For the multistarrer John Jani Janardhan, directed by Guru Deshpande, the makers have come up with an interesting rap number Kananda Kalliri (Learn Kannada).
The song composed by Arjun Janya has lyrics written by Chandan Shetty, for which the lines go, "A AA Ee Eee O Oo... Sumane Kannada mathadu manke". Seen in the rap song is Ajai Rao, Yogi and Krishna.
It is another attempt to encourage the youth to learn the local language, says the music director. "Today's youngsters hardly speak the local language and prefer English. They will not get the message if we tell them in the old style. So, the director and I decided to go their way. So many of my friends from across state, who have been listening to this song, sent me back a message saying 'Don't prounounce it as Kannad, it is Kannada', " says Arjun Janya.
Chandan Shetty, who has written the song, said that it was director's idea and he just followed the concept. "There is a situation in the film, where this song becomes necessary. The song is more like a fight between two parties. So, I felt a rap is the best form, in which words carry some weigh without seeming aggressive or demanding," says Chandan.
John Jani Janardhan made under MR Pictures also features Malashree in an important role with Mumbai girl Kamna Ranawath playing the lead.