While the music of superstar Rajinikanth’s films is mostly targeted at the mass music lovers, Kochadaiiyaan is a far cry from what we have heard in films like Sivaji: The Boss and Endhiran (Robot). Songs for both the Hindi dubbed version and the Tamil film are well-composed by A.R Rahman, keeping in mind the theme and era in which the film is set.
The album opens with Aye jawaan in Rahman and sister Raihanna’s voices. The anthem-inspired song has a good pace and energy. The use of drums and guitar in this seven minute number is interesting, while the inspirational lyrics by Mehboob are decent.
Dil chaspiya is a decent romantic duet rendered by Arijit Singh and Jonita Gandhi, which will remind you of Tere bina from Guru, especially because of its chorus and the use of tabla. It will be interesting to see how this song has been picturised in the film on Rajinikanth and Deepika Padukone. Irshad Kamil’s lyrics have the perfect sufiana flavour and we love the easy on the ear effect of this number.
Javed Ali’s Bol de is strong and the heroic lyrics is an ode to the hero of this film. The dialogues fused into the song are interesting and inspiring at the same time. The track is six minutes long, but makes for a decent score.
Vaada vaada in Shashaa Tirupati’s voice is strictly average. The slow pace and ancient lyrics falls flat and the constant use of South Indian style shehnai can leave you bored. The male version of the track sung by Karthik is equally dull. Best to skip both.
Mera gham is a mix of Hai Raama from Rangeela and Tera gham mera gham from Ghulam-e-Mustafa. Even Shreya Ghoshal’s magical voice (the singer does perfect justice to the number, especially in the high notes) can’t save this track. The semi-classical style is filled with confused melodies. Ali sings a few verses too, but that doesn’t help either.
The energetic and well-composed Thandav brings back some cheer. While there is a lot of influence of Tamil musical instruments, we like the blend of western musical arrangements with damroo and dhol beats. The song celebrates Kochadaiiyaan and that too, very well. The chorus has done a great job and lyrics by Raqeeb Aalam go well with the setting of the film.
The instrumentation in Rana’s dream is simply divine. You immediately get transported to some musical or orchestra performance. The dreamy feel in the song is true to its title. This one clearly has a Rahman stamp on it.
Raghav Mathur’s Aaya khwaab ka mausam is again, energetic and well-paced, a lot like some other inspirational tracks in the album. The orchestra feel and blend of western sounds make this song a total winner. We like how the album both opens and closes on an extremely high and enthusiastic note. But, we wish the songs in between could have created some magic too. Overall, the Kochadaiiyaan album has its share of highs and lows, but it is definitely worth a hear!