Audio Beat - Maattrraan : The Hindu Article

What it is about…
Maatraan, starring Suriya and Kajal Agarwal in the lead, is produced by Kalpathi S. Agoram, Kalpathi S. Suresh and Kalpathi S. Ganesh, and directed by cinematographer-director K. V. Anand. The others involved with the film are Subha (dialogues), Rajeevan (art), Harris Jayaraj (music), S. Soundarrajan (camera), Anthony (editor) and Peter Hein (stunts). The audio of Maatraan was released in Singapore with a live concert by Harris Jayaraj and his team of musicians. Actors such as Anjali, Neetu Chandra, Dhanshika, Julia Bliss and Poorna danced on the occasion. The audio was released by the Maatraan unit and received by directors Gautam Vasudev Menon, Lingusamy, Hari and A. L. Vijay.

Music highlights
There are five songs in the album, each bearing the stamp of music director Harris Jayaraj. ‘Yaaro Yaaro,’ sung by Karthik and written by Thamarai, is a clear winner — here the humming by Priya Hemesh is soothing. ‘Rettai Kathirae,’ penned by Na. Muthukumar, is another good number rendered by Krish, M. K. Balaji and Mili. ‘Naani Koni,’ written by Viveka and sung by Vijay Prakash, Karthik and Shreya Goshal, grows on the listener. ‘Theeyae Theeyae’ follows next — written by Pa. Vijay, it is sung by Franco, Aalaap Raju, Sathyan, Charulatha Mani and Suchitra. New ideas run through ‘Kaal Mulaitha Poovae,’ courtesy Karky. Sung well by Javed Ali, Mahalakshmi Iyer and Nincy Vincent, it’s sure to click with listeners.

What they say…
Producers Kalpathi S. Agoram, Kalpathi S. Suresh and Kalpathi S. Ganesh: We have produced and distributed more than 30 films in the past seven years. We believe story is the soul of a film. When Anand narrated the line to us, we immediately asked him to work on the screenplay. We knew he had the ability to execute such a script that had complexities in the characterisation of its lead actor. Maatraan has all the elements required to make it a commercial blockbuster. To play conjoined twins is not easy, as every scene had to be shot twice and who better than actor Suriya could pull it off?
Director K.V. Anand: I read about conjoined twins and their way of life while on a flight. After discussing it with my assistants, I came up with a screenplay with a beautiful twist. I casually mentioned the story to Suriya and forgot all about it. A year ago, he called me and asked me to work on the script. That’s how Maatraan began. It was a tough job not just for the lead player, but also for the technicians — it was like working on two films at the same time. The film has come out well and I am sure Suriya’s fans are in for a big treat.

Hero Suriya: I wanted to try something new in each film. When Anand narrated the story to me, I did not respond for some time. But when we decided to do it, we went the whole hog. A hard task master, he would not give up until every frame was to his expectation. And we all know there is no gain without pain. I saw the first print; I am sure Maatraan will be a milestone in my career.
Music director Harris Jayaraj: K. V. Anand and I have worked together before, so we are familiar with each other’s style of functioning. All the songs inMaatraan are situation-oriented and have come out well. We have used some new instruments in one of the songs which, I feel, will go down well with the listeners. Besides, the re-recording has shaped up to my satisfaction.


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