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Obulamma from Konda Polam, starring Rakul Preet and Vaisshnav Tej, is a nostalgic trip to the melodious 90s

The first song from the action-adventure, directed by Krish Jagarlamudi, was unveiled earlier today

Srivathsan Nadadhur
Aug 27, 2021
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There are quite a lot of factors that are piquing the interest of viewers about filmmaker Krish Jagarlamudi's next directorial Konda Polam. It's the first novel-adaptation in the career of Krish, who's always considered to be a hub of knowledge when it comes to Telugu literature, history and culture. It's also the first time that its female lead Rakul Preet is playing the role of a village belle, Obulamma, in her decade-long tryst with cinema. Besides the presence of composer MM Keeravani, the fact that it's the second film of the Uppena star Panja Vaisshnav Tej is another reason why audiences are waiting with bated breath for October 8 for Konda Polam to hit theatres. 

Contributing to the buzz, the first song of the film, Obulamma, named after Rakul Preet's character, was released earlier today. Singers Satya Yamini and former Indian Idol finalist PVNS Rohit have lent their voice to the mellifluous number that feels like a hat-tip to MM Keeravani's many memorable romantic tracks from the 90s. Interestingly, the music director has also penned the lyrics for the same and you'll be surprised to know how good a job he's done with it. The very first lines from the song, 'Ginja ginja meeda, busaka busaka busaka teesi, teeyanga batthemayyipoye, botte katti chetha battina, chethi loki cheraleni gundujalla aarata padipoye,' confirm he's an equally accomplished lyricist.

Obulamma, the song, is a delight to the senses, whichever way you may choose to look at it. In terms of V S Gnanasekhar's visuals, it takes you through the rustic yet serene locales of a lush green forest, where a rugged youngster Kataru Ravindra Yadav (played by Vaisshnav Tej) and a shepherd girl Obulamma are madly in love with each other. Their equation feels like a true embodiment of the 'Do jism, Ek jaan' styled romance. From Ravindra holding onto his goat, caressing it to Obulamma grinding the flour, dreaming of his man to the misty mornings where they blissfully experience oneness, there's an uncanny simplicity and innocence in the song. 

So much of the song is driven by nature, be it the early morning chills, the romance in the backdrop of the scorching sun, the waterfalls or the dense forest and the rocks, it's hard not to be charmed by Obulamma. The instrumentation is so simple yet effective and lets the singers dip into the melodic charm of the number beautifully. PVNS Rohit's voice has matured well and Satya Yamini does adequate justice to the ambience of the number. There's absolutely no doubt as to why the makers, First Frame Entertainments, chose to release this song from the film first. Obulamma will grow on you like an earworm - the more you listen to it, the more you discover its riches.

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