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Exclusive! Charan Raj: Sapta Sagaradaache Ello’s soundtrack captures the soul of the film

In his third collaboration with Hemanth M Rao, Charan Raj has included several genres to represent the ‘intense love story’

Exclusive! Charan Raj: Sapta Sagaradaache Ello’s soundtrack captures the soul of the film
A still from Sapta Sagaradaache Ello Side A
  • Prathibha Joy

Last Updated: 09.22 AM, Aug 31, 2023


Kannada filmmaker Hemanth M Rao has often spoken about how he loves to tell stories through music. His Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu had nine songs on the soundtrack, while the thriller Kavaludaari had five. With his next, Sapta Sagaradaache Ello, he has gone to double digits , which, is okay, considering that the tale is split over two parts. Sapta Sagaradaache Ello Side A will be in theatres on September 1, in the run-up to which the team had a media screening and if the initial reviews are anything to go by, Charan Raj is the true hero of the film and not lead pair Rakshit Shetty and Rukmini Vasanth, or even Hemanth.


Speaking to OTTplay, Charan Raj had said that he enjoys working with Hemanth because the comfort he shares with the filmmaker allows him to experiment with musical genres, instruments and vocal talent, among others. Although the first film has six songs, the team revealed only two prior to the film’s theatrical outing, the rap number Horaata and the title track, both of which have done well on charts. How would Charan describe the soundtrack of Sapta Sagaradaache Ello? “It captures the soul of the film,” says Charan, adding, “We’ve used varied genres, like hip-hop, synthwave, an orchestral melody and an intimate acoustic song, among others. It is mostly what works for the movie and tells you what Sapta Sagaradaache Ello is about. Hemanth is very happy with the soundtrack, which, in turn, makes me happy.”

Talking about how creatively satisfying work on this album was, Charan tells us that once the idea of using synthwave for the title track came , he had to pick up the instrument and begin practising on it. “I have been toying with a synthesizer for a while, but cracking a tune on it that is original and works for our purpose is a task, which needs a lot of research. Even with hip-hop, I knew I wanted to do something different. We have a kind of hip-hop in kannada film music, which is good, but when it then comes to rap, it’s about rhythm and poetry. I didn’t have much reference in this space, so I had to work with MC Bijju extensively to get the Horaata track in place,” he says.