The films listed in this series are in chronological order and do not reflect the quality of the soundtracks mentioned
There are 14 songs in the soundtrack and that may sound like a lot, but when the quality of the songs is so high, you’ll be left wanting more. Think of the soundtrack as a buffet with the difference being that every dish is amazing.
The first time Gautham Menon and AR Rahman got together, we got one of the best albums to come out this century. It is perfect for a romantic film such as Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya. These songs work on their own but the visuals make it even more memorable.
Sometimes you have a film that works without songs but is so much more memorable with them. This is the exact case with Rhythm. What you see is a combination of audio and video that tugs at your heartstrings and also puts a smile on your face.
There have been instances where people have gone to see a film just because of the songs made by Rahman. Sangamam is one such example and all the songs are testament to his skill.
The best part of this soundtrack is that the tunes feel fresh to this day. Whether it is the joyous nature of Chaiyya Chaiyya or the longing we feel in Ae Ajnabi, Rahman manages to bring out different shades in him that ultimately make us connect with the characters.
Rahman crafts a series of tunes that range from devotional to romantic and in Ooh La La La, a song that is completely fun. There is not a single song that shows a dip in quality. The entire album is proof of the maestro working at the peak of his powers.
When we talk about the 90s and the maestro, we tend to overlook Karuthamma. It showed that he is equally comfortable dealing with folk tunes as he is with anything urban or modern. Variety has long been the hallmark of Rahman’s career and this album is a fantastic example of just that.
Roja was a phenomenal debut for the then 25 year old composer. He produced a landmark soundtrack for a landmark film. We got glimpses of the man’s mastery of melody; his ability to create magic with the simplest tunes was and is a joy to listen to.
As for Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, there is a lot to talk about. It ranges from the technical details to the scenes that made it and some that should have made it. But one thing was clear to me seeing the film, this is Mani Ratnam reinventing himself.