How does the Filmfare award feel?
I am excited and the credit should go to director M.S. Raju for giving me enough freedom. He introduced me to Telugu cinema with "Devi" when I was just 17, and his "Varsham" catapulted me to the big league.
He never puts pressure on me and gives me enough creative freedom to come up with a notable album. I could come up with a good album "Nuv Vasthanante Ne Vadantana (NVNV)" since it was Raju again and the story had good scope for compositions.
Barring "NVNV", you didn't have big hits this year including Chiranjeevi's "Andarivadu"...
Only a good situation can elevate a song and "Andharivadu" didn't have interesting situations. So I had to curtail my imagination. Unfortunately, the album failed to click as expected.
Like "NVNV", films should provide opportunity for music and then only can a composer display his talent. For instance, I gave one of the best albums for "Sontham", but it went unnoticed and for "Arya", the music and the story complimented each other.
You surprised many by turning a lyricist?
Whenever I compose tunes, I start them with my words and later a lyricist joins in to replace them. Even for "Chaila Chaila", I used those words and it being a song against a hospital backdrop, I used words like "pulse rate" and "heartbeat".
Chiranjeevi heard it and decided to retain it. With director Jayanth's encouragement I could pen the whole song. I enjoyed conveying a strong message against suicides. It also had good inputs from Chiranjeevi himself.
You seem to be fascinated with big banners. Will you heed the advice of Chiranjeevi and cut down your work?
I would like to remind you that my recent release "Oka Oorillo" was a small film. So I have no set rules. I take up an offer if the story offers scope for music.
Heeding the suggestion of Chiranjeevi, I have already become selective and intend to deliver quality stuff.
Your music for Tamil film "Sachin" has been well received, and you seem to be fascinated with a set of singers.
It is true that the music of "Sachin" was a chartbuster and even "Mayavi" fetched me good appreciation. Now I am composing music for the remake of "Varsham" and I will mostly use original tunes.
It is true that I repeat my singers because they are like my friends and we vibe well. But I intend to introduce fresh voices in my next film "Pournami".
Would you like to join the remix bandwagon?
"Devi" was my first non-film album but I couldn't find good promoters. I had to use the big contacts of my father, writer Satynand, and our relative Allu Arvind to release the audio.
I would love to do few remixes but I have no plans right now.
I want to do re-recording like my idol, maestro Ilayaraja.