Vijai Bulganin, music composer for ‘Daare Ledha’ and ‘Vaanam Thondraadho’, is on board for the Telugu film ‘Meet Cute’ and the upcoming Anand Deverakonda


Poignant Telugu-Tamil music video ‘Daare Ledha’ and ‘Vaanam Thondraadho’ is the work of composer Vijai Bulganin, who has been signed to more Telugu films

The warm welcome of the bilingual Telugu-Tamil clip Daare Ledha / Vaanam Thondraadho strengthened the confidence of his music composer Vijai Bulganin. Starring actors Satya Dev and Roopa Koduvayur as a medical couple, the song recognizes the efforts of frontline workers. Produced by Wall Poster Cinema and supported by ChaiBisket, the video urges viewers to continue to follow appropriate COVID-19 protocols. The video unfolds like a poignant love story rather than a public service announcement.

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The recognition Vijai received for his melodic composition is also an affirmation of his decision to quit engineering and pursue music a few years ago.

Small city moorings

Speaking from his home in Ramachandrapuram near Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, Vijai said: “My father was a tractor driver and then worked as a lineman in the power utility. My mother is a housewife. They stretched their finances to get me to study. They supported my decision to continue music, but I was aware it was a risk.

Vijai now composes music for Meet cute, the Telugu film directed by Deepthi Ganta and produced by stylist Prashanti Tipirneni and Nani, and another film directed by Sai Rajesh starring Anand Deverakonda. He had previously worked for Telugu films Saptagiri Express and Vajra Kavacha Dhara Govinda, and simultaneously explored independent music. “I didn’t know how to approach film production houses for work. I thought it would be better to release a few independent songs to show that I can do a good job, ”Vijai explains.

Roopa Koduvayur and Satya Dev in 'Daare Ledha' / 'Vaanam Thondraadho' music video

Roopa Koduvayur and Satya Dev in ‘Daare Ledha’ / ‘Vaanam Thondraadho’ music video

The clips Thatukolede (Vittu Pogathe in Tamil) and Chustu chustune (Parakkireney in Tamil), which he did in collaboration with actor-influencer Deepthi Sunaina and filmmaker Vinay Shanmukh caught the attention of Nani’s sister, Deepthi Ganta and his wife Anjana, and paved the way for him to be part of Meet cute.

“Deepthi recounted a situation of Meet cute; I asked him to give me five days so that I could compose two different tunes. She was running out of time and said she would prefer a piece in three days. I started to compose and it turned out that I was able to give him three songs in a few hours. Nani felt that one of these tunes would be suitable for a music video he was preparing, which became Daare Ledha. “Vijai remembers the day he received a call from Nani:” Cell phone connectivity is spotty where I live, so I waited on the patio when I was told he would probably contact me.

Remote collaboration

Daare Ledha / Vaanam Thondraadho formed during the second wave of COVID-19 when many states were under lockdown. The song is the result of a long distance collaboration between Vijai and his friends in Chennai who had access to a recording studio: “I have a small studio at home where I composed and edited; my friends did the final cut. Sound engineer Roshan doubled as a singer, Bhuvanesh was on keyboard and piano, and guitarist Edwin Sagar was working from Kerala.

A career in film seemed to be a pipe dream for Vijai, originally from the village of Vedurupaka who moved to Ramachandrapuram to study. He remembers some members of his family showing a keen interest in music: “My grandfather, a doctor, played the violin and my pedananna (uncle) used to sing.

Vijai grew up listening to songs by AR Rahman and Ilaiyaraaja, before formally training in Carnatic and Western classical music. The emerging composer wishes to work on film projects in Telugu and Tamil.

Before I finished, I asked him about his last name: “My grandfather named my father after the Russian leader Nikolai Bulganin, who visited India in 1955. I have a great deal of respect for my father. father and I asked for his permission to use Bulganin as a surname.


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