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'RRR' composer MM Keeravaani: Creating chartbusters since 1990s

New Delhi, Jan 11 (PTI) With the Golden Globe win of "RRR" track 'Naatu Naatu', Indian composer MM Keeravaani has become the toast of the 2023 Hollywood awards season, but his connect with audiences goes way back to the 1990s generation still mesmerised when they hear the romantic Telugu track 'Thelusa Manasa'.

Better known to audiences up north as 'Tum Mile' in Hindi from Mahesh Bhatt's 1994 film "Criminal", 'Thelusa Manasa', a breezy love ballad sung by SP Balasubrahmanyam and KS Chithra, is everything that 'Naatu Naatu' is not.

'Naatu Naatu', which translates to bucolic in Telugu, was a runaway hit at home in India with the release of SS Rajamouli's magnum opus. Soon, the viewers in the West were also swept away in the irreverent and yet inclusive vibe of the 4.35-minute song enacted on screen by leading stars Ram Charan and Jr NTR.