Like it or hate it, the Malayalam cult hit Premam is getting a Telugu treatment, which will be releasing next month. The original film starred Nivin Pauly, and was about three women he fell in love with at three stages of his life. Anupama Parameswaran, Sai Pallavi and Madonna Sebastian, all debutantes then, played the lead heroines in the film. Premam made all of them stars, especially Sai Pallavi whose Malar act stole everyone's hearts, even though she doesn't speak Malayalam in the film. The Telugu remake, that replaces Nivin Pauly with Naga Chaitanya, retains two of the heroines from the cast, however replacing Sai Pallavi with Shruti Haasan. Whether this moves works out, we can only know once the movie is out. The Telugu remake is directed by Chandoo Mondeti of Karthikeya fame. However, it's not just Anupama and Madonna Sebastian who are retained by the makers here, but they have even used the original Malayalam songs as well, that were huge hits with the audience when the original film came out in 2015. Though there are a couple of new songs as well...
The music has been composed by Rajesh Murugesan and Gopi Sunder; and lyrics are by Shree Mani , Vanamali, Ramajogayya Sastry, Purna Chary and Krishna Madineni. Here's our review of the Premam album...
Malare was the love anthem of 2015 when the original Premam had released in Kerala, with the song still being everyone's fave romantic track and a frequent request at concerts. Evare loves upto the original, because it retains the same composer and singer. Vijay Yesudas has gone from strength to strength with every song, and he will now be known as the singer of Malare and Evare, more than just being the legend Yesudas' song. As a composition, Rajesh Murugesan hasn't done much variation to the original for which we are ever grateful to, for the original's tune is not to be tampered with. A winner, once again.
The reprise of Pathivayi Njan, Naresh Iyer's sprightful singing makes this number an enjoyable one. The fun and frolic associated with the original number is retained by the remade version. The song tells how a guy has been following a girl every day, and the travails associated with this harmless stalking. A fun number that will gain more popularity once the movie is out.
As I review more of the jukebox for Premam, it's like I am reviewing the original album albeit with Telugu lyrics. Ninna Leni is the Telugu version of Chinna Chinna, that's the song when Naga Chaitanya starts have feelings for Shruti Haasan's character. The original song was in Tamil, not so in this case. Kartik gives the song a more mature touch, which makes it a pleasant listen.
The 'heartbreak' song of the film, that's anything but tragic, thanks to those quirky lyrics. Kartik returns to make Premam Pusene another winner with his mellifluous voice. Having seen the original song, I can say for sure this song will be a treat to the Telugu audience for its unconventional picturisation.
After a few melodious numbers, Bang Bang brings a chance in the scenario with its fast paced music arrangements. However this Hari Charan sung number, despite his terrific singing, doesn't make much of impact compared to the rest of the songs in the list. Perhaps, it will grow on you once the movie is out.
Ennosarlu continues to be in the past pace of things, as this peppy number is a great listen. Sung by Sachin Warrier, Ennosarlu may not be the best of Gopi Sunder's discography, but it will definitely look good on screen.
This mass number has worked well with the Malayalam audience, so I am sure that Telugu audience would love this kuthu-inspired song. Though like Chinna Chinna, even the original song worked well in Tamil version. But the Telugu lyrics are equally effective. Expect this song to be a chartbusters once the movie is out.
Thanks to the mix of massy and romantic numbers, we expect the album to be a hit with the Telugu viewers. Though, if you are expecting a different musical fare compared to the original movie, you may be disappointed!
Evare, Agarotulla, Premam Pusene, Evadu Evadu
3.5 out of 5
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