Baahubali 2: The Conclusion music review - Keeravaani weaves magic that's as grand as the film
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion promises to be a spectacle on a scale that has never been seen before on celluloid.
True to the hype surrounding the film's breathtaking visual imagery, if there's another man who can match or maybe even surpass SS Rajamouli's vision, when it comes to sound, is the music director - MM Keervaani. The album of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is epic as the film itself and after a point, it grows on you so much that it's tough to imagine which among the five songs will overwhelm you when you watch the film.
When the album of Baahubali: The Beginning released, back in 2015, the initial reviews were quite negative to say the least. And then, slowly everyone fell in love with the songs, whether it is 'Shivuni Aana' or 'Pachcha Bottesi'. By the time the film released, the songs had turned into a sensation. That the expectations from MM Keeravaani for Baahubali 2: The Conclusion had shot through the roof would be an understatement.
The music composer, who has ruled the roost for nearly 27 years, hasn't disappointed his fans. In fact, it wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that every song in the album is infused with so much emotion, pain and love that it's tough to handpick the best of the lot.
The album of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion starts with 'Saahore Baahubali', a powerful rendition by Daler Mehendi, MM Keeravaani and Mounima. Written by K Shivashakthi Datta and Dr K Ramakrishna, the song explains the greatness of Amarendra Baahubali and the lyrics written, mostly in Sanskrit, by Keeravaani's father Shivashakti Datta, do complete justice in elevating the characterisation of Baahubali. With a chorus like 'Heyssa… Rudrassa… Hesarabhadra Samudrassa', it's hard not to fall in love with the song instantly, purely in terms of its grandeur.
Melody has always been a forte of MM Keeravaani and it's at full display in 'Hamsa Nava', a duet featuring Amarendra Baahubali and Devasena. However, this time, Keeravaani paints the tune with vibrant sounds. The usage of drums and violins in particular is a masterstroke in the song. An instantly catchy song, sung by Sony and Deepu, has lyrics written by Chaitanya Prasad. The musical arrangement throughout the song sounds perfect for a romantic duet in a period drama like Baahubali.
Among all the songs in the album, it's tough to put 'Kannaa Nidurinchara' in context of where it might fit into the film. The lyrics, written by MM Keeravaani, pay tribute to Lord Krishna and it's the most soothing of all the numbers in the album. Sung by Sreenidhi and V Srisoumya, the song is a lullaby with a devotional touch. The emphasis on classical Telugu literature is hard to miss and for anyone who has been missing such classical songs in Telugu cinema, 'Kanna Nidurinchara' is a breath of fresh air.
If there's a song which can both reduce you to tears and inspire you at the same time, it is 'Dandaalayya'. Sung by Keeravaani's son Kaala Bhairava, 'Dandaalayya' is an instant chartbuster and there's hardly a beat or a word that feels like a misfit in the song. The theme of the song is all about the pain of losing out on a loved one and expressing their complete devotion to the one true king.
It's hands down the ear worm of the album and Kaalabhairava's soulful voice is perfectly complimented by Keeravaani's magnificent tune.
The more you listen to 'Oka Pranaam' carefully, it becomes clear that it might hold the clue to why Kattappa killed Baahubali. The song captures the dilemma of the characters, and the odds they have to overcome, quite well. Once again, it's Kaala Bhairavaa's baritone and Keeravaani's lyrics that take you right in the middle of a war brewing between the characters in Baahubali 2: The Conclusion.
One of the key aspects of the album is that each song is tied to a very particular situation in the film and it's unfair to alienate the song from what it tries to convey.
The soundtrack of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion just keeps growing on you the more you listen, and it's, unarguably, the grandest of albums in recent times. All you need to do is close your eyes, put on your high quality speakers or headphones, and find yourself transported into the kingdom of Mahishmathi. A big thumbs up to MM Keeravaani for an epic album.
Listen to the album below: