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Anjaan (English: Fearless) is the soundtrack composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja for the 2014 Tamil film of the same name.[1] Its Telugu version is titled Sikander. The soundtrack album features five songs,[2] with lyrics written by four lyricists for the Tamil version: while Viveka had written two songs, Madhan Karky, Na. Muthukumar and Kabilan had written one each.

Anjaan (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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Album cover
Soundtrack album by
Released23 July 2014
Recorded2013-14
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length22:10
LanguageTamil
LabelSony Music India
ProducerYuvan Shankar Raja
Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology
Thirudan Police
(2013)
Anjaan (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
(2014)
Raja Natwarlal
(2014)

Contents

DevelopmentEdit

By August 2013, Yuvan was reported to have composed the first song, a "beautiful romantic song" written by Na. Muthukumar.[3] The "introductory song" was written by Madhan Karky and sung by Ranjith.[4] In January 2014, the composer worked on the remaining songs with Lingusamy and lyricist Na. Muthukumar in Singapore.[1] In June 2014, director Lingusamy stated that Suriya would be singing one song as well,[5][6] which was eventually recorded in early July at A. R. Rahman's studio within two hours.[7] The song, which marked Suriya's playback singing debut, was described as a "breezy, peppy number" and the last to be recorded after which work on the soundtrack was completed.[8] The Telugu version of the song was sung by composer Raghu Kunche. Vennelakanti, Ramajogayya Sastry, Chandrabose and Bhuvanachandra wrote the songs for the dubbed Telugu version.[9]

ReleaseEdit

The audio rights were purchased by Sony Music India for 75 lakh (US$110,000).[10]

The planned formal audio launch function was cancelled and instead the team unveiled the videos of two songs, "Bang Bang Bang" and "Ek Do Teen", for selected fans on 22 July 2014 at Chennai Trade Centre, Chennai,[11][12][13] After which the movie's audio was released in the stores and online platforms directly on 23 July 2014, which also happened to be Suriya's 39th birthday.[14]

The audio launch of the Telugu version Sikander[15] took place on 31 July 2014 at the Shilpakala Vedika in Hyderabad, with actors Allu Arjun, Akkineni Nagarjuna and director S. S. Rajamouli being present as chief guests,[16][17] although it was initially reported that Kamal Hassan and Kannada star Puneeth Rajkumar would attend the function.[18]

Track listEdit

Tamil VersionEdit

No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Bang Bang Bang"Madhan KarkyRanjith4:11
2."Oru Kan Jaadai"VivekaBenny Dayal, Shweta Pandit4:23
3."Ek Do Theen"Na. MuthukumarSuriya, Andrea Jeremiah3:57
4."Kaadhal Aasai"KabilanYuvan Shankar Raja, Sooraj Santhosh5:04
5."Sirippu En"VivekaM. M. Manasi4:39
Total length:22:10

Telugu VersionEdit

Track-List
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Bang Bang Bang"ChandraboseRanjith4:13
2."Thanu Gorantha"Ramajogayya SastryKarthik, Deepak4:25
3."Ek Do Theen"ChandraboseRaghu Kunche, Andrea Jeremiah3:59
4."Nene Kani Nenai Undaga"VennelakantiHaricharan, Deepak5:04
5."Chirunavvey Speciality"BhuvanachandraM. M. Manasi4:39
Total length:22:16

ReceptionEdit

The album topped the iTunes India charts and received generally favourable response from fans,[19] while its critical response was mixed. Indiaglitz stated "the album sounds quite innovative from Yuvan's regular style. Yuvan hit the first six after his 100+ albums".[20] Bollywood Life stated "Anjaan music is a treat for Suriya fans while the rest can enjoy this likable album" and rated the album 3 out of 5.[21] Siddarth Srinivas of Cinemalead stated that the album was "Pure chartbuster material.", and gave 3.5 out of 5.[22] Akilan Nagarajan of Moviecrow gave 3.25 out of 5 and concluded, "On the whole, Anjaan may not be a Paiyya, but is definitely Yuvan back to his energetic times. He plays safe as he includes a track or two that are meant to be purely for commercial reasons and not to be taken very seriously, but nevertheless entertaining".[23] M. K. Surendhar of Only Kollywood gave 3.25 out of 5 stars and summarised, "Though Anjaan is not a powerhouse Yuvan album, it's closely enough. This is the Yuvan we missed badly. Undoubtedly, an assuring comeback from the composer after a long time.".[24] K. Siddharth of Sify gave 3.25 out of 5 and wrote, "On the whole, Anjaan is a complete package catering to the fans of all genres consisting of a melody, rock, item number & a folkish number. Yuvan Shankar Raja makes sure he blends his experimentation along with the mass expectations. The 'Lingusamy-Yuvan Shankar Raja' track record is intact!".[25]

In contrast, Behindwoods stated "Yuvan gives some of these familiar templates a fresh overhaul" and rated the album 2.75 out of 5.[26] Milliblog too gave a mixed review calling it an "uneven commercial soundtrack by Yuvan".[27]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Yuvan & Lingusamy off to Singapore!". Sify. 15 March 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Suriya's 'Anjaan' release date locked". Behindwoods. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Lingusamy - Suriya project is getting ready!". Sify. 24 August 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Director Lingusamy gets a new look!". Sify. 23 December 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  5. ^ Balachandran, Logesh (3 June 2014). "Suriya to croon for 'Anjaan'". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 3 June 2014
  6. ^ "Suriya's 'Anjaan' to be like Ajith's 'Billa' and Rajini's 'Baasha' says Lingusamy". Behindwoods. 31 May 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  7. ^ Gupta, Rinku (11 July 2014). "No plans to do Hindi films right now...". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  8. ^ V. Lakshmi (3 July 2014). "Suriya to debut as a singer in 'Anjaan'". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  9. ^ "Raghu Kunche croons for Suriya in 'Sikander'". The Times of India. 31 July 2014. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  10. ^ "Sony Music bags Suriya's 'Anjaan'". The Times of India. 2 July 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  11. ^ "'Anjaan' audio launch cancelled". The Times of India. 16 July 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2014.
  12. ^ Seshagiri, Sangeetha (22 July 2014). "'Anjaan' audio CD's available". International Business Times. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  13. ^ "'Anjaan' audio release event story". Indiaglitz. 22 July 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  14. ^ Ravi, Nandita (17 July 2014). "'Anjaan' audio to hit stores directly on Suriya’s birthday". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  15. ^ "Suriya's 'Sikander' audio release date". Indiaglitz. 5 July 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  16. ^ "Nagarjuna, Bunny to grace 'Sikander' audio". The Times of India. 17 July 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  17. ^ "'Anjaan' gets bigger as 'Sikander' with Kamal & Nagarjuna". Indiaglitz. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  18. ^ "Kamal-Puneet for Suriya?". The Times of India. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  19. ^ Seshagiri, Sangeetha (23 July 2014). "Suriya's 'Sikander' Audio Launch on 31 July; Allu Arjun, Nagarjuna to Attend". International Business Times. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  20. ^ "Anjaan - An album lives up to the expectation & reputation". Indiaglitz. 21 July 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  21. ^ Harikumar, Subramanian (26 July 2014). "Anjaan music review: Yuvan Shankar Raja dishes out a musical treat for Suriya fans!". Bollywood Life. Retrieved 26 July 2014.      
  22. ^ Srinivas, Siddarth (23 July 2014). "ANJAAN MUSIC REVIEW". Cinemalead. Retrieved 13 August 2014.      
  23. ^ Nagarajan, Akilan (22 July 2014). "Anjaan Songs Music Review". Moviecrow. Retrieved 26 July 2014.      
  24. ^ M. K. Surendhar (23 July 2014). "Anjaan Songs Review". Onlykollywood. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  25. ^ K. Siddharth (23 July 2014). "Anjaan audio review". Sify.. Retrieved 12 August 2014.      
  26. ^ "ANJAAN SONGS REVIEW". Behindwoods. 23 July 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014.      
  27. ^ Karthik (23 July 2014). "Anjaan (Music review), Tamil – Yuvan Shankar Raja". Milliblog. Retrieved 26 July 2014.

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