But Rajini is very shrewd in choosing his crew. The most happening and hot technician is always chosen for his projects. Sivaji seems to have brought together all hot shots in respective fields like Rahman, Sujatha, Antony, K.V. Anand, Peter Hein and so on...
Coming to the Music department, the expectations were sky high considering the record of past super hits of Shankar-Rahman combo. Weeks before the official audio release three complete songs did their rounds in internet and God only knows how they found their way out of Shankar's highly secured fort. When people had their own doubts on listening to those leaked out samples, fans convinced them saying that these were from scraps and finished & mixed product will be many fold better than that. But the officially released songs were not different except for the stereophonic effects and slight mixing here and there.
Majority of the IT professionals and those who are regularly hooked to net are less than 30 years old and majoriy of them are Rahman fans. Hence they are the unofficial marketting people of Rahman and have done an excellent job by creating too much of hype and publicity.
But looking at reality, Sivaji songs are not hit in our nearby state AP. Let us analyse the songs in detail...
While "Ballelakka" has all the energy and usual ingredients of a typical Rajini intro song and is already a hit. Doesn't it remind us of a few earlier superstar intro songs and other songs by Vidyasagar? By the way, what does 'Ballelakka' mean? Couldn't they find any tamil word to replace that?
"Style" - We can conduct a contest to the fans to jot down the lyrics of this song without the help of lyric booklet. Guess what the initial "shouting" before the song begins means " Give me one time style yeah, give me two time style yeah and give me three time style yeah". God only knows why they had minced up both Tamil and English altogether. People may call it an experimentation or innovation, but can't visualise Rajini dancing to this over-stylish song.
"Vaa ji vaaji" - Vairamuthu's tamil ,Hariharan's voice and melodious tune saves the song. But don't the beats and flow of tune sound so predictable ? This song doesn't come in league of Shankar -ARR team's previous efforts.
"Sahana" - God save tamil people from Udit Narayan. He singlehandedly have spoiled the otherwise beautiful melody number.
"Athiradi" is an extremely enjoyable dance number with "JAM" beats and magical tune. But here again, we need the help of lyrics book for reading sub-standard lyrics by Vaalee. Do you sincerely think, Rahman's voice will suit Superstar?
Shivaji fight music sounds energetic and electrifying, but for the meaningless, T.Rajendar's styled lyrics.
I know very well that Rahman fans, will tear me apart on reading this. To them all, a kind request - try to be neutral, imagine you are not fanatic of Rahman or Rajini, close your eyes and recollect all these songs and ask your conscience if the songs of "Sivaji", really rock? and you will get the answer.
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