Although we’ve heard of stars doing their own playback at least once in their careers, it’s surprising to hear of a filmmaker lending his voice to a song. And it’s astonishing that the person in question is Ram Gopal Varma. It was at the music launch of the Telugu version of Rakht Charitra in Hyderabad on Sunday evening, that this piece of news came to light.
Interestingly, Kattulato Savasam... Netturu toti Samapthamm, the track that Varma has sung, is a slow and serious number that plays in the background. It mourns the murder of people caught in the war between two political rivals, played by Vivek Oberoi and Surya.
A source associated with the film reveals that Varma was never meant to sing the song. "Ramu wanted the song to be rendered in a particular manner and that’s why he recorded a demo for it. Later, composer Ravi Shankar felt Ramu’s singing was perfect and was eager to retain it instead of having it re-recorded," says our source, adding that the filmmaker agreed after Shankar and the other team members had him convinced about his vocal skills.
However, what came as a pleasant surprise to Varma was the comparison of his voice to that of music maestro Illaiyaraja. "People told Ramu that his singing is as good as Illaiyaraja sir’s," adds our source.
While Varma declined to comment, producer Sheetal Talwar admitted that his jaw dropped when he learnt that the director had actually sung the song. “The feedback to Ramu’s singing is very good. In fact, we didn’t expect such a huge applause,” says the producer adding, “Seeing the kind of appreciation the Telugu song has got, I’m trying to convince Ramu to sing the Hindi version too. He’s not yet agreed to it. Let’s see.”