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Boss Engira Baskaran – Music Review

Boss Engira Baskaran is an upcoming Tamil movie directed by Siva Manasula Sakthi’s M. Rajesh, and it stars the beautiful Nayanthara alongside hottie, Arya. The talented Yuvan Shankar Raja has come up with a 5-track album for the OST, and while I don’t feel that it’s up to the level that Siva Manasula Sakthi was, it is still certainly an enjoyable listen.

The album opens with the upbeat Ada Boss, with energetic vocals by Sathyan. The lyrics (penned by Na. Muthukumar) are very simple – so much so that at times you can’t help but crack a smile – but they aptly complement the peppy melody.

Haricharan’s voice in Yaar Intha Penthan are lovely to listen to, and the guitar-strumming at the start is beautiful. I’d hoped that the guitar would remain as the primary instrument throughout – but no such luck; once the vocals kick in, it settles into a rather predictable melody, reminding me a great deal of Thuli Thuli from the film Paiya. That being said, the song is still worth listening to, especially with Haricharan’s embellishments and Na. Muthukumar’s rather sweet lyrics.

Thathi Thaavum Paper Naan is a really catchy number with jazzy interludes, with vocals rendered ever so casually by Karthik.   The lyrics, while expressing how besotted the hero has become, are also very amusing; Sattai packet-il vaikira cigarette packet-ah maarura/Heart-u pakkathil sellama seendura (She becomes the cigarette packet I put in my shirt pocket, and sits by my heart and flirts with me). Still, Karthik’s laid-back singing makes this one a pleasant track to listen to.

Vijay Prakash’s singing in Iyley Iyley is at a total polar opposite to his vocals in Endhiran’s Kadal Anukal. While Kadal Anukal was very chilled out and simple in terms of orchestration, Iyley Iyley has far more instruments, and is an overall more up-tempo track. This one seems very in similar in concept to the Ada Boss, but is rather more fun.

The final song on this album is Mama Mama sung by Vijay Yesudas and Swetha, making it the only duet song in the whole film. While it is a catchy dappankoothu (Gaana) sort of track, it doesn’t bring any novel concepts to the table. It’s not often you get a very sweet and melodious voice on songs of this sort, but Swetha’s vocals are charming to listen to, whilst still maintaining the energy of the track.

While this is a far-cry from the music of Siva Manasula Sakthi and even more recent films like Goa, Yuvan Shankar Raja has produced some good work for the Boss Engira Baskaran soundtrack, with a few melodies that you just can’t get out of your head. 3/5.

Kavya Rajagopalan (c) Thamarai.com