017). "Adirindhi (Telugu Soundtrack)". iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  12. ^ "MERSAL BONUS TRACK FULL LYRICS". Behindwoods. 10 October 2017. Retrieved 2 November 2017.

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