Ever since ‘Bahubali’ happened there has been a constant effort by southern filmmakers to showcase their films to the pan Indian market or at the least make them appeal to all the southern states. 2 such ambitious projects made their presence felt in July 2019. ‘Dear Comrade’ starring Vijay Deverakonda was released in all 4 major southern languages last week and has been doing well at the Box office. ‘Saaho’ is Prabhas’ next after the humongous success of ‘Bahubali’ and is the next big regional film that will see a pan India release.
The former had its audio released in entirety towards the last week of the month (the 1st single released way back in Apr) and has found its way to the top of the charts in each of the 4 languages it released in. The same cannot be said of the single from ‘Saaho’ though. Akkineni Nagarjuna’s ‘Manmadhudu 2’ was the other big release of the month.
Here’s a look at some of the best Telugu music that released in July 2019.
Kadallalle – Dear Comrade – Justin Prabhakaran – Lahari/T Series Telugu
It is safe to say that Sid Sriram in the most sought after singer in the southern film industry today. He will also be making his composing debut for Mani Ratnam’s production house soon. Here, he and Aishwarya Ravichandran elevate the gorgeous melody from Justin to a different plane. I also loved the Malayalam version of the song (Madhu Pole).
Also, have you heard the previous Justin-Sid outing in Tamil, ‘Andhi Maalai Neram’ from ‘Monster’? If not, you should!
Nee Neeli Kannullona – Dear Comrade – Justin Prabhakaran – Lahari/T Series (Telugu)
Justin is slowly turning out to be the master of melodies. Check out how he layers this semi-classical tune with Konnakol*, the finger snap and the guitar. Gowtham Bharadwaj’s splendid singing is the real highlight of the song.
*Konnakkol is the art of performing percussion syllables vocally in the Carnatic music form.
Naa Lonaa – Manmadhudu 2 – Chaitan Bharadwaj – Aditya Music
Chaitan Bharadwaj made his film composing debut with RX100 last year and July 2019 saw the music release of his first big star film. His other album Guna 369 is hitting the right notes as well. The Actor-Director Rahul Ravindran made his acting debut with the Tamil film ‘Moscowin Kaveri’ back in 2010 and his directorial debut last year with ‘Chi La Sow’. In ‘Naa Lonaa’, Chinmayi Sripada gets a delightful tune and she effortlessly hits it out of the park. The solo violin in the first interlude in particular and the string sections, in general, stand out.
Rahul Ravindran, the director of the film is married to Chinmayi.
Manasukidi Garalam – Guna 369 – Chaitan Bharadwaj – Aditya Music
Vijay Yesudas and Shweta Mohan, children of Dr.KJ Yesudas and Sujatha Mohan, come together to sing this breezy romantic track.
Dheveri – Guna 369 – Chaitan Bharadwaj – Aditya Music
Chaitan’s 3rd entry in the list is a short and sweet duet sung by Gowtham Bharadwaj and Ramya Behara. The ‘Nizam idhe Nizam’ hook soars beautifully and ends the song on a beautiful high!
Seetha Kalyanam – Ranarangam – Prashant Pillai – Aditya Music
Prashant Pillai, who once assisted A R Rahman, reimagines and builds on the popular Shankarabharanam based marriage song composed by Saint Thyagaraja and it comes together quite beautifully in Sreehari’s unique voice that I initially mistook for another popular composer RP Patnaik.
Prashant Pillai composed the bulk of the songs for the Anurag Kashyap production ‘Shaitan’.
Chinni Chinni Chinukulu – Rakshashudu – Mohammed Ghibran – Aditya Music
This film is the official remake of the Tamil superhit ‘Ratsasan’. Mohammed Ghibran who composed for the Tamil original as well, comes up with a set of new songs to suit the Telugu milieu. This one sung by Sid Sriram is my pick of the album.
Saaho’s ‘Psycho Saiyyan’ didn’t work for me. But Anirudh’s other composition, ‘Ra Ra’ for Gang leader is a catchy anthem that is worth noting. The peppy ‘Canteen song’ and ‘Gira Gira’ (that reminded me of Genda Phool from Delhi 6) from Dear Comrade and the stylish ‘Hey Menina’ from Manmadhudu 2 are worth checking out as well.