Lyricist Suddala Ashok Teja, GV Prakash team up for an inspirational dance number
Award-winning actor Dhanush and Samyuktha Menon are teaming up for the much-awaited college drama, Sir a.k.a Vaathi, a Telugu-Tamil bilingual, written and directed by Venky Atluri. S Naga Vamsi and Sai Soujanya are bankrolling the film under Sithara Entertainments and Fortune Four Cinemas while Srikara Studios presents it. GV Prakash scores the music for the drama. After delighting audiences with Mastaaru Mastaaru, the makers of Sir/Vaathi launched the second single, Banjara, today.
Sung by Anurag Kulkarni and penned by national award-winning lyricist Suddala Ashok Teja, Banjara is a foot-tapping, motivational number, set in a rustic backdrop, that elaborates on the larger truths of life through simple, effective metaphors. The song establishes that the protagonist, played by Dhanush, who plays a lecturer in the film, is fighting for a cause along with a group of students. The number states the importance for all to recognise the true purpose behind their existence.
The opening lines, ‘Ille naadhani..vaakili naadhenante..Pakkuna navvuthadi bhoothalli..Padave naadhani..alalu naavenante..Padi padi navvutavi..sandrale’, with a hint of sarcasm and excellent wordplay, say the need for a human to rise above their ‘I, me, myself’ approach to life and suggests them to become one with nature. The references to the origin of thambura, various dimensions of nature and simple joys of life, showcase Suddala Ashok Teja’s brilliance.
Anurag Kulkarni lends Banjara just the right amount of raw energy and enthusiasm while making an appearance alongside composer GV Prakash Kumar in the lyrical video as well. Vijay Binni’s choreography enhances the impact of the number further and designs it more like a celebration, extracting the best out of Dhanush as a dancer. Going by the lyric video, the song unfolds when the lecturer and the students are on the move.
“Through Banjara, a situational number in Sir, we’ve tried to discuss the innate philosophy of life, the purpose beneath our existence and the fight for livelihood between our birth and our last breath. The song discusses why it’s wrong to say that God hasn’t done much to help you, how he has a place reserved for you and that it’s your responsibility to reach there. I liked how the director narrated the story, situation and wanted me to write about a life journey in a song form. Banjara was written keeping the essence of Bhagavadgita and the preachings of sage Adi Shankara in mind,” Suddala Ashok Teja shared.
The film will release simultaneously in Telugu and Tamil across the globe on February 17, 2023
Sai Kumar, Tanikella Bharani, Samuthirakani, Thotapalli Madhu, Narra Srinivas, Pammi Sai, Hyper Aadhi, Shara, Aadukalam Naren, Ilavarasu, Motta Rajendran, Hareesh Peradi and Praveena essay important roles in Sir too. J Yuvraj cranks the camera while Navin Nooli is the editor and Avinash Kolla is the production designer. Venkat handles the action choreography.