Puli (soundtrack)

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Soundtrack album by A. R. Rahman
Released 11 July 2010
Recorded Panchathan Record Inn and AM Studios, Chennai, India
K. M. Musiq Studios, Los Angeles
Genre Film soundtrack
Length 29:09
Label Sony Music
Producer A. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology

Puli is the soundtrack to the 2010 Telugu action film of the same name, directed by S. J. Suryaah and starring Pawan Kalyan. The soundtrack album includes six songs composed by A. R. Rahman and lyrics penned by Chandrabose. The highly anticipated soundtrack album was released on 11 July 2010 by Sony Music.[1] The album was released under the film's working title Komaram Puli, with the title of the film being changed to Puli upon release. The soundtrack album and background score received positive critical reception upon release. It was nominated for various music awards such as Best Music Director and Best Background Score (Rahman), and Best Female Playback (Shweta Mohan for "Amma Thalle"), but most of the awards in the Best Music Direction and Background Score categories mainly lost to Ye Maaya Chesave, composed by Rahman himself. Shweta Mohan won Best Female Playback for the song "Amma Thalle" in the 2010 Mirchi Music Awards South. Sony Music purchased the Music Rights of the film for 2.5 crore (US$390,000) which was a record at the time.


The release rights of the album was purchased by Sony Music for 2 crores.[2] The track listing was published on A. R. Rahman official website on 6 July. A 30 second promo of the song "Maaralente" was released through this website on the same day. Promos of other songs were released the next day. The audio was launched on 11 July 2010 by the then Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah, Rahman and his mother Kareema Begum in a function held at H.I.C.C Novotel, Hyderabad.[1][3] The function was attended by K. Rosaiah, S. J. Suryaah, Allu Aravind, Pawan Kalyan, Nikeesha Patel, Shriya Saran, A. R. Rahman, Chandrabose, Anand Sai and many others.[4] Puli music rights were acquired by Sony music for 2 crores to 2.5 crore (US$390,000).[5]


The picturisation of the songs were also noted. Two songs were choreographed by famous Bollywood choreographer Ahmed Khan. The songs choreograhed by him were "Power Star", the introduction song of Pawan Kalyan and "Dochey", the item number featuring Shriya Saran. The songs were filmed in two schedules at Annapurna Studios beginning from 18 May.[6] Out of the six songs, four songs were directly included while the remaining two were background songs.[7] Lyricist Chandrabose collaborated with Rahman for the first time through this film. However, the lyrics penned by him got notably mixed reviews and even his name was not credited in the front CD cover.[8] The lyricist was also criticised for using certain words like "heroin" and "cocaine" in the track "Power Star".[9] He took almost three months to write the song "Amma Thale" while all it took to write the song "Maaralente" was 30 minutes.[7] The original score, composed by Rahman also won critical appreciations. He has collaborated with artists from three European countries for re-recording the background score.[7]

The first song in the movie is "Namakame", picturised on Saranya, when she prays at a temple before the birth of her son. The next song, "Maham Maye" is a duet, picturised on Nikeesha Patel, when she tries to grab the attention of Pawan Kalyan. "Amma Thale" comes in close succession and is of the similar theme. Fourth song, "Dochey" is an item number by Shriya Saran, who is a casino dancer in the film. "Power Star", is picturised on Nikeesha and Pawan and it praises the style and hero qualities of Pawan. The last song, "Maaralente", is a background song used throughout the movie, notably during the Puli team formation and the climax scenes.


The soundtrack got generally positive reviews and has become a hot seller during recent days. 3 lakh units of the audio CD was sold within few days after audio release.[10]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Musicaloud 8/10 stars[11]
Behindwoods (not rated) [12]

The soundtrack has also received positive critical reviews. Behindwoods commented that the soundtrack as usual is a great piece from Rahman.[12] A review on NDTV said, "As far as music is concerned, the re-recording is excellent, but the songs are only so good."[13] Nowrunning reviewed the music saying "A.R. Rahman's music and background score is as always melodious."[14] However, a review by Rediff said, "Rahman's music is not as great as expected except for the song Maaralente which seems touching, fairly powerful and reverberates in the mind even after the film is over."[15]

Track listing[edit]

The official track listing:[16] [17] [18]

# Title Artist(s) Length Picturisation Notes
1 "Power Star" Vijay Prakash, Krish, Tanvi Shah 4:45 Duet song picturised on Pawan and Nikeesha; song praises Pawan's style and hero qualities. (additional arrangements by Ranjit Barot)
2 "Amma Thale" Naresh Iyer, Shweta Mohan 4:30 Duet song picturised on Pawan and Nikeesha; introduction song of the heroine
3 "Maaralente" A. R. Rahman, K. M. M. C. Choir 5:02 Background song / montage shot on Pawan's Puli Team formation, their activities and in the climax scenes (conducted by Kavita Baliga)
4 "Maham Maye" Javed Ali, Suchitra 4:08 Duet song picturised on Pawan and Nikeesha (additional vocals by Mili Nair)
5 "Dochey" Shreya Ghoshal, Lady Kash n' Krissy 4:21 Item song picturised on Shriya Saran (English lyrics by Kash n' Krissy)
6 "Namakame" K. S. Chithra, Madhushree, Harini 6:25 Devotional background song in the beginning of the movie shot on Saranya


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