The Copy Cat Crown is still waiting to adorn one deserving musical head, and the search for the CG Copy Cat continues. All the top music composers in Tollywood are in the race-Mani Sharma, Koti and Chakri. We asked ourselves, who is the most versatile composer in the industry? Simple enough-the only composer who, on one hand croons the haunting 'Awarapan Banjarapan' from 'Jism', while on the other, declares 'Jum Jum Maya' from the recent 'Vikramarkudu'.
MM Keeravani or MM Kreem (as he is known in Bollywood) is, without a debate, one of the most talented and versatile musical genius that has walked the Indian shores in recent times. Is that too huge a statement to make? Nope. If one looks at his career graph and listens to the variety of compositions he has to offer, it is absolutely mind boggling. Who else can give such distinct 'Class' and 'Mass' melodies (for the lack of other terms) and which other composer knows exactly what the listeners require?
There is a Keeravani song for every individual. Like soft melodies? He has 'Nuvve Naa Swasa' from 'Okariki Okaru'. Like raunchy number? 'Vastavaa' from 'Vikramarkudu'. Are you a sincere front bencher? 'Nuvvu Whistlesthe' in Simhadri is only for you. These, and many, many countless other songs that he has composed and rendered, in both Telugu and Hindi over a career spanning about two decades.
So exactly how many original tunes can one come up with? But the more talented you are, the more subtle your copies. So instead of totally lifting the song and bringing in a direct copy of an English or a Hindi number home, our Kreme de la Kreme MM Kreem simply resorts to fiddling with his originality by being inspired by a tune and using it in such a way that it's difficult to trace at first. And secondly, he doesn't copy popularly known songs, the kind of songs that even people who don't usually listen to international music would know-copying a tune like 'Macarena' is Anu Malik's specialty, not our Keeravani's.
But copy he does, and if copy he must, he uses those tunes that we cannot easily trace out. At least not from famous pop-not if he can help it. He looks at country music or other categories, that is not really appreciated in Telugu Land that much.
In one of the biggest hits he has given, the blockbuster Simhadri, 'Chiraaku Anuko' is 'inspired' from the song 'Cotton Eye Joe' by the group Rednex. 'Where did you come from, where did you go...where did you come from Cotton-Eye Joe?' was replaced tactfully by 'Chiraaku anuko paraku anuko...'.
Before that, much before that came one of his bilinguals, Mahesh Bhatt's 'Criminal'-which made him the darling of both Telugu and Hindi music listeners. The utterly romantic 'Thelusa Manasa' or its Hindi version 'Tu Mile Dil Khile' had a music bit that enthralled Indian listeners and stole their hearts for it's true-blue romantic feel. But unfortunately, our Kreem cannot take credit for that music bit-maybe international group Enigma should stand up and take a bow instead.
Going back in time again, can anyone forget one of Ramu's best Telugu flicks, 'Khsana Khsanam'? And in that we had our very own Sridevi looking ravishing and gyrating to the beats of 'Jumbaye' in that forest. This, courtesy international group Snap, the album being 'The Power of Snap' and the song being 'Cult of Snap'.
So, what is the moral of the story? Simply put, the bigger the talent, the more subtle the copy. It is not direct lifts from popular tunes that MMK attempts, but is 'inspired' from international numbers...that are not a part of pop, but interesting alternative music. All these songs are not re-hashes, but clever copies.
Does MMK deserve the Crown? Well, we are still scouting for talented copy-cats out there, and you still have to vote and decide for yourself. Till then, the Kiritam lies unadorned by any.