At 23, Mervin Solomon and Vivek Siva have snapped up their first feature film, Vadacurry. The Jai-Swati starrer came their way after Yuvan Shankar Raja walked out of the project—after composing just one song. However, the two friends-cum-composers are thrilled. “I am a huge fan of Yuvan. He was at his peak when we were in school. To share an album name with him is an honour,” says Solomon, who is also a fan of A R Rahman and dreams of working with the composer.
The film’s producer, Dhayanidhi Azhagiri, roped in the duo inon the recommendation of composer Anirudh Ravichander (who used to be in a band with them, called Zinx). “We had two days to compose songs. The first was Sunny,” says Solomon. Siva insists that the song will be a big hit. “It features Sunny Leone. I saw the song sequence and it is a treat. We have tried to give variety in all our songs. We also have songs by Siddharth Mahadevan and Gana Bala, who is the find of the year,” he says.
Following the tune
Solomon and Siva have been musically-inclined since childhood. While Solomon grew up playing the keyboard at church (which he does even today), Siva’s parents encouraged him to pursue music while at school, at Padma Sheshadri Bala Bhavan.
The duo aren’t too nervous about their first project, but they made sure that Ravichander listened to all their songs. “We are all friends and have worked with each other for a long time. In fact, I worked with Ani on the film 3 (Siva was the music programmer). He always listens to our songs and gives us feedback.”
Vadacurry is scheduled to release in May. It has five songs, including one composed by Raja.