Starring: Vimal, Anjali, Shiva, Oviya, Santhanam
Direction: Sundar C
Music: Vijay Ebenezer
Vocals: Krish, Dr. Burn, Mili Nair, Amitabh Narayan, Rahul Nambiar, Sheeba Truman, Steevevatz, Suchithra Karthik, Devan, Prashanthini, Karthik, Anitha
Earlier titled Masala Café, Kalakalappu happens to be Sundar.C’s return to his primary profession – direction. It also happens to be his 25th film. There is an ensemble cast featuring young, upcoming stars. The glamorous avatar of hitherto homely belles, Anjali and Oviya, has ensured that this movie has got enough and more eyeballs. Of course, Santhanam is there. Vijay Ebenezer of ‘Kanden’ fame provides the music. Let’s see if his debut was just a flash in the pan or whether he is here to stay with Masala Cafe.
Krish, Dr. Burn &Mili Nair
There is a very similar song in ‘Kanden’ (UnnaiKandene). Still, the peppy, energetic rap of Dr. Burn (reminiscent of Akon) makes this song a winner. Krish sounds very similar to the aforementioned song.
Ivalunga Imsai Thaanga Mudiyala…
The lead singer’s pronunciation is bad to say the least. Nevertheless, a song that talks about the unsolvable riddle that women are. A nice slow paced ‘gaana’ number. The references to Kannadasan and Kamal Haasan are striking. Might visit the charts for the naughty and light hearted quality that the song has.
Rahul Nambiar, Sheeba Truman & Steevevatz
This song is another joy ride. The song gives you a happy and cheerful mood. Might probably be the intro song featuring the two heroes. A festive atmosphere can be expected in the theaters when this song plays out. The lyrics harp on the joy aspect while also being inspirational.
Steevevatz & Suchithra Karthik
The joy aspect continues into this song as well. This is a masala soaked duet literally and one can expect some glamour on screen.
The male lead has shades of Srikanth Deva’s voice. The entire song sounds like one of Yuvan and Simbu’s collaborations. The ‘life e masala’ refrain makes the song endearing.
Devan & Prashanthini
A romantic song with a tune that has been heard innumerable times before, but, sounds good. The ‘nadaswaram’ notes are a surprise addition to the song and the flute instrumental interlude accompanied by the female humming before the second stanza is top notch.
Karthik & Anitha
This is a solo from Karthik. Sounds pleasant but the tune is notoriously familiar to many hit songs of the recent past. Remember ‘Kalangathaala’ from ‘Venghai’? This song gives a soft finish to the album to make it six songs in all, for the listener. Wonder which of the two pairs will be featured in this song or will it be both?
Verdict: A nice collection of numbers. The focus is equally on masala and melody songs as well. The songs of Sundar’s 25th venture sound good for sure.