B. Anuradha, IANS Jun 15 Tue, 15 Jun 2004
Film: "Naalo"; Language: Telugu; Composer: Deva; Singers: S.P. Balasubramaniam, Anuradha Sriram, S.P. Charan, Krishnamraju, Sujatha, Charan, Devan, Mamithi, Malathi Laxman.
Top Tamil composer Deva has made the music for a Telugu film after a long gap.
In "Naalo", he has churned out a cluster of tunes, including a rehash of an old Tamil hit of his, that will appeal to several sections of the wide audience for film music.
The album opens with Cheppedhama..." in the mellifluous voices of S.P. Balasubramaniam and Anuradha Sriram. It has all the makings of a chartbuster - a soft-tune, a matching lyric and delightful rendering.
Singer and actor S.P. Charan, who plays the lead role in the film, joins Krishnamraju and Sujatha to belt out "Rukku rukku..."
It is followed by "Hei tholiga valapu...", a fast-paced Western number rendered by the versatile Balasubramaniam along with Charan, Devan and
Side B starts with the folksy lilt of "Peyta peyta..." by Malathi Laxman. This is bound to be on the lips of the youth and the masses soon.
Then, after a repetition of "Cheppedhama", comes the concluding song that is also the crown piece of the album. "Kallu kallu illa..." is reminiscent of an old Tamil hit by Deva, but his success lies in making it sound so different in Telugu.
If Deva's ambition was to re-enter Telugu filmdom in a big way, the album has certainly paved the way.