Remember the song Baanalli odo megha, girigo
ninthalle yoga? That was from Nagathihalli
Chandrashekhar's hit Kannada movie America America. Mano
Murthy's fast-track music, Rajesh Krishnan's fresh voice, and above
all H S Venkatesh Murthy's lyricism turned that song into
a huge success. The theme of the movie was framed within that
California-settled Mano Murthy is back,
after America America, with a score
for Nanna Preethiya Hudugi, Nagathihalli's latest
film, a love story set on an American campus.
revolves around a Kundapura boy who falls in love with a
girl settled in America. If India versus the Land of
Opportunity was the theme in America America, here Nagathihalli
looks at problems of adjustment within a
relationship. From remarks I've
heard from people who saw the movie, and the reactions I noticed at
the theatres, the audiences seem to have taken quite a liking to new
faces Deepali (a Chamarajpet girl who lives in the US) and Dyan
(a model from Mumbai).
The flute is the
hero's favourite instrument, but Mano Murthy doesn't use it as
the predominant instrument in his score. Nagathihalli has
penned all the songs, except the title number (credited to
Shashikala Chandrashekhar). The English subtitle for Nanna
is "My favourite girl".
Shouldn't it be "The girl I
The album provides a comeback song for
singer Ramprasad, a software engineer who is now settled in the US.
Hariharan and Anuradha Paudwal are not very impressive. Anuradha
especially is not comfortable with her Kannada. She has been around
in the language for a while (Was Kannada naadina
jeevanadi from Jeevanadi her first Kannada film
Mano Murthy uses Anuradha's voice in three
songs out of six. Non-Kannadigas like Hariharan and Suresh
Peters manage a decent Kannada pronunciation, while Anuradha
falters, for instance, when she has to say ile
(meaning the earth).
But why Anuradha in so many numbers?
Sangeeta Katti, a well-known name in Kannada light music gets a
chance in only one song, where she proves her mettle. Nandita, who
sings frequently in Kannada films, also gets only one
The most familiar track in the album is Car
car car. It made me dance when I first heard it. B
Jayasree, a popular name in Kannada theatre, uses her high-pitched
voice effectively. Suresh Peters brings in a pop punch. The
song marvels at the contrasts between India and the US. A
car is everything in the US but in India people make do with
any transport they get, and even enjoy travelling on the tops of
overcrowded buses! This number gets frequent airing on the TV
Mudal Kunigal kere is a folksong
popularised by the legendary Kalinga Rao. Here, Nagathihalli borrows
the opening phrase and pens his own song. Ramprasad
is impressive. I could discern a bit of Rajkumar Bharati
and Yesudas in his voice. By the way, Ramprasad is a product of
Bangalore's Ayyanar School of Music. He learnt music with B R Chaya,
and sang for a Maruti Shivaram film when he was still in
college. He has recently brought out an album of Kannada
devotional songs, where he sings with P Suseela and Manjula
Gururaj. He has also sung for G K Venkatesh, L
Vaidyanathan and M Ranga Rao. Welcome back to Kannada movies,
Ramprasad, let's hear more of you!
neenu is a slow tempo melody by Hariharan and Anuradha.
Ba baare preethisuva baare is a good example of Anuradha's
failure to handle the language well. Rajesh is good, but the tune is
monotonous. Some lines are utterly prosaic.
fills with life the fun number Adeke kothi moothi maaduve
komalangane. The song describes the conversation between a
mother and son (his mischief and her scoldings). Rajesh tries to
sing like a 'tarale huduga', a boyish devil.
hudugi elliruve is a slow tempo number by Hariharan and Anuradha.
Mano Murthy's slow numbers are not as impressive as his fast
ones. (Nooru janmaku and Yaava mohana murali
kareyitu from America America are
Mudal Kunigal kere comes
twice, the second time with different lyrics. Ramprasad is
impressive in both.
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