Bringing Mani Ratnam and AR Rahman together, Kaatru Veliyidai is easily one of the most awaited films of 2017.
The film is slated to be released on April 7. The makers have begun building a buzz around it well in advance with the gradual release of Rahman’s earwormy tunes.
Some listeners pointed out to music critic and blogger Karthik Srinivasan that Saarattu Vandiyila sounds very similar to a Malayalam song -Thannakkum Tharo Thannakkum.
Saarattu Vandiyila was released on March 3, the third single to be released from the film. The track sounds uncannily similar to Thannakkum Tharo Thannakkum from the 2013 Malayalam film Breaking News Live.
The latter is composed by Mohan Sithara. TNM got in touch with Sithara to enquire whether the Kaatru Veliyidai team had taken permission to use a similar tune.
“People have told me about the similarity between the two songs. But nobody has taken permission,” Sithara told TNM.
However, it appears that Sithara is not taking offense to the incident, and said that it could be a “misunderstanding”.
“I have not taken it seriously. Rahman is a great music director and it might be a misunderstanding,” he said.
While there are also reports that Sithara’s song itself was inspired by a Malayalam folk song, the composer flatly denied it. “That Malayalam song was my own creation. I have not taken the music from any other folk songs," he maintained.
Earlier on March 3, Srinivasan had tweeted about the similarity between Saarattu Vandiyila and Thannakkum Tharo Thannakkum.
Meanwhile, some people have pointed out that even Thannakkum Tharo Thannakkum sounded similar to another song - Alangattimazhai from Thenali.
Produced by Madras Talkies, the film stars Karthi and Aditi Rao Hydari in the lead. It also marks the 25-year collaboration of Mani Ratnam and AR Rahman since Roja.
The duo has 15 films together. The film has an ensemble cast including veteran actor Lalitha, Shraddha Srinath, Rukmini Vijay Kumar, Delhi Ganesh and R.J Balaji. The theatrical distribution rights are owned by Sri Thenandal Films.