Ormakayi, Ninakayi, Sundariye Vaa, Chembakamae, Mazhakalam Allae — all these songs, despite being music albums, were major hits and created quite a stir among the music lovers of Kerala. But over the past few years, singles and music albums are appear to be losing their sheen. Second Rain, released on July 7, seems to be an exception, if the views and reviews the song has received in just two days can be counted.
The song Peyum Mazhaye, according to Lijo Augustin, producer and director of the song, is an attempt to bring back the popularity that music albums have lost.
“There was a time when music albums used to be immense hits. The major reason behind it was that the songs were of high quality in terms of lyrics and music. My attempt as a person who loves music and cinema is to bring back good quality album songs. Peyum Mazhaye is a single and the rage it has created has proved that people still love listening to good songs,” says Lijo, who, despite being an insurance adviser by profession, is a movie buff and is also venturing into movie direction and production.
Second Rain is Lijo’s fourth project after Pray for Us, Ponnathira and Aaradhana. He will also be directing the Udayanidhi Stalin-starrer, Tamil movie Hosanna.
The song according to its creators, though is a romantic one, was created with a complete script, which means it has an equally influential story as well. “We wanted to explore the potency of a well-thought-out video, where the script and sequences extend beyond the song,” he adds.
The music for the song, which has been sung by Shwetha Mohan and Ranjith Govind, has been composed by Varun Unni.
“This song is very dear to me and I feel relieved that I could finally bring it out because I had composed it for a movie five years back. Unfortunately, it could not be taken in that movie. Actually, I did not think the song could also be released as a single. Therefore, my song is finally out,” says an overwhelmed Varun, who has also composed music for Annum Innum Ennum, a social cause album Smile and the Rima Kallingal-starrer Escape from Uganda.
Varun was working in advertising after these movies and says it created a gap between him and cinema. However, he is now composing music for a Telugu film, which will go on floors this year and is in talks for Malayalam projects as well. “Malayalam projects are my dream and I will strive hard to get projects and make a name of my own in the Malayalam film industry,” he says.