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Venky Mama Music Review

Venky Mama Music Review
Suresh Productions and People's Media Factory
Venkatesh, Naga Chaitanya, Payal Rajput, Raashi Khanna
D Suresh Babu
S Thaman
A typical commercial album
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 • Telugu Comments

A typical commercial album

The full jukebox of 'Venky Mama' is out, on Aditya Music.  Composed by Thaman, the songs have been penned by Shree Mani, Ramajogayya Sastry, and Kasarla Shyam.  Rendered by Prudhvi Chandra, Sri Krishna, Anurag Kulkarni, Nandita Jyothi, Aditi Bhavaraju, Ramya Behara, Simha, and Hanuman.

Venky Mama

Singer: Sri Krishna

Lyricist: Ramajogayya Sastry

Family songs in typical Telugu family dramas are borderline bhajans.  No wonder then that the lyrics of the title track of 'Venky Mama' are not only hackneyed but also unabashedly Mama-worshipping lines.  Sri Krishna's voice sounds apt not just because this one is a rural drama but also because Naga Chaitanya is playing such a role for the first time.  Thaman's family song (released recently) for 'Entha Manchivaadavuraa' proved that his grip on the genre is firm.  And this song only reinforces the view.


Singer: Prudhvi Chandra

Lyrics:  Sri Mani

When it's time for retro songs, our films resort to low-hanging fruits and this one is no different.  The instrumentation is spot-on and that's all can be said about it.  Prudhvi Chandra's deliberately irreverent rendition reminds us of Jessie Gift's offbeat voice.  Sri Mani's lyrics reflect the colourful backdrop of the duet even as Victory Venkatesh's alleged makeover is celebrated.

Coca Cola Pepsi

Singers: Aditi Bhavaraju, Ramya Behara, Simha, Hanuman

Lyricist: Kasarla Shyam

Trust Kasarla to use terms like surgical strike and batting in the same song when they mean something else in his mind and in the context of the number's "item song" trappings.  The singers do a pretty much decent job for a song that is content with low-hanging fruits, including familiar beats and run-of-the-mill choreography.  Lyrical videos damage interest in a song when they reveal their cards way too much.  This one is just the latest example.

Nuvvu Nenu

Singers: Anurag Kulkarni, Nandita Jyothi

Lyricist: Shree Mani

The duet is run-of-the-mill, the 'raga' would have been striking had it not descended into familiar mediocrity.  The singers do a competent job, with Anurag outshining Nandita.  It's a passable song that could have been much better but is content with low-hanging fruits.

Verdict: A passable commercial album with the kind of music expected in a village-based family entertainer.

Rating: 2.75