Starring: Venkatesh, Trisha, Prakash Raj, Saloni Aswani, Venu Madhav Direction: Gopichand Malineni Production: Bellamkonda Suresh Release Date: January 12, 2012 Music: S. Thaman
Body Guard (telugu) is the remake of the successful malayalam film ‘Body Guard’. Directed by Gopichand Malineni, the movie boasts of a bandwagon of established actors like Venkatesh, Trisha, Prakash Raj. Following the success of Dookudu, Thaman, comes up with a fresh set of six songs. Let’s review the pack right away!
Oh my god
Title: Bodyguard Singers: Baba Seghal, Ramya, Naveen Madhav Lyrics: Bhaskarabhatla Ravikumar Racy beats mark the beginning of the song. A highly energetic number, this one appears to give a ‘mass’ intro to Venky. Baba Seghal delivers the needed punch through his powerful vocals while the female lead makes a brief appearance towards the end with a husky voice. Penned by Bhaskarabhatla Ravikumar, the song like most other intro songs, sings praises of the hero with lines like ‘manchiki eppudu itade bodyguard’.. Only an abrupt ending could have been avoided. Whistles!
Song #2: Title:Hosanna Singers: Rahul Nambiar, Sri Vardhini Lyrics: Ananth Sriram This a romantic song with a pleasant opening. Soft beats are maintained throughout without any marked changes in tempo. Both Rahul Nambiyar and Sri Vardhini complement each other well with their soothing vocals. The ‘Hosanna’ refrains sound stylish. The lyrics are by Ananth Sriram. One can think of the hero and the heroine making love to each other in exotic locations. Visual treat!
Song #3: Title: Oh my god Singers: Geetha Madhuri, Bindu Lyrics: Ananth Sriram The song titled ‘Oh my god’ kicks off with pompous playing of trumpets. Geetha Madhuri, known for her distinct base voice has rendered it with ease. The high point of the song would be the majestic instrumentation. Thaman hasn’t let loose the energy level anywhere in this spirited song. The lyrics by Ananth Sriram are catchy. Heavy!
Song #4: Title: Yevvaro Singer: Karthik Lyrics: Sri Mani Another melody, but this time a solo by Karthik. Although pleasing to the ears, the song sounds quite familiar at parts. The subtle guitar strings and gentle beats are rhythmic. Karthik does a neat job with respect to rendition, modulating his voice aptly. Sri mani pens the lyric for the song. Hum it!
Song #5: Title: Jiya Jaley Singer: Haricharan, Harini Lyrics: Rama Jogayya Sastry Haricharan and Harini pair up to render this romantic duet. The song opens with a sweet humming and haricharan takes on from there, in his own style. The dulcet voice of Harini deserves a special mention. Not outstanding but a decent offering from Thaman, would perhaps take some time to grow on the listener. Slow Poison?!?
Song #6: Title: Endhuko Singer: Shweta Pandit, Haricharan, Thaman Lyrics: Rama Jogayya Sastry Thaman wraps up the album with this melancholic number. Shweta Pandit, the ‘nenani neevani’ fame brings out the right emotion through her honey coated voice. Rama Jogayya Sastry’s fine choice of words adds flavor to the song. Lines like ‘kaavalanukunna premane, kaavaalani cheripaa daanine’ and ‘enduko enduko nanu theeyani gonthutho pilichindenduko, enduko enduko vidipoyenduke nanu kalisaavenduko’ convey the pain and anguish! Save the best for the last!
Verdict: Thaman has offered a variety of songs in different genres ranging from fast numbers to melodies to slow melancholy. The director who is being flooded with offers, has managed to deliver a decent package to the listeners. Songs ‘Endhuko’, ‘Hosanna’ stand out in the album! However, if one asks if the the album has unleashed the fullest potential of Thaman (or as much as Dookudu did) , the answer is probably not!