Music Review: The Businessman (S Thaman)

by Srikanth Mantravadi

Mumbai sets the mood with its noir’ish undertones although the singing and lyrics could have been better. It is very Mani Sharma’ish in its approach, which also raises the question, without doubting the competence of Thaman per se, as to why Mani isn’t doing this soundtrack? Sir Osthara (or rather Saar Osthara) features Thaman’s cultured ambient sound that he perfected in Bodyguard and it is mighty addictive. I like this revamped Thaman sound a lot. It is a clean and refined sound and has shades of Sandeep Chowta’s techno oeuvre. Chandamama Navve has an intriguing tune with its alternating staccato burst of vocals and music. Thaman also nails it with the minimalist arrangements. Pilla Chao is passable fare. Bad Boyz is quite obviously the obligatory Puri Jagannath item number and its not bad. Bhaskarabhatla’s lyrics do not make any qualms about their lack of subtlety and are more or less of the run of the mill variety. Businessman theme is heavily Dookudu’ish but shrugs off the influence with Thaman’s lurid sound, Mahesh’s trademark dialoguebaazi and Puri’s adrenaline pumping aggression that brings back good memories of a certain flick that we all fell in love with.

Businessman has competent, engaging music that has enough for the masses and the connoisseur.It also marks an important evolutionary stage in Thaman’s music.