Kannada Film Industry is prepping up for a massive final flourish as, one of the most-anticipated movies of this year, Rakshit Shetty’s comeback to the big-screen almost 3 years after he set the box-office on fire – Avane Srimannaryana is slated for a release at the end of this year. As we are all aware by now, this flick is getting released in multiple languages and to achieve perfection in every second that the audience will be investing in, the makers are taking the utmost care to deliver a top-class product.

At this juncture, we grabbed a few valuable minutes from Avane Srimannarayana’s only lyric-writer – Nagarjun Sharma, to sit down with us and give an insight into what has gone into getting the wordings of ASN’s songs right and perfect in Kannada and the other languages.

Here are the excerpts from the interview with Nagarjun Sharma:

An array of words unheard of

Every aspect of Avane Srimannarayana has a speciality and uniqueness attached to it. More so, with the songs & the lyrics of the movie. As Nagarjun himself explains, there are a few elements in the songs that are sure to create a trend and leave a lasting impact on the audience.

“A Challenging Process”

Nagarjun Sharma

A retro-style movie, Nagarjun Sharma had to endure a ‘challenging process’ to ink the lyrics of ASN. With modern Kannada words temporarily dismissed from his vocabulary, the young lyricist had to evolve himself in creating something that remains in line with the tone of the movie. That being said, Nagarjun is confident about the output and is keen for the audience to give an ear to them.

The best in the business have penned the lyrics for ASN

Srimannaryana is coming in multiple languages and the best of our neighbouring industries are working ASN’s lyrics in Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam.

• Telugu – Ramajogayya Sastry


Well, this man needs no introduction to the world of lyrics. Having given the best for the best in Tollywood, Ramajogayya Sastry is on board for the Telugu version of ASN. Sastry has written hit songs for movies such as Baahubali, Eega and Bharath Ane Nenu in his illustrious career so far. His experience of having written more than 1000 songs will surely come handy for the Rakshit Shetty starrer.

• Tamil – Vivek, Yugabharathi, and Aruna Kamaraj

We are pretty sure the mass number ‘Marana mass’ from Rajnikanth’s Petta would have crossed your ears a few months ago. Vivek, who has written this song will also be working for Rakshit’s Tamil debut. Vivek has the credit of AR Rahman’s upcoming album Bigil, which features Vijay in the lead. Vivek has also written for Mersal and Sarkar in the past.

Basically a poet, Yugabharathi’s best work so far has been the evergreen ‘Manmadha Raasa’ from ‘Thiruda Thirudi’. Yugabharathi has good movies to his credit such as Viswasam and Ayogya. While he will also be penning the lyrics for one of the songs, Aruna Kamaraj of Kabali’s ‘Nerruppu Da’ fame has also been locked for the ASN’s Tamil version.

• Malayalam – Rafeeq Ahmed and Akhil

With over 600 songs to his credit, Rafeeq Ahmed from Mollywood is a legendary addition to the team of ASN. Rafeeq will be joined by talented newcomer Akhil to ink the lyrics in Malayalam.

“A reflection of the output”

Initially, a few of these writers were sceptical about the task in front of them, but after taking a look at a few rushes from the movie, they were blown away by the output and were instantly on board. As Nagarjun says, this was the first instance of the appreciation that was received for solid output that they have already put up.

A multilingual lyrical delight

Relatively in the early part of his career, Nagarjun considers himself lucky to have interacted with the best in his field of work. Although all the songs had their lyrics first penned in Kannada, Nagarjun assures that the songs in ASN’s other versions have a unique identity and will stand on their own.


What lies next?

As he signs off, the young writer exuded confidence and is eager for the audience to get mesmerized by his work in Avane Srimannaryana.

Avane Srimannarayana is a period romantic comedy film directed by Sachin Ravi, jointly produced by Pushkara Mallikarjunaiah & H. K. Prakash. The soundtrack and music score is by Charan Raj and B. Ajaneesh Loknath, the cinematography is by Karm Chawla.