Movies like Thupparivaalan and Aval released last year with either one song or no songs at all. This year films like Savarakaththi, Mercury, GV Prakash-Vijay’s untitled project and Itly will continue with the trend of not having songs.
Movies like Thupparivaalan and Aval released last year with either one song or no songs at all. This year films like Savarakaththi, Mercury, GV Prakash-Vijay’s untitled project and Itly will continue with the trend of not having songs. Filmmakers as well as music composers tell us that this gamble has worked well for them
Tamil commercial entertainers in the last decade, always were replete with songs, especially ‘kutthu’ songs. However, of late, filmmakers are doing away with songs, so much so that some movies don’t have even a single track. Last year, Vishal’s Thuppa rivaalan , followed by Siddharth’s Aval had no songs at all apart from the film’s theme song. This year, films like Mercury and Savar akaththi have taken the cue and even received good response from the audience. While Vishal’s Irumbuthirai originally had five songs in the album, only two were part of the film while a theme song was part of the narrative.
The director of Irumbuthirai PS Mithran tells us about the gamble he took in having only two songs in the film and the impact it had on the box office collection. “I see Irumbuthirai as two different films. The first half was for the B and C sections of the audience and the second half was for the A centre.” “The gamble of not having a ‘kutthu’ song in the second half made the film a racy thriller and garnered positive response across cities in Tamil Nadu.
However, the collection came down by 40 per cent in remote towns like Sathyamangalam, Bodi and Cumbum. We need to cater to different sections. I would say it is a 60:40 ratio and you could never really say what works and what doesn’t with our audience, adds Mithran” GV Prakash, who has over 10 films in his kitty now will be seen in Sarvam Thaala Mayam , which is said to have nine songs. However, we also hear that his next film with director Vijay will have no songs at all. Talking about it, GV says, “My film with Vijay is an action thriller.
The script doesn’t require songs. Regardless of the genre, it is content that the audience looks for. If the narrative is appealing to the audience, they won’t complain.” Director Vidhyadharan’s Itly , has no songs in it. “It is a very tight script, which will keep the audience on the edge of their seats for 2 hours and 14 minutes. Earlier, there have been films which succeeded only with good scripts and no songs. Itly too will be one such film,” he says.