Song: Endhira Logathu Sundariye
Composer: AR Rahman
Singers: Sid Sriram, Shashaa Tirupati
Lyricist: Madhan Karky
It has been 14 months since the 2.0 jukebox released on YouTube. I still remember waiting outside a retail store back in 2003 so that I could grab from the carton the first cassette of the ‘Boys’ album on the day of its release. It was Sony’s first release in Tamil and the recording quality was phenomenal. The groovy echo of “Indre…Indre…Indre..Venum” followed by that razor sharp streaking sound to kick off the beats gave me goosebumps instantly. There was no dearth of excitement back in the day. After all these years, if I could feel the same frenzy on the midnight of 2.0 jukebox release, it is because of what Rahman could deliver for Shankar.
‘Endhira Logathu Sundariye’ is the most innovative package of the year; not musically but on how boldly it takes up the challenge of the premise of love between 2 robots and succeeds hands down. This is Rahman’s playground. Right about the 2:00 mark, he tunes up the tempo and turns up the heat for 30 seconds with those captivating loopy sounds as if there were a sudden surge in CPU utilization before cooling it down to begin the charanam portions in the original tempo. There’s all sorts of gizmos in play here and Madhan Karky makes indelible impressions by imagining the love between two robots with an effective use of techno jargon drawing parallels with human body. Though there is nothing challenging for the singers Sid Sriram and Shashaa Tirupati, they consume the idea and capture the tune’s nuances without corrupting the robotic delivery. Sid Sriram’s slight stretch of “Ye” in Sundariye, Sindhiriye, Konjuriye is pure fun! If ‘Irumbile Oru Irudhayam’ was fast and effective, ‘Endhira Logathu Sundariye’ is slow and bot-effective. We still do not know how human love sounds like. Thanks to Rahman and Karky, we now know how robot love sounds like.