The music of Escape Artists’s Kayal has just released. Thanks to the magic they created earlier, expectations are high from Prabhu Solomon and D Imman. It’s their fourth film together and the magic still continues. In a chat with CE, music composer Imman tells us why Kayal is special for him.
Does he feel the pressure of giving yet another hit album? “There is no pressure. We’ve been working on this album for two years. We would record two songs and then Solomon would go shoot and return for the next song session. It’s one of the rare films where the director, lyricist and music director would sit together and brainstorm. The only criterion for us was, the music should do justice to the script,” recalls Imman.
For Imman, the album is special for yet another reason. “Usually, in an action flick the stunts are crucial, in a period film, art direction is focused upon. Kayal’s plot is based on tsunami, but it’s essentially a love story. So, for this genre, music is important. The songs come with a cause in the story. So I can go all out and compose heart-melting melodies. That’s why, for me, Solomon is godsend, since he’s a connoisseur of melodies. That’s the difference between working with him and other directors,” says Imman.
One of the main highlights will be the background score that’s being recorded with a completely live 100- piece orchestra in Chennai. Says Imman, “The last 30 minutes will feature the tsunami. Sound completely takes over to give the effect of the calamity. There is hardly any dialogue and the focus will be on the musical score. So, Kayal is a complete musical package for me. All through, we’re using only live instruments and there is no electronic instrumentation at all.”
The breathtaking visuals by cameraman V Mahendran show the travelogue, traversing from the South, across to exotic locales like Leh and Cherrapunji. “To complement the various exotic locations, I’ve used instruments like sarangi, dhol, tabla and lots of folk instruments,” says Imman.
Several theatres are being upgraded to use the Dolby Atmos sound system that will bring out the intricacies of sound in finest detail.
The audio track was released in the presence of celebrities from the industry including Vikram Prabhu, Sivakarthikeyan, Arya, Vemal, Amala Paul, Anjali, Soori, Rajesh, Thambi Ramaiah and others.