“Yevo Gusagusalu Paade – Chinnari Chitti Babu” (1981) – Telugu Feature Film

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“Yevo Gusagusalu Paade” (ఏవో గుసగుసలు పాడే ) – Chinnari Chitti Babu (చిన్నారి చిట్టి బాబు  1981) – Dialogues: Cheruvu Anjaneya Sastry – Lyrics: C. Narayana Reddy, Arudra, Jaladi, Gopi – Voice : P Susheela (పులిపాక సుశీల ) – Musical Score: Rohinichandra/Ilayaraaja (రోహిణిచంద్ర/ఇళయరాజా) – Producer: K. Venkata Narayana Gupta

Produced by K NV Narayana Gupta under “Amar Art International” banner, the film “Chinnari Chitti Babu” starred Kavitha, Sudarshan, Mamatha, P L Narayana, P J Sharma & Rallapalli. The crew included Director: N. Gopalakrishna, Cinematography: P J Selvam & the background score composed by Rohinichandra/Ilayaraaja. The film is a remake of Hindi movie Aakhri Khat (The Last Letter – 1966), directed by Chetan Anand. The  film was was also remade in Tamil as “Poonthalir” (1979) directed by Devaraj-Mohan with composer Ilayaraaja belting the tunes. The songs composed by Ilayaraaja were retained in the Telugu version with minor modifications. The Tamil version of the featured song was rendered by Jency (“Gnyan Gnyan Paadanum” written by Panchu Arunachalam).

“Aakhri Khat” marked the debut of Rajesh Khanna, who became the first superstar of Indian Cinema from 1969. Khayyam scored the music and lyrics were written by Kaifi Azmi (actress Shabana Azmi’s father). The film was selected as the Indian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 40th Academy Awards in 1967, but was not accepted for nomination. Rajesh Khanna disclosed in an interview,”I consider “Aakhri Khat” a memorable film of my initial days. It was out and out a director’s project and Chetan Anand, highly imaginative and sensitive director handled the film with expertise. I still clearly remember how cinematographer Jal Mistry shot the song sequence, “Ab Na Ja” on me and Indrani Mukherjee in five to six close ups also picturising the natural panorama of the Himalayas with rare aesthetics and perfection. My most challenging scene in “Aakhri Khat” was the last one where I am in a pensive mood in silence till I recognise my son, Bunty. Chetan Anand used to wake me up with late night phone calls so that my face had the ideal pathos oriented look.” (Interview Excerpts – “My First Break – Rajesh Khanna”. The Hindu. 19 May 2011).

The tunes composed by Ilayaraaja for the Tamil film “Poonthalir” was adopted and retained by Rohinichandra (“Aakanulalo” – P Susheela/V Ramakrishna, “Ra Ra Naa Babu” – P Susheela, “My Dear” – S P Balasubramaniam/S P Sailaja, “Evo Gusa Gusalu” – P Susheela)

Lyrics : C Narayana Reddy

ఏవో గుసగుసలు పాడే సరిగమలు
కోయిల కువకువలూ..కోర్కెల రెపరెపలు
ఊహల తోటలో ఊయల పాటలో
వలపులు కలసిన మమతల మనసున
ఏవో గుసగుసలు పాడే సరిగమలు…
ఆహాహా..ఓ హోహో..లలలల లలలల
ఆ తొలిచూపులొ ఆశల తొందర
ఆ తొలిచూపులొ ఆశల తొందర
ఆ సిరినవ్వులో వసంతమాడు వెన్నెల
ఆ గిలిగింతలో ఈ పులకింతలే ఆనంద భైరవి పాడే వేళలో…
ఏవో గుసగుసలు పాడే సరిగమలు
ఆఆఆ అ అ ఆ లా లా లా లాలలా
ఏ అనుభంధమో ప్రేమసుగంధమై
ఏ అనుభంధమో ప్రేమసుగంధమై
పూ పొదరింటిలో మా తొలి జంటలో ..తుమ్మెద రొదలై కమ్మని కధలై
మోహన రాగమే మోగే గుండెలో
ఏవో గుసగుసలు పాడే సరిగమలు
కోయిల కువకువలూ..కోర్కెల రెపరెపలు
ఊహల తోటలో ఊయల పాటలో
వలపులు కలసిన మమతల మనసున
ఏవో గుసగుసలు పాడే సరిగమలు…
ల లా లలలా ల లా ల ల లా…

Sultry rhythm, Susheela’s soft vocal caresses and the fire of new romance (pictured on Actress Kavitha) reflect love’s many shades, as exquisite piano, solo violin, guitars and percussion set the mood, a full-on sonic assault. Both Ilayaraaja & Susheela create an environment (arranged, produced and performed exceptionally) for the listener that is both sensuous and melodious. Opening with a vibrato in “Evo Gusa Gusale”, Susheela’s voluptuary vocals alongside piano, violin and synthesizer provides a carpet of comfort to the listener – an ineffable escape indeed.

Ilayaraaja (one of his vintage exquisite compositions) and Susheela, both turn it up a notch (the vocals and instrumentals weave back and forth), keeping the tempo upbeat, buoyant and sassy to serenade us – thanks to C Narayana Reddy’s lyrics.  Her vocals are just exotic, sensual, hypnotic, mysterious, and enchanting in delivering the verses – “vasanthamadu vennela……anandha bhairavi paade velalo”.  This provocative rhythm and Susheela’s interpretation takes you on a surreal journey to your heart and back again in “valapu kalisina mamthala mansula”. Her vocal texture and dynamics in “ye anubandhamao prema sugandhamai” creates a vivid journey (day dream) easily followed – a pure listening pleasure.

Susheela’s singing (display of vocal panorama) soars and spirals amidst a seamless backdrop of exquisitely arranged excitingly diverse percussion – deeply melodic. This is definitely is one of Maestro’s  beautiful, evocative and refreshing recording in the early 80s, who was moving boldly in a new and exciting direction.


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