Mungaru Male 2 (Music review), Kannada – Arjun Janya

Perhaps owing to sentimental reasons, Arjun ropes in Shreya Ghoshal and Sonu Nigam to sing the same tune in Kanasalu and Gamanisu, respectively, like they sang Mungaru Male’s Araluthiru and Anisuthide, respectively (though Jayanth Kaikini wrote both versions in that film; he writes only the latter here, the former written by the film’s director Shashank)! An outstanding melody, wonderfully sung and even evoking A R Rahman’s anupallavi from Duet’s En kaadhale in its own anupallavi. Sariyaagi soars beautifully, with that incredibly familiar Anisuthide/Araluthiru prelude featuring as a whistle interlude! Armaan is equally good in the rhythmic melody of Neenu irade, with an easily catchy hook and lively chorus, while Anuradha Bhat joins in eventually for a small, tantalising portion. Onte song-u is current-day Arjun Janya material – high on foot-tapping sound with a dash of Rajasthan; pretty good listen. My daddy, the pulsating techno ode to dads includes the flute intro from Subhash Ghai’s hero given it was used by Hamsalekha in the Kannada remake Ranadheera, starring this daddy, Ravichandran! The Trap song is the only one that stands out as incongruous in this collection. Arjun does very well in imagining an updated Mungaru Male soundtrack, retaining the melodic soul!

Keywords: Mungaru Male 2, Mungaru Male, Arjun Janya, 200, #200

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