After a brief break and a year of self-introspection, music director SS Thaman is back in the reckoning. “I came to know that I was repetitive in my craft on several occasions. I took a break after Allu Arjun-starrer Sarrainodu and went into deep introspection as to what was happening with me. Now I know where I am standing today. After the movies Mahanubavudu, Bhagmathie, Tholi Prema, Chal Mohana Ranga, and Arvinda Sametha, now I have three different movies of various genres — Venky Mama, Ala Vaikunthapurramlo and Prathiroju Pandage,” he says.
SS Thaman’s newfound passion cricket is what, he says, energises him every single day. “I play cricket daily; that is what is keeping me afloat professionally and personally. I played too much cricket during my break, and I travelled a lot,” he says.
Stating he always wants a close relationship with his fans in Telugu States, Thaman says right feedback matters the most to him when it comes to his work as a music director. “I often respond to people on Twitter. Accept suggestions, I am always with the people, only then I can learn. Every tweet is a like a press meet,” he laughs.
After going through a brief inner journey, new scripts in Telugu are finding their way to him. “If scripts are unique and ooze with good concepts, only then our audience could expect good music. Only then, I will have chance a to dish out something new,” he adds.
Coming to the upcoming movie Venky Mama starring Venkatesh and Naga Chaitanya, Thaman vouches for it. “It is an emotional film, nothing has come out so far about the movie. Some of the family emotions and sequences have moved me a lot when I sat in the editing room. I immediately asked them to give the rushes without dubbing, effects to work on the music. It has moved me so much. All credit goes to director KS Ravindra Bobby,” he says.
The music composer says Venky Mama is a different concept away from the single hero narrative, it was quite a challenging task for him to manage both the big heroes. “For the first time, both have come together to give their best and it is our responsibility to give them a sure-shot success,” he admits, adding Venky Mama’s title song is very soulful.
Venkatesh was so lively shooting the retro song in an attire of the ’80s where bell-bottoms and glasses were popular. Giving a different music for that era was easy as I am an ’80s’ kid,” he adds.