Kaun Mera, Mera Kya Tu Laage
Kyun Tu Baandhe, Mann Ke Mann Se Dhaage
Bas Chale Naa Kyun Mera Tere Aage
Recall the song from Special 26 rendered by Chaitra Ambadipudi, Papon and Sunidhi Chauhan? Penned by Irshad Kamil, the song doesn’t miss to hit the right chord. The confusion, attraction and confession; everything is beautifully expressed through the marveling tune of the song. This heart touching and soulful song is composed by a musical maestro from southern peninsula of India.
He is known by three names. Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai are the three major cities of India where his music rules. He is a recognised phenomenon everywhere.
You know him by the name of M. M. Kreem in Hindi, Keeravani in Telugu and Makaratamani in Tamil. His acclaimed tunes are famous across the nation yet the man behind the tunes is not known to many. He deliberately stays away from media and maintains a low profile. The man who started off as a violin player is composing astounding tunes today in all the three different linguistic industries.
Originally known as Marakatha Mani Kirwani, he was born in Andhra Pradesh to Shiv Shakti Dutta, who was a prominent film-maker himself.
He started off as an assistant music director to Chakravarty in 1987. His first movie as an independent composer was ‘Kalki’. However, the movie never released. In 1990, he again composed music for Ramoji Rao’s ‘Manasu Mamatha’ which garnered him a lot of attention.
In 1992, he was signed for composing ‘Dhadakte Mere Dil Ko’ from Ram Gopal Verma’s ‘Drohi’ where R. D. Burman composed for the rest. It was definitely a stand out composition among the other brilliant pieces by R. D. Burman.
Tu Mile Dil Khile Aur Jeene Ko Kya Chahiye
Na Ho Tu Udaas Tere Paas Paas Main Rahunga Zindagi Bhar
Saare Sansaar Ka Pyar Maine Tujhi Mein Paaya
Tu Mile Dil Khile Aur Jeene Ko Kya Chahiye
M. M. Kreem’s first Hindi movie as an independent composer was ‘Criminal’. ‘Tu Mile Dil Khile’ by Kumar Sanu was an instant hit among the masses and it went on to top the chart-busters as soon as it released. With Ram Gopal Verma’s ‘Criminal’, he made his smashing entry into the Hindi film industry. The slow and consequent fast pace of the song undeniably makes it a beautiful musical piece by the composer.
Tum Aaye To Aaya Mujhe Yaad, Gali Mein Chaand Nikla
Jaane Kitne Dino Ke Baad
Gali Mein Aaj Chaand Nikla
This beautiful rendition by Alka Yagnik and composed by M. M. Kreem was for Mahesh Bhatt’s ‘Zakhm’. It is almost impossible to get the tune of the song out of one’s brain once it is instilled in your mind. The prolonged and painful wait of a wife for her husband and also the joy associated with the wait getting over is beautifully depicted in the song. The simple yet elegant song was truly a mind-blowing composition by Kreem.
Jadoo Hai Nasha Hai Madhoshiyaan
Tujhko Bhulaake Ab Jaaun Kahaan
The ecstatic and equally enthralling rendition by Shreya Ghoshal was an immediate super hit track which did hit the charts almost instantly. The magnetic tune composed by Kreem for Mahesh Bhatt’s ‘Jism’ is almost incomparable.
‘O Saathiya Aayi Jo Teri Yaad’ by Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik from ‘Saaya’ is another track that was immensely popular among the masses.
Kabhi Shaam Dhale To Mere Dil Mein Aa Jaana, Kabhi Chaand Khile To Mere Dil Mein Aa Jaana’ – Rendered by Mahalaxmi and penned by Nida Fazli, the excellent masterpiece was composed again by M. M. Kreem for ‘Sur’ in 2002. ‘Aa Bhi Jaa Ae Subah Aa Bhi Jaa’, ‘Aao Tumhe Ek Nayi Baat Bataaun’ were other beautiful compositions by M. M. Kreem from ‘Sur’.
‘Sur’ showcased some excellent and exceptional violin renditions. The song ‘Dil Mein Jaagi Dhadkan‘ by Sunidhi Chauhan presents some divergent ranges which surely makes it a unique composition. Lucky Ali probably delivered his best through ‘Aa Bhi Jaa Ae Subah Aa Bhi Jaa’. And once again, the violin in the soundtrack is surely not to be missed!
Mujh Mein Tu, Tu Hi Tu Basa
Naino Mein, Jaise Khwab Sa
Jo Tu Na Ho To Paani Paani Naina
Jo Tu Na Ho To Main Bhi Hunga Main Na
The song is rendered by popular actor Akshay Kumar for ‘Special 26′. It was only M. M. Kreem’s faith and guide that brought the actor in the centre stage of singing. He made Kumar practice riwaz on hamonium for 6 hours in a day. After a juggle of 15 days, finally the song was recorded smoothly in only one hour by the composer. No doubt, the eminent composer groomed the actor flawlessly as a singer for the song.
M. M. Kreem has also composed for ‘Iss Raat Ki Subah Nahin’, ‘Rowdy Rathore’, ‘Rog’, ‘Lahore’, ‘Haveli’ and even Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Paheli’.
‘Dheere Jalna‘ by Sonu Nigam from ‘Paheli’ is an unforgettable track composed by M. M. Kreem. The slow, low and high pitch of sound that emerges in the song with the eventual revelation of the tune is a wonderful musical ride for any listener.
The entire soundtrack of ‘Paheli’ consists of a traditional Rajasthani folk touch and instruments used at the background are thoroughly inspired from ethnic Rajasthani tradition. The enriched vocals and the brilliant renditions of ‘Paheli’ surely made it a stand out soundtrack in 2005. ‘Kangna Re’, ‘Phir Raat Kati’, ‘Khali Hai Tere Bina’, ‘Minnat Kare’ and ‘Laaga Re Jal Laaga’ are other notable tracks from the movie.
In 1997, he received the National Award For Best Music Direction for the Telugu movie ‘Anna Mayya’. He also won the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards for Best Music Direction for the film ‘Azhagan’ in 1991.
The 8 times Nandi Awards winner (Highest Ceremonial Award by Andhra Pradesh Government for Telugu Cinema) still continues to churn out unparalleled compositions in all the three languages of Hindi, Telugu and Tamil. He also composed for Malayam movies like ‘Neelagiri’ and ‘Devaraagam’. The man already has more than 200 films in his kit in various languages and he continues to make the list bigger and bigger.