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Venky Mama is a very emotional film: S Thaman

Music director S Thaman on upcoming project Venky Mama and composing retro songs. Venky Mama stars Venkatesh, Naga Chaitanya, Raashi Khanna and Payal Rajput among others.

venky mama thaman Venky Mama is set to release on December 13. (Photo: Thaman/Twitter)

Music composer S Thaman revealed that he was blown away by the performances of Venkatesh and Naga Chaitanya in upcoming film Venky Mama. While the teasers and posters suggest that it is a fun family entertainer, Thaman, during a media interaction in Hyderabad, said the audience will be moved to tears after watching the film.

Excerpts from the interaction:

Q. It seems you have been trying to redefine your career. How are things coming along?

I understood that I was repeating my scripts and sounds. So, I took a break after Sarrainodu. In that one and half years, I did a self-assessment. It was a very good break as I also played a lot of cricket and travelled. After coming back with Mahanubhavudu, my journey has been completely different.

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Q. How do you respond to criticism?

I am active on Twitter and I interact with my followers. That’s how I usually get feedback about my work. We have to balance both compliments and criticism. I keep working to satisfy the audience. The scripts of the films that I have been working on are quite good. If the scripts are good then automatically the songs would be good too. It’s as simple as that.

Q. Do you insist on a bound script before you start working on a project?

First, we need to catch the main emotion of the script. And for that, we need to hear the narration at least two or three times. Only then I can understand what I want from a lyricist and how should I connect a song in the second half to a situation in the first half. For scripts like Venky Mama, I simply follow the requirements of the director. Moreover, a script is the brainchild of a director, so I prefer to follow the instincts of a director.

Q. Tell us about Venky Mama’s script.

Venky Mama is a very emotional film, something the audience hasn’t seen as yet. The film moved me even when I saw it in the editing room without re-recording and dubbing.


Q. What did you think about the film after watching it?

Venky garu (Venkatesh) and Chay (Naga Chaitanya) have done a fantastic job in the movie. Both have competed with each other in delivering solid performances. This film is the product of a great team effort. You will see it on December 13.

Q. Do you enjoy scoring retro-style songs?

I was born in the ’80s and I grew up on the music of Ilaiyaraaja and AR Rahman. I am aware of the musical culture of that period. So composing the retro-like tunes indeed gives me immense pleasure. I have composed a retro-style tune with all live instruments for Disco Raja. I did not use any electronic instruments for that number. Also, it’s very hard to bring that retro feel and quality through digital output.

First published on: 09-12-2019 at 03:23:07 pm
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