And this is where we see the Part II of The Perfect AR Rahman Concert. Part I is here.
16. Aathangara Marame (Kizhaku Cheemayile):
The rural tone is done so incredibly well that they made sure they captured the rural milieu well on screen. Even with those faces!
17. Kannaikatti Kollade (Iruvar):
Doesn’t this actually remind you of MGR singing one of his gracefully self referential hit song? No one could have done justice to this other than Hariharan.
18. Kabhi Kabhi Aditi (Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na):
Because not only the Aditis, but every lovable girl felt better after this song. A sure shot heart winner.
19. Thenmerku (Karuthama):
Have you ever listened to this song in full volume, in a super awesome sound system with a sub woofer and all that jazz? Please do, and then you’ll realize why this needs to be heard on stage.
For once – and it’s a huge achievement, mind you – you can’t help but pay attention to the song and not to Shilpa Shetty. I think the makers deliberately made her look bad. Like Baazigar bad!
21. Enna Solla Pogirai (Kandukondain Kandukondain):
It’s tough to single out a song from a five star album. But then Shankar Mahadevan comes to your rescue.
22. Pettai Rap (Kadhalan):
Because it brought in a new genre in Indian music. And what super awesome lyrics! I don’t know if Suresh Peters is around, but Blaaze can probably do justice.
23. Delhi 6 (Delhi 6):
This saw Rahman returning to top form after a long long time. Heck, this was seriously in the league of Roja, Thiruda Thiruda etc.
24. Pachai Nirame (Alaipayuthey):
Hariharan’s vocals. Those little nuances by Clinton here and there. And the lyrics that make you wonder about the greatest mysteries. Like how does the whole world conspire to give its best for Mani Ratnam.
25. Do Kadam (Meenaxi):
Because you can’t listen to underrated gems on TV, radio etc. They are possible only at concerts like these.
26. Taxi (Sakarakatti):
Rahman’s experimentation knows no bounds and it succeeds amazingly well in this number by Benny Dayal.
27. Khwaja (Jodha Akbar):
It’s beautiful and by his own admission, it is one of his all time favorite numbers.
28. Kadhal Rojave (Roja):
Even if it’s too late, Rahman’s signature debut has to be reproduced. Just for those flute interludes!
29. Vellai Pookal (Kannathil Muthamittal):
Lets give one more to Rahman. And this time, I am sure it’s everyone’s favorite.
30. Maro Maro (Boys):
You need that kind of reverberation at the end of a concert. It’s an anthem, however cheesy the lyrics!
31. Fanaa (Yuva):
Because anyone would love to get destroyed in Rahman’s music! And with this club friendly song that needs no remix, you do exactly that.
32. Malarodu Malar (Bombay):
There isn’t a better theme song. And I personally feel Vande Mataram has been overused and if you really need an ending that talks about national integration etc, this one more than does your job!
Now all there is left to do is pray. Pray that this concert comes alive!