A.R. Rahman unveils soulful music of ‘OK Kanmani’


Telugu and Tamil music lovers are overwhelmed with the release of the album ‘OK Kanmani’. The Tamil romantic film features Nithya Menon and Dulquer Salmaan falling in love. The awaited audio was released on 4th April and it is sure to draw swarms of people to theaters when the film is released. Rahman has composed the film score and the original soundtrack. The Tamil lyrics have been penned by Vairamuthu. As for the Telugu dubbed tracks, they are the creation of Sirivennela Sitaramasastri. In an interview, A. R. Rahman had revealed that it is his own son A. R. Ameen who would record a song.

Vairamuthu thinks that ‘Paranthu Sella Vaa’ is anthemic. Also, he feels that ‘Naane Varugiren’ is youthful. Maestro Rahman is another one to share his opinion about ‘Naane Varugiren’. He says, “Sometimes, you have to compromise words for the sound — the sound is very important, it de-clutters from the words. People don’t have as much bandwidth as before; we have to catch their attention immediately.”

There had been disagreements between Rahman and others during the composition sessions. Referring to ‘Naane Varuvaen’, Rahman further says , “In one of the songs in OKK, we had an antara that was beautiful but had very complicated words. So, instead of that, we came up with repetitive lyrics. The word (chinnanchiru) repeats itself again and again. It’s like the formula used in traditional performing arts. Take thumris, for example. They have the same thing again and again…. because the tunes get complicated, the words cannot. In songs like Yaad Piya and More Sajni, we keep hearing the same line because it’s easier for the mind to concentrate.”

A Keerthanai was recorded by Rahman and the composition features purely Tambura sounds. When it comes to ‘Mental Manadhil’, the song has created a special place in the hearts of music lovers. Credit goes to the soulful voices of Jonita Gandhi for female and of course Rahman for the male version. Here is what the maestro has to say about this sensational track – “It’s supposed to be a light-hearted song. Lyricist Vairamuthu was off on a holiday and Mani wanted a song immediately. The two of us had already written Endrendrum Punnagai in Alaipayuthe and so, we plunged into that zone again.” Rahman has to brought out the best in himself in this album too. And he has managed very well despite of the fact that his mom was taken ill recently. “She’s better now, but still, it’s not like before,” he says.