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TELUGU

Dongodu... Aditya Music... Rs. 38

THE Donga themes are definitely picking up - so, one hearing of the song Donga donga (theme music) in the album Dongodu sounds promising . Perhaps, this thief may not be similar to Manirathnam's mischievous Donga who jumps off the walls in the midnight. The album starts with a naughty number, Kodi mundhaa guddu mundhaa rendered by Shankar Mahadevan and Rimmi Tommy which is repeated again on the flip side.

Vidyasagar's music score, particularly in the first song and others like Sotta buggala Rukkumini and Entha panjesindee prema is pretty good. Meesala gopala, on the Side B is a jovial one. Enjoy your music.

Pavan Subbalakshmi Preminchukunnarata... Sohan Music... Rs. 32

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EACH SONG in the album is preceded by the punch line - title of the movie, i.e., Pavan Subbalakshmi Premichukunnarata... and then the song follows. Pilla choodaro is quite upbeat with a fast tempo which is followed by a sweet love track Naa choopu rendered by Unni Krishnan (after a long gap) and Sujatha's. Tholisari is another romantic number that tugs at your heart thanks to the voices of Tippu and Kalpana.

Aaha ma pellanta may not be like your good old Aaha naa pelliyanta (Mayabazar) but is good enough to listen to. In that sense, Sritrinath's music scores well. Ayyayyo Brahmayya is again a reminder of another old melody - but the song is certainly different and Karthik and Sri Vardhani make a conscious attempt to render it well. Naa choopu is repeated again as the last song. Good enough album.

HINDI

Rules (Pyaar ka super hit formula)... Sandesh Shandilya... Universal... Rs.

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SANDESH SHANDILYA gives an opportunity to listen to something different. This movie is Milind Soman's first production venture as well.

The album starts off with an energetic number Pyaar ke naam by Bombay Vikings. A song interspersed with some English lines, it builds up the right mood for the album

The second song Uljhano ko de diya has an interesting tune and Sanjeevani's husky voice has a `youthful' feel. Gore tere nain is an appealing fusion song with a certain `bhajanish' feel. The blend of the sarangi and the Western beats shows the ingenuity of the composer. Ustad Khan's touch on the sarangi is very evident.

Parts of Radha's theme (an instrumental piece in line with the trend these days) reminds one of Strauss. A rather melodious theme to listen to. It is again repeated on side.

There are two versions of Chhodo na on the flip side, though the slower version is better. The remix of Gori tore nain is not as good as the original though it sounds slightly peppy and has a classical feel.

Sandesh Shandilya surely does a good job. It's worthwhile listening to this album.

Footpath... Nadeem-Shravan... Tips... Rs. 42

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NADEEM-SHRAVAN have become so repetitive that a sense of d�j� vu sets in when you start listening to the first song. This album is no different. The only plus point is the presence of S.P.

Balasubramaniam and Asha Bhonsle. S.P.B. returns after a hiatus. Though the senior singers render Chain aapko mila, the song does not befit their standing.

Kumar Sanu as usual makes his appearance with Dost Milte Hain. The songs in the album are mostly re-churned versions of all their old tunes. The last song Soorat Pe Teri Pyaar Aave is a slightly vigorous number composed by Himesh Reshammiya and sung by Hema Sardesai (the Aaware Bhawrein woman has also surfaced after quite some time) K.K. and Jayesh Gandhi. The album is only for those die-hard fans of the composer duo, while others can happily give it a miss.