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Telugu music review from the second half of August 2019



These are interesting times for the Telugu music industry. Bahubali’s success has opened the gates to larger markets and 2 of the biggest Telugu movies of recent times reposed their faith in Bollywood composers. Saaho featured an ensemble of composers – Badshah, Guru Randhawa, Tanishk Bagchi & Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, whereas Chiranjeevi’s next ‘Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy’ has Amit Trivedi composing the songs. On the other hand, we have composers like Justin Prabhakaran, Ghibran and Anirudh straddling multiple industries with substantial success in Telugu as well. Have the stars, production houses and labels started looking beyond the lesser marketable home-grown composers? Time will tell. As of now, Keeravani continues to be S.S.Rajamouli’s favorite composer and will be seen in the hit directors upcoming yet-to-be-titled magnum opus starring NTR Jr., Ram Charan & Alia Bhatt. What remains to be seen is, if this trend will continue in the pursuit of a pan India reach.

Having said that, the Telugu music releases in August were a mixed bag with no album really standing out.


Hoyna Hoyna – Gang Leader – Anirudh Ravichander – Sony Music


Gang leader is Anirudh’s 3rd direct Telugu film (not including the one’s dubbed from Tamil etc.,) and his composition here gets one grooving instantly. Inno Genga (co-credited for the lyrics) sings along with Anirudh and lyrics are by Ananta Sriram. This is Anirudh’s second outing with actor Nani after the much appreciated ‘Jersey’, earlier in the year.

Rating – 8/10



Yegire Yegire – Madhanam – Ron Ethan Yohann – Aditya Music

It is hard to find a south playlist without Sid Sriram’s name on it these days. This is another lovely song that rides on his vocals as Ron packs the melody with lush arrangements and a celtic twist. Kamlakhar’s flute & Joshua Satya’s guitars are prominent.

Rating – 8/10

Ron made his debut in 2012 as Fen Viallee, scoring music for ‘Sooriya Nagaram’ that sank without a trace. He subsequently scored for Maya and Priydarshan’s Oppam.



Bad Boy – Saaho – Badshah – T-Series Telugu

‘Baby, am your bad boy, can you be my bad girl?’ asks Badshah and Neeti Mohan responds in the affirmative. But the song is not all that bad and in fact is one of the better tracks in the album. Badshah gets the hook right and the result is a immensely catchy track that will be heard in many dance floors for the next few weeks.

Rating – 7/10



Baby Won’t You Tell Me – Saaho – Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy – T-Series Telugu

Shweta Mohan sounds like a dream here. This is possibly the pick of the album. The father-son duo Shankar & Siddharth Mahadevan give her good company in this easy listen track.

Rating – 7/10



Idi Nijamena – Jodi – Phani Kalyan – Aditya Music

Mounted on waltz arrangements, ‘Idi Nijamena’ is a gentle melody sung by Yazin Nizar, with additional vocals by Phani Kalyan. The composer infuses swaras in the interludes to add a nice semi-classical flavor. Yazin holds the song together well with his potent vocals.

Rating – 6/10




Cheliya Maate Chandanam – Jodi – Phani Kalyan – Aditya Music

This song is Haricharan’s show all the way. Haricharan is one of the most sought after singers in the southern industry and he showcases his versatility here by sinking his teeth into the composition. Sameera Bharadwaj plays perfect foil. The ‘Cheliya Maate’ hook is ear-worm material. Phani spruces up the composition with an energetic Nadhaswaram (Mallikarjun).

I look forward to seeing more of Phani Kalyan in the near future.

Rating – 7/10



Jarra Jarra – Valmiki – Mickey J Meyer – Sony Music

For starters, Varun Tej does look menacing, reprising the role that fetched Bobby Simha a National Award for Best Supporting Actor, in this remake of the 2014 Tamil hit, ‘Jigarthanda’. The Tamil original had music by Santhosh Narayanan. Mickey turns this one into a complete adrenaline pumping item song and checks all the right boxes. Anurag Kulkarni and Uma Neha deliver the same with aplomb. ‘Superu Hittu’ as the recurring hook line says, that will get the masses on their feet!

Rating – 7/10



‘Nivaasi’ (Mango Music release) with music & lyrics by Charan Arjun was another album that evoked some interest, with ‘Ninnu Rammannana’ and ‘Gala Gala Paareti’, being good listens. The latter especially, in the voice of Narsanna, triggers nostalgia and is soothing.


Chandrasekar TV

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