Mani Ratnam, Rahman & Vairamuthu sizzle at CCV audio launch

The combo of A R Rahman, Vairamuthu and Mani Ratnam, the three dots that form the musical 'Aayutha Ezhuthu' of Tamil cinema have come together to deliver magic once again in ‘Chekka Chivantha Vaanam’.

The audio of the movie was released at a gala event in the city on Teacher's Day yesterday, with Rahman and crew performing them live on stage.

Rahman started the proceedings with the light and breezy ‘Mazhai Kuruvi’ to which he has lent his voice also. The maestro's high pitched baritones only made the music ascend new levels on foot tapping scales.

“What is the extra switch that Mani Rathnam turns on in Rahman that makes the music churned out by the combo brilliant?” was the question on everyone's mind by the end of the rendition.

The hosts of the musical evening, Chinmayee and Karthik posed the same query to Rahman, which the perpetually-introverted Oscar winner diverted to Mani Ratnam, who only chuckled in reply. Whatever it is, the fans are not complaining.

For the ace director Mani Ratnam's fans, Rahman let out a small hint that could indicate that the film has come out really well.

Talking about what sets apart this film from other Mani Ratnam classics, Rahman said,”I think he has gone back to his ‘Nayagan’ days. He has got the energy back... the beauty of evil.”

The star-studded event had the entire main cast of the movie in attendance with the exception of Vijay Sethupathi and Jyothika who were busy shooting for another project.

Aravind Swamy, who has acted in six of Mani Ratnam films and involved in eight in total, was all praise for the director.

Simbu, who is usually never short of words, literally ran away from the mike and stage for the first time saying that the film would speak for him. Arun Vijay said that it was a huge learning experience for him working with Mani Ratnam.

The highlight of the musical evening was the live rendition of the song- Bhoomi Bhoomi by Shakthisree Gopalan, the girl who sang the famous ‘Nenjukkule’ from Kadal.

Vairamuthu who penned ‘Bhoomi Bhoomi’ explained the lyrics of the song which about the pain of heartbreak and loneliness.

“Amidst the sound of the earth rotating, of men fighting, can you hear a bird's song?” he has written. With his chaste Tamil and anecdotes, Vairamuthu hogged almost equal limelight as Rahman that evening.

The evening had another surprise in store for the Rahmaniacs, as Mani Ratnam, Vairamuthu and Rahman let in on a little secret of what their favourite songs are from their collaborations so far. Vairamuthu and Rahman went for ‘Uyire’ and ‘Kannalaney’ from Bombay and Mani Ratnam chose ‘Thamizha Thamizha’ from Roja, amidst huge cheer from the fans.


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