Venkatesh’s Guru, a remake of R.Madhavan’s Irudhi Suttru, hit the screens recently and was a decent performer at the box office. Venkatesh was applauded for the kind of roles he has been choosing lately and debutant (in Telugu) Ritika Singh was highly appreciated for her valiant performance. Sudha Kongara, the director, was credited for all the success of the film. Music Composer Santosh Narayanan, already known for exhilarating tunes in Kabali, was rated highly by critics and insiders for his catchy tunes and sounds. One thing that really caught everyone’s attention were two songs ‘GUNDELOTHULALO’ AND ‘O SAKKANODA’. These two songs visually have a refreshing feel and ooze loads of ingénue. K.A.Sakthivel, the D.O.P, has captured the locales admirably and this contributes a lot to the feel of it. While we talk about the cinematography, there is another element that needs due credit – the voice behind the songs. The singer of these two songs is Dheekshitha Venkadeshan A.K.A Dhee in the singing circles.
Dhee was born in Australia in 1998 to Meenakshi Iyer a classical dancer, who remarried Santosh Narayanan. Dheekshitha began her career with songs in Pizza II: Villa and Cuckoo, for which Santosh is the composer. She did all this during breaks from her education. Her recent work is in Telugu version of Guru, for which the makers retained the original songs.
‘O SAKKANODA’ portrays the feelings Ritika develops for Venkatesh and ‘GUNDELOTHULALO’ shows the situation that Ritika is in after she loses all she has. The rendition by Dhee in these two songs are soulful and draw your attention in no time. One can’t help but start humming these tunes and put them on loop. The fervour poured in by Dhee in the song gives a salubrious feeling.
We hope Dhee achieves more in her metier and croons more of these kinds of numbers.