OK Bangaram is one of the most anticipated romantic films of the season starring Dulqueer Salman and Nitya Menon in lead roles. The film is directed by versatile filmmaker Mani Ratnam and Mozart of Madras A.R.Rahman composed the music. Here is an iqlik exclusive audio review of the album:
The sparking album begins with Aye Amaiyka with the brilliant vocals of Karthik and breezy guitar strums and neat presentation. Sirivennela Sitaramasastry’s witty lyrics add as an icing on the cake. The overall composition creates a feel good ambience without any flaws.
It is now for a classical touch with Edho Adagana with a potpourri of fusion beats and amazing world of Hindustani Raag Darbari Kaanada. This track brings back the melodious Rahman to the Telugu Audience without losing the contemporary touch. Newcomer Shashaa Tirupati does a wonderful job in the vocals with her unpretentious rendition. One cannot miss the presence of Sirivennela’s poetic lyrics throughout its progress.
Things get better with another classical number Manase Theeyaga sung by legendary Chitra with breathtaking sweetness and amazing bass work. Lyrics add a masterstroke with simple yet hard hitting usage of words. The usage of Kanjira and slight mridangam touches garnish the interludes overtaken by flute. It is indeed a pleasure to watch Rahman get back to his trademark flute usage with great ease.
The album gathers pace by shifting the gears with Mental Madhilo (Female) sung exceptionally well by Darshana. The track speaks of mastery in sequencing and mixing which is done with high energy levels. A very special mention should be made for Sirivennela’s lyrics which do not look like a dubbing version at any point of the progress.
Raaraa Aatagada has already won the hearts with its presence in the theatrical trailer and things get just better to hear the full version. The pace and funkiness increases to maximum as the track progresses with great fun elements. The Hip-Hop beats blend perfectly with the rap portion with flawless perfection.
It turns magical with a groovy number Maayedho Cheyava having chill out style treble and rhythm section. The simple guitar bass work and casual chorus adds more vigor to the track. This track is perhaps the most laid back composition in the album for what it offers.
The modern trance worlds welcome the listener with Neetho Ala sung by Rahman himself with brilliant mastery and great usage of rhythm section. Lyrics by Sirivennela take the philosophical turn like a marvelous journey on massive ocean waters. The Indian flavor arrives in the interludes with a classical rendition by Darshana and Nikita Gandhi.
Mana Mental Madhilo (Male) has already created a great buzz all over with its single release earlier. Krishna Chaitanya’s vocals give the song a youthful touch with effortless ease. The instant likeability factor increases with the catchy tune and fun moments. Once again Rahman’s mastery in sequencing and presentation is evident in this composition.
The brilliant album arrives to a finale with Maula Wa Salim in the sweet vocals of A.R.Ameen. The track has simple yet effect orchestration thereby creating great inner peace. In short, this track offers a well deserving end with great mastery.
OK Bangaram is a killer album from the eternal combination of Mani Ratnam and A.R.Rahman. Sirivennela Sitaramasastry’s strong lyric base makes it even more brilliant and a musical treat to hear!
Rating : 3.5/5