Thondimuthalum Dhriksaakshiyum – Music Review (Malayalam Soundtrack)

Songs and credits at the end.

After singing with his father last year for Prashant Pillai’s Anuraaga Karikkin Vellam, Govind Menon once again gets behind the mic for a different composer in Thondimuthalum Dhriksaakshiyum – this time for Bijibal. And the brooding folk-flavoured Aayilyam is perfect fit for Govind’s and fellow singer Sithara Krishnakumar’s singing styles. Bijibal’s arrangement is on point, putting to brilliant use Rajesh Cherthala’s flute and an assortment of ethnic percussion – chenda most prominently (not live I guess, I see no credits). Composer himself dons the vocalist role for the breezy Varum Varum and does that job commendably. The song itself follows a familiar format, especially the flurry of guitar activity (Sandeep Mohan) around the Varumo Ee Vazhi Vettam hook, but is a pleasant listen all the same. For a third consecutive movie, Bijibal delivers his best in a yesteryear-evocative melody (Kannile Poikayilu) that he packages in a delightfully variegated arrangement. Some fine writing by Rafeeq Ahammed too, and handling the singing are the very competent Ganesh Sundaram and Sowmya Ramakrishnan. The song has a lovely video to go with it too (linked at the end of the review)

Given how Maheshinte Prathikaaram turned out, expectations are quite high of director Dileesh Pothan’s Thondimuthalum Dhriksaakshiyum. At least on the musical front, Bijibal ensures there are no missteps. Wish it were a longer soundtrack though.

Music Aloud Rating: 3/5

Musician Credits

Kannile Poika
Lyrics: Rafeeq Ahammed
Music: Bijibal
Vocals: Ganesh Sundaram, Sowmya Ramakrishnan

Lyrics: Rafeeq Ahammed
Music: Bijibal
Vocals: Sithara Krishnakumar, Govind Menon

Varum Varum
Lyrics: Rafeeq Ahammed
Music: Bijibal
Vocals: Bijibal

Keyboard : Madhu Paul, Justin Varghese, Bibin Ashok, Aby Alvin
Strings : Francis Xavier, Herald, Josekutty, Francis, Jain
Flute : Rajesh Cherthala
Guitar: Sandeep Mohan

All songs mixed and mastered at Bodhi

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