The complete album of 'Katamarayudu' is out. The lyrics are by Ramajogayya Sastry, Anantha Sriram, Bhaskarabhatla and Varikuppala Yadagiri. Anurag Kulkarni, Dhanunjay, Sai Charan, Sahithi, Nakash Aziz, Shreya Goshal, Arman Malik and Malavika are the singers.
Mira Mira Meesam
Singer: Anurag Kulkarni
Lyricist: Ramajogayya Sastry
The heroically titled song 'Mira Mira Meesam' from 'Katamarayudu' is mainly written to suit Pawan Kalyan's larger-than-life, macho image. Ramajogayya Sastry knows how to tap into the Powerstar's fiery image.
In the first song released today, the 'Rayudo' cry comes off as the only appealing aspect, music-wise. A let down of a number, it will surely pale out in comparison to the title track from 'Sardaar Gabbar Singh', forget the earlier ones.
Given that the lyrics are pulsating, Anup Rubens had his task cut out. However, all that the musical has to offer are high-pitched vocals. Anurag Kulkarni, the much sought-after singer in recent times, croons with all the requisite energy.
The lyrics are clearly the saving grace: 'Repa repa laade jendalaa pogarunnoduu.. Thala vanchaka minnanchula paine untaduu' and the like prove his grip over the language.
Singer: Nakash Aziz
Nakash Aziz of 'Blockbuster' fame here does a Vaddepalli Srinivas. The song 'Laage laage' is spiritually 'Pilla nuvvu leni jeevitham' song from 'Gabbar Singh'. The combination of Pawan Kalyan and Shruti Haasan makes it all the more a been-there-done-that-case. Dhanunjay, Noothana chip in with additional vocals.
The heart that trembles, the eyes that speak of poetry - it's all courtesy Bhaskarabhatla. The prolific lyricist, known for his lines that immerse the beautiful girl in highest praises, does it again. The self-referential Katamarayudu line will surely go well with the hero's characterization.
Anup Rubens knows well how to make any song celebratory. He does it that much here. Somewhere, the Hindustani influence becomes obvious.
Surely a better song than the title number, this one could have the lover boys go yo-yo.
Lyricist: Varikuppala Yadagiri
'Jivvu Jivvu' is Katamarayudu's own 'Mandu babulam mem mandu babulam'. Generally speaking, when it's Pawan Kalyan who is around, a celebratory song with friends (or kin/colleagues, as the case may be), most preferably in an inebriated condition, is a given. In 'Sardaar Gabbar Singh', they had 'Tauba tauba' as a lyrical justification for alcohol consumption. The argumentative Indian was at his cinematic best, so to speak!
For a song of this genre, the hero's image is crucial. And Power Star should be the song's USP.
Varikuppala Yadagiri pens the lyrics. 'Jivvu jivvu' is a euphemism for addiction! Every night, the famed 'mandu babulu' can't live without those sexy drops that they consume by dime a dozen. While real life has no human 'sukka' seductively dancing for them, it has to be seen if 'Katamarayudu' has one in this song. The suspense will be over on March 24.
Anup Rubens draws from a range of musics, complete with a 'Gudumba Shankar' touch. If you feel 'jivvu' after listening to the song, listen to it again and again to break a few records!
Singers: Shreya Goshal, Arman Malik
Lyricist: Anantha Sriram
As an album, 'Katamarayudu' is a balanced one. So far, one hero-centric song, two duets (including 'Emo Emo') and a party-type song has been released.
Anup Rubens' duets have certain characteristics. They are breezy, they are not ambitious, they don't necessarily have a specific, clear-cut ring about them. 'Emo Emo', with all these qualities intact, is enjoyable.
Shreya Goshal is the behind-the-screen princess of the number. May her mellifluous voice prove lucky. Arman Malik does a fine job of sounding both youngish and apt for Pawan Kalyan.
Anantha Sriram gets to pen a song in the 'Nee Chepakallu' mold. While the love-struck boy accuses the lady of one or more sins, she herself is clueless about the romantic assault she has delivered.
All in all, a duet that might just sound better when watched on the big screen, courtesy the Shruti-Pawan pair.
Yelo Yadarilo Vaana
Singers: Dhanunjay, Malavika
Lyricist: Anantha Sriram
Anantha Sriram's lyrics evoke a sense of Natural aesthetics. They are the best part of the song. Once again, hero-centric lyrics abound in this song. Perhaps, you can't take out character Katamarayudu from most of the songs of this album.
In a largely Dhanunjay-dominated number, Malavika too makes a mark. The vocals are tailor-made for an Anup Rubens song.
The music director, one feels, has used the kind of beats he has been known to use. Perhaps, they should have come with a difference.
The short musical could well be the introduction scene for a starlet like Shruti Haasan.
Singers: Sai Charan, Sahithi
Anup Rubens knows folkish-sounding special songs go a long way in taking a film of this genre forward. Although there is no much takeaway in terms of the tuning, Bhaskarabhatla's lyrics are enjoyable. They are playful and the beats almost give a feel of how Pawan Kalyan must have danced. Sai Charan and Sahithi fit the bill. The latter has a unique voice and is a good substitute for Geetha Madhuri.
The songs are faithful to the film's genre. Both film-oriented and generic songs balance it out. The singers and the lyricists go creative.