Music Review: Savyasachi (Telugu)

Composer(s): M. M. Keeravani
Listen to the songs online here: Saavn

There is a definite Bollywood vibe to Why Not, but the song is just as treacly insidiously catchy. Ninnu Road Meedha, on the other hand, turns out to be a case of remix gone wrong (it's to be noted that the original - composed by Keeravani for the 1993 Telugu film Allari Alludu - in itself is a generous rehash of S. D. Burman's Mere Sapno Ki Rani). Okkarante Okkaru rides on a soundbed that's so evocative of Keeravani's compositions from Baahubali but he gives it a lush retouch, with Sreenidhi Tirumala lending superb vocal support. Tick Tick Tick is a shimmery popper, its gorgeous synth-pop tune aided spectacularly by Shreya Goparaju and Hymath, while Rahul Sipligunj's effervescent rendition emerges the highlight of 1980,81,82, a brassy retro-styled number backed by a rhythmic handclap-filled groove. Oopiri Ukkiribikkiri's haunting dubstep fusion has everything going for it, even as the title song wraps it all up on a punchy note. Twenty-eight years later, it's no mean feat that M. M. Keeravani continues to make us interested in what he has to offer, and Savyasachi, though not something truly wow-worthy, is an enjoyable multi-genre mix.