The groundbreaking and breathtaking soundtracks of Prashant Pillai

Who is the best music director of Malayalam industry now? Who is the successor of Johnson Master? The groundbreaking and breathtaking soundtracks of Prashant Pillai force me to ask these questions to myself. I tried to find out of the answer. If I tell you, you won’t believe. Experience it.

Girl ‘Most of the things which you feel disturbance now… there was time when we both enjoyed’
Total silence
Girl ‘And… all the good moments we had… I will miss you’
Boy ‘I’ll miss you’
Song vocal (Poyi Maranju… – Vanishing) starts right here with the below dialogue.
Girl ‘I was very happy with you. Thank you. Thank you for everything. Take care of yourself’
The song continues (A thousand dreams will remain in it, unfading)
Girl ‘Shall I go?’
Will those colorful pictures come back again?
Will they come back?

Wow, man, thanks so much! I love it. That was such a beautiful scene and the music really made it. It’s such a haunting and spectacular track.

Prashant Pillai, a frequent collaborator with Lijo Jose Pellissery, is the man behind the haunting sound tracks of ‘City of God’, ‘Zachariayude Garbhinikal’, ‘Mosayile Kuthira Meenukal’, ‘Anuraga Karikkin Vellam’, ‘Angamalay Diaries’, ‘Sakhavu’ and ‘Amen’. What pulls me in on repeat listens is the diversity in the piece. I wanted to replay Angamaly Diaries (directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery) just to hear the music tracks. Oh, and the ‘Do Naina’ is intense and awesome too. The whole soundtrack for this film was epic from start to finish. It has a powerful elegance that is hard to match. He integrates some traditional musical from the film’s setting of Angamaly to great effect. Listen to the film, you’ll never forget how significant the music is.


Can you imagine ‘Moonnam Pakkam’ without the Ilayaraja’s sound tracks? Can you enjoy ‘Manichithrathazhu’ without that haunting track by Johnson Master? Music is the soul of a movie. Prashant Pillai has built an impressive repertoire over the years. I recommend you see ‘Amen’ (again directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery) if you haven’t already. His music in that movie is incredible. Prashant Pillai’s work here is another standout piece in his career, delivering a well balanced and hugely effective piece that helps to elevate the onscreen imagery. His work in Amen earned him a significant amount of recognition, and quite rightly so. It’s a layered piece of work that carries the film. One piece in particular, for me, ranks among the finest pieces of all time, is the one that plays out during the climax sequences. Just re-listening now gives me goose bumps.

After completing his Sound engineering in Chennai, Prashant Pillai worked with AR Rahman before doing the music for Bejoy Nambiar’s short film ‘Rahu’ along with K. S. Krishnan. His first major feature film was Lijo Jose Pellissery’s ‘Nayakan’, released by A.R. Rahman. Even if Prashant Pillai had composed nothing other than ‘Angamaly Diaries’, he’d still be counted as the best of Malayalam industry now. The huge breadth and depth of his work is extraordinary. Sidhartha Siva’s Sakhavu is the latest addition to list of great tracks. The life of Sakhavu Krishan is filled with Prashant’s outstanding and robust scores.

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