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Devi Sri Prasad on Row Over Samantha’s ‘Oo Antava’: It’s Not Item Number But Song With Social Message



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Pushpa: The Rise that includes Allu Arjun and Rashmika Mandana within the lead has managed to efficiently carry out on the field workplace for over three weeks regardless of competitors from main Hollywood and Bollywood releases. Reportedly, the movie has grossed over Rs 325 crore worldwide and remains to be performing exceptionally properly throughout the globe. The Sukumar directorial was just lately launched on OTT and the movie has been obtained properly on the digital platform too. Apart from the performances, even the songs of the movies have taken the viewers by storm.

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From Srivalli to Saami Saami and Oo Antava, each music has been an enormous hit throughout all languages. However, Oo Antava, that includes Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Allu Arjun, courted controversy for portraying males as “lustful folks.” The song’s lyrics, written by Chandra Bose, carry a bold message about how men generally look at women. In fact, a political party member had raised an objection claiming that a devotional song has been converted into “an item number.”

In an unique dialog with News18.com, music composer Devi Sri Prasad says that the music isn’t sexist or attempting to look down upon anybody, “When Chandra Bose sir (lyricist) and Sukumar sir (director) got here up with the idea of the music, we have been conscious that we might be getting such feedback. But we have now made a real try and the intention is to not harm or offend anybody. It is a state of affairs that we’re describing and we aren’t generalising that every one males are like that.”

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The music composer argues that for the longest time, the movie trade has had songs which have objectified ladies however nobody has ever had any objection. However, when it got here to Oo Antava that talks in regards to the male gaze, folks all of a sudden discovered it offensive, he provides. “I obtained calls from loads of feminine pals, journalists, lecturers they usually mentioned that hats off to creating such a music. They mentioned it’s not an merchandise music however a music with a social message.”

Prasad also says that he has been surrounded by strong women and wouldn’t ever try to look down upon them, “I have been raised by a strong mother. I have a sister and many female friends. I really respect women and not only me, everyone from the team of Pushpa respects females. We aren’t blaming anyone but just talking about the current situation. So, if you look at it, a lot of problems also happen in reality for women. People who don’t want to understand anything will sound wrong to them. If the song was so bad, then it wouldn’t have become such a huge hit.”

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The composer additionally says that he’s very “cautious” when he composes dance numbers. “I am very particular that the item songs or special numbers that I compose aren’t demeaning to anyone. Most of my item songs are sung by kids. Most of these songs that I have composed are loved by kids and women. So I am really responsible. Also, whenever I am composing a song, it is played to my family including my mother and sister at the dinner table. For me, a song has to be entertaining. The lyrics can’t degrade or offend anyone. There are times when the lyrics have a certain hidden meaning which can’t be avoided as that is the charm of an item song, but that has been there since the time songs are being made. It is there in classical songs too. It has to be put out in a charming and entertaining way.”

Prasad is de facto completely satisfied that every one the songs of ‘Pushpa’ have been receiving a lot love. “Be it Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, or Malayalam, the songs have been an enormous hit throughout all languages and the credit score goes to the workforce and the viewers. The effort that went into all of the songs has actually paid off. It virtually took me one month to finish every music within the movie. I meticulously chosen the singers to swimsuit a specific language. In truth, I joked with Allu Arjun that composing music for Pushpa: The Rise was like composing music for 5 movies (laughs),” he concludes.

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