Darbar – Music Album Review
The much-awaited Music Album of Darbar feat. Superstar Rajinikanth was released amidst much fanfare on Saturday 7th Dec. 2019 at Nehru Indoor Stadium, Chennai with an array of Film Stars and Technicians heaping praise on Thalaivar even as he is playing hide and seek with Media and Politicians across parties about his much anticipated announcement of forming a Political Party ahead of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Elections slated in 2021. Much to everyone’s surprise (and to many people’s disappointment), the Man didn’t speak a single word about Politics during his finale speech at the Event and thanked his fans and supporters as he celebrates his 70th Birthday on 12 Dec. 2019.
The film to be released in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi is produced by Lyca and Directed by AR Murugadoss and has Music composed by Anirudh Ravichander who is the Superstar’s nephew and is doing back to back Thalaivar films after the much successful 2018 release Petta.
On 27th Nov. 2019, the team released the single “Chumma Kizhi” which has garnered over 20 million views in less than a week of its release. Sung by SP Balasubrahmanyam who has helmed the opening song for Rajinikanth’s movies for over two decades, the song seems to be a typical entry song of Superstar and reminisces the yore of early 90s with very “thara local” lyrics.
Tharam Maara Single is a new-age peppy romantic number sung by Anirudh and leads his voice for the second time to the Superstar after the much popular “Marana Mass”. The lyrics by Vivek sound too millennial and it is to be seen how this shows up in the cameos between Superstar and his leading lady Nayanthara in the film.
Dumm Dumm is another peppy song ably sung by Nakash Aziz who will be remembered along with the lifetime fame of Superstar for his energetic “Ullaallaa” from Petta. Rajini has lent his voice at the end of the song with a one line advise – “Instead of being Husband & Wife, stay Friends and life will be eternally happy!” Reminds me of his one-liners from the film Valli which he produced and played a Cameo as well.
Thani Vazhi is a riot-number with Yogi B and Anirudh crooning a hip-hop style number with Shakthishree Gopalan adding flavor to the song. The tune has been composed by Anirudh in collaboration with Ace Music Director Deva who has given three back to back hits for Thalaivar with Baasha, Annamalai & Arunachalam. Very interesting lyrics by Yogi B which also includes the word “Annan Da” – the famous dialogue from Baasha after the epic revelation scene. The song also includes words like “Adhisayam, Arputham” which Superstar used at Kamal 60 Celebrations in November 2019 about TN Politics, which went on to shake the nerves of famous and infamous politicians alike across Tamil Nadu. In this song, Thalaivar also utters his name as “Arunachalam, Aditya Arunachalam” and one cannot simply not remember the uncanny resemblance to the iconic dialogue of 1995 - “Baasha, Manick Baasha”.
Villain Theme and Thalaivar Theme are two quick tunes which are perhaps montage numbers that would run along the film. Thalaivar Theme is verithanam loaded.
The Music Album released exclusively on the Gaana Music App is sure to gather a lot of attention from Thalaivar Fans and is set to become a popular Caller Tune for many people and a Chartbuster for next two months. The film releases ahead of Pongal on 9 Jan. 2020. I have already heard the album 5 times as I write this review. Many more to come.