The Sittharala Sirapadu song from the Telugu Movie Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo is the most inspired piece of song picturization that I have recently seen in any movie. It beautifully blended a folkish take of a song written in Srikakulam dialect with the climactic fight sequence shot in slow-mo.

Here are the lyrics and translation…


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Sittharala sirapadu, sittharala sirapadu
Pattu pattinaada voggane voggadu
Petthanalu nadipedu sittharala sirapadu
Manthanalu chesinadu sitharala sirapadu
Vooruru voggesina voddhandudu voggadu
A amazing youngster who keeps attempting different things {sirapadu – pet name}
Once he puts his mind on something, he’ll doesn’t stop till it’s completed
He does big things all around
Even if the whole village leaves it, he’ll not leave his grip (like that of a monitor lizard)
Budathodi aambothu rankesi kummabothe
Budathodi aambothu rankesi kummabothe
Kommulodadesi mari pepalodinaduro
When an authority displaying, raging bull comes to charging
He removes it’s horns and blows it as a trumpet
Jadalippi marri chhettu dheyyala kompante
Jadalippi marri chhettu dheyyala kompante
Dheyamutho kayaniki thodakotti dhigadu
When everyone says the Banyan tree with it’s tresses open looks is a devils house
He gets down to fight the devil slapping his thighs
Ammori jaathralo onti thala ravanudu
Ammori jaathralo onti thala ravanudu
Guntalenta padithenu guddi gunda sesinadu
Guntalenta padithenu guddi gunda sesinadu
When the guy – who is like the one headed Ravan in Devi’s fair – is misbehaving with girls
He beat them with his fist and turned them into powder
Varadalo guntagaallu chikkukoni bikkumante
varadalo guntagaallu chikkukoni bikkumante
eedeedhukuntuboyi eedchukocchinaaduro
eedeedhukuntuboyi eedchukocchinaaduro
If the boys get caught in the floods and become afraid
He swims and drags/brings them to shore
Ponnuru vastadhu dhammunte rammante
Ponnuru vastadhu dhammunte rammante
Rommumedhokkatichi kummi kummi poyadu
Rommumedhokkatichi kummi kummi poyadu
This muscular strong man comes to Ponnur (your city) when you dare him to come
And beats your chest to pulp before he leaves (crushes your breast)
Padhi mandhi naagaleni padhimorla sorasepa
Padhi mandhi naagaleni padhimorla sorasepa
Odupuga ontisetho oddukottu kachinadu
Odupuga ontisetho oddukottu kachinadu
A 10 Moora (elbow length) long shark which cannot be handled by 10 men
He skillfully brings it ashore with one hand
Samusese kandathoti denikina gattipoti
Samusese kandathoti denikina gattipoti
Adugadugu yesinada adhirenu avathalodu
As her exercises everyday, he is muscular and can can compete with anything.
With every step the opposition is is threatened
Sittharala sirapadu, sittharala sirapadu
Utharala oorisivara sittharala sirapadu
Gandupilli soopulatho gundelona guchhadu
A amazing youngster who keeps attempting different things
He who lives in the northern edge of the village
With a gaze like a leopard, he pierced the villain’s heart
Sakanamma yenakabadda pokirola iragadanthe
Sakanamma yenakabadda pokirola iragadanthe
Sakanamma kallalo yela yela sukkaloche
Sakanamma kallalo yela yela sukkaloche
When he pulps up the the eve teasers chase the nice girl
The girl’s eyes are lit with the light from a 1000 stars