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rising star - part 3

Here is part 3 of the interview with ARR from 'The Hindu', followed by a review and a song from his third film "Gentleman". A Passion for Quality Music by S.R. Ashok Kummar (for `The Hindu')

Do you use computer in your films?

No. Not computers. The technique involved is different. In fact, they say the music in "Roja" was computerised. As I said earlier the recording takes time. You can hear the same flute here in a different way. It is not computerised music. Nearly 40 persons sang `Veerapandi Kottayile' (a song from "Thiruda Thiruda") that does not sound like computer music. `Vellai Mazhai' (from "Roja") is sync oriented. I do not restrict the musicians, but ask them to play whatever they feel. Then I record what I want. I spend a lot of time on lyrics too. It takes around four days. We write something in the first instance and then improve. So it takes about a week to complete a song.

Then you will be working only in perhaps half a dozen films a year?

What will I do if I work for more films and only a few click? I do not want my energy to be wasted. I want every film to be a musical hit. In fact, "Thiruda Thiruda" songs have created a record for any Tamil film - 25,000 discs were sold in Malaysia. They are going to give us platinum discs.


His third film "Gentleman" has been his best offering yet. It had some great mixture of songs, very different from his earlier two films.
Film: Gentleman
Actors: Arjun and Madhubala
Lyrics: Vairamuthu

The songs from this film were:
ottagaththai kattikkO - duet between SPB and S.Janaki. Great beats and nice use of chorus. veettu thOttathil - The best song of the whole lot, inspired from a classical composition. Neatly done by SPB and Sujatha. chikku bukku rayilu - Real crazy lyrics, leaning on the 'rap'pish side. But still an enjoyable song.The picturization of this song is good too. paarkkaathE paarkkaathE - Reminds you of a song 'kilele kilele' from the group "Osibisa" which toured India in early 80s. usilambhatti peNkutti - Tries a folk tune, but is not quite a pure folk number. The lyrics spoil the song.. Song: en veetu thottaththil ( SPB and Sujatha) Sujatha:hmmmm mmmm aaa AAa....aaa en veettu thOttaththil poo ellaam kEttup paar en veettu jannal kambi ellaamE kEttup paar en veettu thennam keeRRai ippodE kEttup paar en nenjai sollumE.. en veettu thOttaththil poo ellaam kEttup paar en veettu jannal kambi ellaamE kEttup paar en veettu thennam keeRRai ippodE kEttup paar en nenjai sollumE.. SPB: vai paattu paadum peNNe maunangaL koodadhu vai poottuch chattam ellaam peNNukku aagaathu Sujatha: vaNdellaam saththam pOttaal poonjOlai thaangaathu mOtutkkaL saththam pOttaal vaNdukkE kEtkaathu SPB: aadik ki pinnaalE kaavEri thaangaathu Sujatha: aaL aana pinnaalE allippoo moodaathu SPB: aasai thudikkinRadhO? SPB: un veettu thOttaththil poo ellaam kEttup paar un veettu jannal kambi ellaamE kEttup paar un veettu thenam keeRRai ovvonRaai kEttup paar en pErai sollumE.. un veettu thOttaththil poo ellaam kEttup paar[hmmm...] un veettu jannal kambi ellaamE kEttup paar[hmmm...] un veettu thenam keeRRai ovvonRaai kEttup paar[hmmm...] en pErai sollumE.. Sujatha: sOllukkum theriyaamal sOllaththaan vandEnE sOllukkuL arththam pOla sOllaamal ninREnE SPB: sOllukkum arthathukkum dhoorangaL kidayaadhu sOllaadha kaadhal ellaam sOrgaththil sEraadhu Sujatha: eNNikkai theerndaalum muththangaL theeraadhu SPB: eNNikkai paarthaalE muththangaL aagaadhu Sujatha: mmm mmm mm anubavamO? SPB: heh-heh-ha! Sujatha: en veettu thOttaththil poo ellaam kEttup paar en veettu jannal kambi ellaamE kEttup paar en veettu thennam keeRRai ippodE kEttup paar en nenjai sollumE.. SPB: un veettu thOttaththil poo ellaam kEttup paar[hmmm...] un veettu jannal kambi ellaamE kEttup paar[hmmm...] un veettu thenam keeRRai ovvonRaai kEttup paar[hmmm...] en pErai both: sollumE.. }

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