Ravi K Chandran loves everything new. He’s always the first to use the latest equipment out there, films his movie in little-explored locales of Morocco (so much so that Yaan has the distinction of being one of the first Indian movies to be shot there) and launches its audio in a Google Hangout session. Honestly, we aren’t surprised. This is the Ravi K Chandran we know and have come to love. Also, his perseverance is little talked about. Having patiently trudged through the several roadblocks plaguing his directorial debut, Yaan, Ravi K Chandran, along with producer Elred Kumar, actor Jiiva and composer Harris Jayaraj, was on hand at the movie’s audio launch; talking to a select gathering of media and fans.
Having said that though, it was actor Jiiva who was asked the most important question of the day. “Does Yaan include a Tasmac scene like Oru Kal Kannadi? Will you be drinking a lot in this as well?” The actor, who was was visibly embarrassed, explained, “Yaan is set in Mumbai, so it’s not going to have a Tasmac scene or a drinking scene. Even if I wear a posh (a very nice looking Burberry Prorsum) shirt like this and get trendy makeovers, my fans still remember my scenes from OKOK! Enna panradhune theiryalaye!” Otherwise though, the actor was his usual helpful self, offering tech advice to a fan when needed – “mute button off pannunga“.
And of course, this audio launch report has to mention Harris Jayaraj – the man of the moment – who had a lot of praise coming his way for his work on the movie’s album. And, his matching clothes. “I have to thank God for his blessings,” he said, “it is with his support that I could do all this. My favourite tracks from Yaan are Nenje Nenje and Aathangara Orathile. I have worked extra hard on these songs due to the director’s demands. Ravi sir had a vision and I hope I have fulfilled it! Besides, they took me to the Caribbean for composing. Of course, the songs have turned out good!” he finished, quite modestly.
Singers Chinmayi and Aalap Raju then rendered a live performance of the melodious track, Nenje Nenje. Chinmayi declared, “I have dubbed for Karthika Nair and now, I have sung for her sister Thulasi. I hope it’s good. I’m very thankful to Harris sir for the opportunity!” Also, this is Aalap Raju’s second song for Jiiva in Harris’s tunes; the first track being Yennamo Yedho from Ko, which saw Jiiva alongside Karthika Nair, sister of his Yaan actress Thulasi Nair. Trivia aside, two more tracks were performed; popular VJ Bhavana made a surprise debut as a singer, and the event came to a close.
Yaan will hit theatres in August 2014; the team is expected to go on a promotional tour around the state soon.