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Posted on Sep 30, 01:06PM | IANS
Film: "Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu"; Music director: Mani Sharma; Lyricist: Bhaskarabhatla; Singers: Hemachandra, Karunya, Narendra, Chaitra, Shravana Bhargavi, Kushi Murali, Srikrishna and Geetha Madhuri; Rating: **
Music composer Mani Sharma, known for his hit albums like "Choodalani Vundi", "Okkadu" and "Athadu", majorly disappoints with the "Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu", starring Power Star Pawan Kalyan. Unfortunately, the album doesn't have even have a single track worth listening or even mentioning.
The album has six songs, including one theme song. Three numbers are crooned by Hemachandra and Narendra, two by Karunya and one each by Geetha Madhuri, Shravana Bhargavi, Chaitra and Srikrishna.
The first song is the theme song. An adrenaline-pumping song with lyrics written keeping in mind the role essayed by Pawan. Crooned by Hemachandra, Karunya and Narendra, Sharma has intelligently mixed the English and Hindi lyrics to give a nice ring to the song.
"Pilani choosthey" by Karunya and Chaitra is a typical peppy duet number composed for mass audience. There is a good use of traditional instruments such as dhol, shehnai, tabla and occasional strings.
'Joramochindi' crooned by Shravana Bhargavi and Kushi Murali is a signature Puri style item number found in all his films. Written by Bhaskarabhatla, the lyrics sound cheap. However, Shravana's dominating voice is the only saving grace, which will definitely impress Pawan's fans.
Next is "Extraordinary", the fourth number in the album with lyrics as despicable as the previous song. Unlike other tracks, this particular song can't be ignored easily because of its peculiar tune, which is sure to get registered in the mind of the audience. Sung by Hemachandra, the song features so many instruments that one can barely have a track of the instruments used. Nevertheless, Sharma uses an array of instruments worth listening to.
The next song is proof of the ability of the lyricist with words. Bhaskarabhatla breathes life into this track with some inspiring words, which are perfectly collaborated by the music. Featuring the chorus voices of Karunya, Hemachandra, Srikrishna and Narendra, "Taladinchuku" can be the pick of the album provided how well it's visually depicted on-screen.
"Melikalu" opens to nice foot-tapping bongos, but the initial lines that follow are in a foreign language. Sung by Geetha Madhuri and Narendra, there's hardly anything in the song that will keep one hooked and encouraged to listen on loop.
In short, this is not the kind of album one would have wanted from Sharma. Most saddening part is, the composer, who has given so many melodious hits, lets the listener down.