It has been over a fortnight since the music of Jolly Boy was released, but the one person who’s been conspicuously missing is composer Yuvan Shankar Raja. Arguably the hottest property in Chennai now, Raja has the busiest of schedules. But, it is surprising that he’s not said a word, nor is willing to respond to queries about his participation in Jolly Boy.
A source said, “The soundtrack remains similar to Pathinaaru, the film that Jolly Boy is based on. The Tamil original, although tanked at the box office, was hailed for its music, which Raja had composed for free, back then. He’s just recreated the same music with different singers for the Kannada version.”
When After Hrs contacted Raja, he didn’t bother reverting about the music or the film. And the producer of Jolly Boy, K Manju, also maintained, “Yuvan Shankar Raja is very busy, which is why he hasn’t been part of the promotional activities of the film so far.” D Sabapathy, the director of Pathinaaru, has directed this film as well, which has Diganth and Rekha in the lead.
While this remains puzzling, it isn’t new. AR Rahman, who had composed music for the Dhyaan-Sharmila Mandre film Sajini, too didn’t acknowledge his Sandalwood stint. Albeit he’d just recreated tunes from his hit Tamil film Jodi, he hasn’t really spoken about Sajini much. Does Sandalwood embarrass Kollywood composers.