Making music for a period film is very difficult as the mood and the music has to match with the period and mood of the film. It is also difficult to match with the tastes of current times unless the music is most appealing. The music of the film is composed by four music directors- M M Keeravani, Salim Suleiman, Koti and Mickey J Myer but unless someone tells you, it is very difficult to realize that the music is done by different people. Prakash Rao should be complimented to have extracted music that is seamless from various people. The album has seven tracks out of which five are full fledged tracks with one remix and a theme music track. I shall not be reviewing the remix track and rest is reviewed here. Anaganaga O Dheerudu is a period film with high technical values that is getting released on the eve of Pongal and let us see if the music matches the mood of the film and appeals to the audience.
1. Ninnu Choodani
Singers – Anuj Gurwara and Chaitra
Lyrics – Chandrabose
Music – M.M. Keeravani
The fact that M.M. Keeravani composed the song tells us what we can expect from the song. It is a beautiful melody with light orchestration. The mood of song and the instruments used perfectly matches the period and mood of the song and takes us also back into the time. In such songs, singers play a very vital role as the quality of singing determines the success of song and I should say Anuj and Chaitra did a fantastic job. There are enough variations in voice modulations and they really made the song come alive.
Singers – Shreya Ghoshal and Salim Merchant
Lyrics – Chandrabose
Music – Salim- Sulaiman
This is the best number in the album and Shreya Ghoshal and Salim Merchant did a superb job in composing the song. Shreya is soon becoming my favorite as she doesn’t kill words or dilute the spirit of the language though she doesn’t know the language. She is able to live up to the expectations this time around too. But the surprise package this time is Salim Merchant who has brought a different voice with him. His voice is very alluring and he is able to add magic to the song with his Sufi accent. Tinge of Sufi style that Salim-Sulaiman added to the song makes it a repeat hearing song and personally this is my favorite song in the album.
Singer- Geetha Madhuri
The song supposedly on Manchu Lakshmi is song by Geetha Madhuri. You can find her in a very different voice modulation done to suit the evil and she has done superb job. The words in this song are very complex and she could sing without any problem. This song has lot of emotions that she needed to express and she did a very good job. Koti gave music that matches the mood of the song.
Singer- Karthik and Sahiti
Music- Mickey J Myer
Another romantic song in a lighter vein is composed by Mickey J Myer. The song is good but has Tamil feel to it. There are places where the words are suppressed or adjusted as per the tune. Chandrabose did a fantastic job and his words like pedhavulu pagadakaanthulu, nadakalu nemaliganthulu,kanulalo kotirangulu, nadumulu maraphirangulu that are used are too good and he is at it best using his usual praasa. We may have to wait and watch till we see song on screen to judge it. Orchestration is good.
Singer- S.P Balu
Lyrics- Sasi Rajasimha
The song is all about struggle and SP Balu did a good job in reliving the mood of the song. He could match the expectations if not better though this should be a cake walk for him. There are enough emotions he had to express in this song and he did well. Koti did superb job in this song and his orchestration is excellent.
6. Yodha Theme
Singers : Rajiv Sundaresan, Rishikesh Kamerkar
Lyrics : Chandrabose
Music : Salim-Sulaiman
The number starts with a very light tune and then builds on the music that creates a right platform for the yodha. Such numbers are generally created to add to the struggle of the hero and highlight his efforts and I should say Salim-Sulaiman did a very good job.
All in all AOD is the album that catches on you as you hear. The romantic tracks are done very well and picturization will decide how these tracks will add to the beauty of the movie. One thing I didn’t understand and obviously left to the judgment of Prakash Rao is why did he engage 4 music directors? I understand the complexity of the job but engaging Keeravani and Mickey for just 1 song each didn’t make too much sense. Mickey was an absolute waste as no value was added. I personally felt that he could have done with 2 music directors. To the end of it, I would recommend all of you to listen to the tracks as they add to the excitement being created by this technological wonder coming for Pongal.
by Brahma Mahesh
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