Music Review: Dhoni

Just a week after Mayilu, Raja is back once again. Directed by actor Prakash Raj, Dhoni, which deals with conflict of interests between a father and son, has a delectable soundtrack from the maestro. Chinna Kanniley is a gorgeous carol'ish melody that is instantly appealing, and Shreya Ghoshal and Naresh Iyer (his voice seems to be rather different) lend superb vocal support to it. Sung by Raja sir himself, Thaavi Thaavi Pogum, is heartfelt and deeply affecting, while S. P. Balasubrahmanyam's rendition of Vaangum Panathukkum is brilliant, which is otherwise a classic Ilaiyaraaja song.

Beautifully arranged, Vilayaattaa Padagotty (in two versions) is mellifluous, with both Hariharan and Shreya Ghoshal surrendering themselves to the minimalist free-flowing tune that employs a stunning use of violin and flute. Shreya Ghoshal, in fact, has never sounded this sweet and lilting before, and her Tamil diction has improved by leaps and bounds since her Munbe Vaa days. Surprisingly synth-free, this is a truly remarkable and outstanding offering from the musical genius.