Kaadhalaa Kaadhalaa


Karthik Raja

Direction:     Singeetham Srinivasa Rao


    Feb '98 (Audio)

This album has 6 tracks
Reviewed by Sandya & Krishna

The film was released on Tamil New Year '98.

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Sandya Krishna


Flat Thumb rating.Sandya's Flat Thumb rating: The chant definitely was for Ilaiyaraja to compose music for this film. Across the board, everyone prayed that Raja would accept the assignment. But lucky for Karthik Raja, who got the nod instead! (Maybe the 'addressing-Kamal-as-"Uncle"-trick' really worked after all!) As far as Kamal's comedies are concerned, (at least the ones he has produced) with the exception of Michael Madhana Kaamarajan, most have had only mediocre songs. It is unfortunate that Kamal kottai-vittu-fies in choosing interesting songs for the comedies which have bailed him out, time and again at the box office. To a certain extent, Kaadhalaa Kaadhalaa also falls in the same category. Despite the excellent dappanguththu in Kaasumelay sung excitedly by Udith and Kamal (Udith's tamil is just unbelievable. Kamal chose to become the tamil teacher after all!) and the hugely melodious Saravana Bhava - thanks to Sujatha, Karthik Raja, Kamal (again!) and Sripriya, overall the album falls on its face. Madonna Paadalaa Nee sung by Hariharan and Bhavatharini is easier to listen to than Kamal's over enthusiastic rendition of the same song alongside Kavitha Paudwal (Kamal pales compared to Kavitha’s controlled singing methods.) Why Hariharan and Bhavatharini for Laila Laila? Neither makes the effort in adding life to a drab tune. Oh yes, there is a song sung by Ilaiyaraja - I am sorry I would rather not say anything more. It is when I listen to albums like these, that I wonder if the picturization would probably make the song more likeable. I definitely hope that this is true for most of the songs in Kaadhalaa Kaadhalaa. At least I know Kaasumelay will be good, since Kamal and PrabhuD dance together for this one! An over-excited Kamal and a disinterested Karthik Raja do not make a good combination!


Revised Flat Thumb rating.Krishna's REVISED Flat Thumb rating: Even though I enjoyed Kaasu maelae very much, the rest of the songs did not make an impression on me as this one did... After a long time I had the satisfaction of listening to a good dappanguthu song, in the range of my all time favourite annathai aaduraar (Aboorva Sagodharargal)... I know, I'll get a lot of flak for saying this, but I really felt like dancing when I listened to this song... Hmmm... Me and dancing... What was I thinking#%^@ ;)

Prabhu Deva and Kamalahassan in Kaadhalaa KaadhalaaThe much touted melody number Saravana Bhava was good to listen to for a few times... After that, I just skipped this song whenever I listened to the CD... Well, actually, I just skipped the whole CD after listening to Kaasu maelae... Might be this song (Saravana Bhava) will sound better when heard along with the actual scene... Madonna paadalaa nee, sung by Kamalahassan and Kavitha Paudwal has a good amount of recording special effects, which is needed for this kind of a song... But again this song did not generate an enthusiasm in me to play it over and over again... Another version of the same song sung by Hariharan and Bhavatharini does not do the trick either... Well, I wouldn't blame the singers for that...

Laila Laila sung by Hariharan, Bhavatharini and Sripriya and Thakitathathithom annaachi sung by Illayaraja and Jack, (the third and the fourth songs in this album) are the worst in my opinion... Karthik Raja is still very much unpredictable, even though he has the talent to make it big... I just love some of his songs, but cannot stand some others... Well, I guess, at his age even composing music of this quality, is an achievement... Hopefully he will start tuning better numbers, consistently in the future.


Original Photograph (Kaadhalaa Kaadhalaa): Audio CD cover.
Photograph scanned and reworked by: Krishna