Music Review: Puli (Tamil)

Composer(s): Devi Sri Prasad
Listen to the songs online here: Saavn

Yaendi Yaendi, for all intents and purposes, is Kandaangi 2.0 and works quite well thanks to an almost Ilaiyaraaja'esque orchestration and a splendid singing by Vijay and Shruti Haasan. Javed Ali is the only good thing about Jingiliya, a dated tribal fusion that harks back to Vidyasagar's Matha Matha (Varnajalam). Shankar Mahadevan's energetic vocals go for a toss in the pedestrian kuthu Sottavaala (reminded me of his own Vaadi Vaadi from Sachein), while Mannavanae and Manidha are painfully mediocre and tiresome to warrant even a one-time listen. The title song, despite featuring the ever-lively Mano, is no exception, barely going beyond the typical DSP template. Jaded and weary, Devi Sri Prasad churns out an alarmingly bland soundtrack with Puli.