The first quarter of 2016 has given us a couple of good films. ‘Nannaku Prematho’, ‘Soggade Chinni Nayana’, ‘Krishna Gaadi Veera Prema Gaadha’, ‘Kshanam’, ‘Kalyana Vaibhogame’, and ‘Oopiri’ are the major blockbusters of the first quarter. ‘Kshanam’ starring Adivi Sesh, Adah Sharma, Anasuya Bharadwaj, Kishore, and Rajesh is the dark horse of this season. Nobody expected this thriller to become the talk of the town. Some news articles say that Salman Khan has bought the remake rights of ‘Kshanam’. The articles also say that the Hindi remake will be made on a budget of 80 crores. The Telugu original was made at a fraction of the proposed Hindi film budget. How will the Hindi remake be? And who’s going to star in it? Well, that is a part of another chapter.
Everybody knows that music plays an important role in helping a scene / film reach the top position. Though many albums have released in the first quarter, only some have managed to stay in the playlist. Those albums are:
1. Nannaku Prematho: Devi Sri Prasad and Sukumar share a special bond. DSP’s music for Sukumar’s films has always been brilliant. ‘Nannaku Prematho’s’ album is definitely not in the league of ‘Arya’, ‘Arya 2′, and ‘100% Love’. Still, for all the dance songs DSP has made and the style NTR creates with his signature moves, this album makes it to the list.
Best song – “Follow Follow”.
2. Krishna Gaadi Veera Prema Gaadha: Vishal Chandrasekhar’s idea for ‘KVPG’s’ album is a mix of fun tracks and the romantic track “Nuvvante Na Navvu”. The songs in the film didn’t move the film forward like it should have yet they were enjoyable and hence they didn’t act as roadblocks in the story.
Best song – “Ulikipadaku Ulikipadaku”.
3. Soggade Chinni Nayana: Not only is ‘Soggade Chinni Nayana’ a comedy entertainer for the most part, the songs are entertaining as well. Anup Rubens won big awards for his music for the Akkineni family starrer ‘Manam’. He has given another good album this year. ‘SCN’s’ songs are better enjoyed on-screen though.
Best song – “Dikka Dikka Dum Dum”.
4. Kalyana Vaibhogame: Kalyan Koduri showed his musical power with the 2014 film ‘Oohalu Gusagusalade’. When he was given the chance to create music for another romantic comedy, (a Nandini Reddy film), he came up with a lovely album. “Chakkandala Chukka” can easily walk away with the “The Wedding Song” of the year award.
Best song – “Chakkandala Chukka”.
5. Oopiri: ‘Oopiri’ is a multi-starrer and a remake of a French film. That’s a tough nut to crack but Gopi Sunder went ahead and made even the item song “Door Number Okati” enjoyable. Gopi’s music excellently highlights the happiness and sadness Nagarjuna and Karthi’s characters share. This is Gopi’s best album in Telugu, so far.
Best song – “Oka Life”.
By Karthik Keramalu