Janatha Garage looks like a powerful mass entertainer from the outset, but the 'emotional tone' of its theatrical trailer has set right expectations on the film.
Even the audio album isn’t filled with typical mass masala stuff barring one item song. Most of the songs sound situational and conveys something about the characters or the story.
“Pranamam Pranamam” song is based on the hero’s characterization who is a nature lover. Devi Sri Prasad keeps it simple with a catchy tune and the orchestration that is ‘easy on the ears’. Rama Jogayya Sasthri has penned beautiful lyrics and Shankar Mahadevan’s passionate rendition takes this song to another level.
“Rock on bro” is about enjoying life. This song too sounds situational and gives us an insight of hero’s character. DSP’s tune has a déjà vu feel to it. Raghu Dixit’s voice and Rama Jogayya Sastri’s lyrics make it special. The song has the power to grow on you with each listening.
“Apple Beauty” song is a typical DSP style youthful song where Rama Jogayya Sastri shows trendy side of his. A very average song that should bank upon the picturization and NTR’s dance moves to make it watchable. Yazin Nizar who has been a regular feature in DSP albums has sung it along with energetic Neha Bhasin.
“Jayaho Janatha” takes the cake with an instantly appealing tune and superb rendition of Sukhwinder Singh and Vijay Prakash. Ace lyricist Rama Jogaiah Sastry is at the top of his game. This song tells us almost everything about the plot of the movie. DSP has once again let the lyrics and singers do the job with pleasant yet striking orchestration.
“Nee Selvadigi” is a bit song that is superbly rendered by Shwetha Mohan. Rama Jogayya Sastri’s lyrics tell us everything about the situation. This song comes at the point where one of the heroines takes leave from the hero and moves on. Shweta’s voice reminds us of legendary Chitra in this song.
“Nenu Pakka Local” is the much hyped item song that was shot on Kajal and NTR. The song may appeal to the masses but it not even close to DSP’s best item songs. Geetha Madhuri’s energetic vocals are the only saving grace. Fans may not complain too much about this song as it is the only mass song in the entire album.
If you like the typical masala songs with heavy beats and nothing else, Janatha Garage is not for you. But, if you're looking to give your eardrums a break from the formulaic schlock and listen to something that is lyrically rich with a pleasant feel, get this one.