Composer: AR Rahman
Singers: Blaaze, Arjun Chandy, Sid Sriram
Lyricist: Madhan Karky
Though Rahman swept the National Award in ‘Roja’ for his soulful music and announced to the world that he was here to stay, it was his audacious dance beats and rampant high-pitched singing that made him an icon among the youth in urban pop culture. “Chikku Bukku Rayile”, “Urvasi Urvasi”, “Arabic Kadaloram”, “Rangeela Re”, Palakattu Machanukku”, “No Problem”, “Romeo Attam Pottaa” – all went on to be chart-busters with beats enthralling a generation of youth back then. ‘Raajali’ is a glorious trip down the memory lane for his fans back to the 90s. The anthem style orchestration here reminds me of that sensational opening music in “Edudaa Antha Suriya Melam” from Puthiya Mannargal, which at that point in my life had kept me spellbound for months. There is none better than Rahman in producing anthems on such a grand scale. Raajali brings back that enchantment in magnificent style. The track begins with a steady chorus of “Isaac Asimov Perandaa…Sundakka Size Soorandaa” backed by war-cry-like beats setting us up with such excitement. And then those thunderous beats at 0:14! Wow! Savage! It gives me the chills every time – like the rapturously thumping walk of a terminator. I could slice away the rest of the song and just listen to this loop all day long. “Isaipuyal” for no better reason! The anthem bit follows with the vocals and boundless energy of Blaaze, Sid Sriram and Arjun Chandy who with their fiery delivery (also, cleverly masking the word 3.0 with vague pronunciation to avoid spoilers) turn up the track’s heat producing inconceivable thrills, especially when I hear them explode, “Maasey…Naan Podimaasu”. Those rousing closing moments of the song when the anthem extends on a full-scale thump for 40 seconds shows that Rahman still is the king of grand music! With Raajali, Rahman comes fully loaded, all guns blazing, giving us the ultimate stormer of the year.