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Mani Sharma's Mixed Music Score
APK | April 23, 2006
Rating: *** (***** Very Good, **** Good, *** Fair, ** Average, * Bad)
Mani Sharma is one of the most talented and successful composers we have, and just as high are the expectations. Puri Jagannath showed an ear for music in all his ventures, and Mahesh Babu needs to satiate the need of all his admirers for peppy and catchy numbers. This album definitely has a few good numbers, but over-all it's nothing earth-shakingly new or fresh. The first time you hear Pokiri, the sound of it is good; it doesn't start to grow on you after a while, but a few of the numbers are hummable and ring in your ears. A mixed bag for Mani Sharma.
Dole Dole This song reminds one of the songs in Super, the kind of beat; those bits of Hindi lyrics in them are similar. The sound of railway tracks in between is interesting, like the rest of the song. There is a little bit of music that even reminds one of Okkadu's sound track. But this way Mani Sharma uses various sounds in one song, so it's unique in a way. Although it is reminiscent of so many songs, it pleases your ears. Suchitra and Ranjith render the song with much gusto. ***1/2
Ippatikinka '..Na vayasu inka padahare.. nakevvaru nachatle..' So goes the song where the girl is apparently searching for a partner, and all that she is wishing for in him. Sounds like the essential 'item number' song these days, picturized on an 'item girl' (in this case, Mumait Khan), where a little sex appeal doesn't hurt. It has some techno beats and a little bit of bass guitar giving singers Suchitra and Muralidhar company. ***
Gala Gala This is the remix of the original from Krishna starrer Gowri, with changes in both the lyrics and the use of instruments. This is a melodious song which sounds like it was composed for an English song, then got translated into Telugu. It has the feel of an R&B English number, sung by a Janet Jackson or a Beyonce. Nihal does a good job with the playback. It has some English lyrics in an interlude; all this with the western sounding electric guitar and chorus makes it a hummable number and it's a pleasing melody. ***1/2
Choododdu This is an okay song, a duet by Karthik and Mahalakshmi. Sharma must have composed many, many songs like this one; except this one, like all the others in the movie, has some western sounds added to it. It is passable. **
Devuda This is 'inspired' from Ricky Martin's 'Jaleo'. Or it might be the other way round-Martin could have copied it three years ago. It is a trademark Mahesh Babu song. He has this kind of a song in most movies of his. The original is very catchy and intense, and this song also stays in your head, at least the 'Deva Deva.. Devuda' rings in your head like the 'Jaleo Eyo Eyo..' of the original. Although this song may be a hit, Sharma gets no points for originality here. **1/2
Jagadame Kunal Ganjawala...where were you all this time? This song is evidently tailor made for Mahesh and it might enthrall the crowds when it comes on the screen, but as a piece of music to listen to, its average. The only saving grace of this song is Kunal's voice. **1/2
And the verdict is.. Three of the songs, Devuda, Ippatikinka and Gala Gala might become popular for a while, and Mahesh fans might enjoy them while it lasts, but what with the kind of expectations one has from Mani Sharma, Puri Jagannath and Mahesh, individually and as a team, it might not be totally up to the mark. It is an album you can listen to, and enjoy while doing so, no doubt. But it does not have any unforgettable songs, really. Hopefully, the western feel and the English chorus are essential to the plot. Otherwise if the team just put that in for kicks, for a different sound or to be 'innovative' then God save us from another Super, with danceable tunes and a broken screenplay.