Production: B Studios
Star-casts: Adharva, Vedhika, Dhansika and others
Music: GV Prakash Kumar
An epic could be the right nomenclature to define the films churned out by Bala as he diminishes the gap between ‘commercial’ and ‘offbeat’ genres.
Naturally, his films are strikingly unconventional and so is the musical spell. Having worked with Maestro Ilayaraja and Yuvan Shankar Raja, he arrives with a new combination joining hands with GV Prakash Kumar in Paradesi.
The album with 5 tracks is mostly encompassed with melodies and they’re fascinating indeed.
1. Avatha Paiyaa – Singers: Yasin and Vandhana Srinivasan
A Thai Chi style of flute played on prelude signifies a mellisonant is ready to flow ahead. With accordance to the mild rhythms on strings and percussions, the vocalisms by Yasin and Vandhana Srinivasan gain a distinct clarity. The flow of music is so stupendous that the listeners tend to become mesmerized over the aesthetical sense of GV Prakash Kumar. The song faintly resembles ‘Unnai Perai Sonnalae’ (Dum Dum Dum) and AR Rahman’s Kalvare (Raavanan) to a little degree in few places.
2. Sengaade – Singer: Madhu Balakrishnan
Pathos of the roving vagabonds as they depart from their soil. The lines Sudugaadu vittu pogura ponangal pola, jananga pogudhu paaru stands out as the best illustration of expressing the lamentations of the ceasing souls. Well, the visuals should add more intensity to the song. Madhu Balakrishnan had earlier delivered an overpowering song (Piraye Piraye) in Bala’s yesteryear classic film Pithamagan and this is one more unparalleled stroke from the ace playback singer.
3. Or Mirugam – Singers: VV Prasanna & Pragathi
How Bala extracts the best potentials from the lyricists and musicians remains a mystery to many? Perhaps, if you never had such conceptions earlier, heeding to this track will let you believe on. The lyrics expressing the feel of sadness, rage, or pain leaves us with the same grounds. Welcome to Pragathi, the runners up of Airtel Super Singer Junior. The depth of voice with which she renders the song is spellbinding. VV Prasanna is a new boon to music directors and his style of intonation is most efficacious.
4. Thannai Thaane – Singers: Gaana Bala
While the other tracks are bound to the melodious genres, this one leaps for a different show in ‘Gaana’ style. The song is about the praises of Lord Jesus and GV Prakash Kumar doesn’t stick to the dimension of spiritual music, but puts it in a different way with folk beats.
5. Senneer Thaana – Singers: Gangai Amaran, Priya Himesh
The song starts with the beat similar to ‘Picchai Paathiram’ from Bala’s yesteryear film Avan Ivan. It’s a treat for Ilayaraja fans as his younger brother Gangai Amaran renders the song with same phonation.
The simple percussions on the rhythmic accompaniment in blend with excellent string orchestral create a huge impact. Much alike other tracks, this one too focalizes on grieves of the innocuous souls held as captives by rich landlords.
Overall, Paradesi is a power-packed attempt by GV Prakash Kumar. For the first time in his career, the young musician narrates the complete story through his musical realms. Obviously, the tracks prove that it’s going to be the soul of this film.
Verdict: An exceedingly exceptional composition by GV Prakash Kumar