Mani Sharma at the start of this decade couldn't delivery big hits even though he had two films with Pawan Kalyan and Devi Sri Prasad, SS Thaman took over the popular cinema.
Mani Sharma himself took a break from actively pursuing big projects and observed the scene on sidelines by giving music to small films.
If people cannot afford Devi Sri Prasad or SS Thaman, they went to Mani Sharma. The music composer came back with Nani's Gentleman but his next films did not work as much.
Devdas music and now Ismart Shankar's grand success has helped Mani Sharma to show that he can still give quality music and better BGM to films. In fact , Ismart Shankar success credit has been given to the composer more than others.
If Jr.NTR or Prabhas or Megastar Chiranjeevi give their next films to Mani Sharma as SS Thaman, Devi Sri Prasad have become too routine and weak in delivering blockbuster albums, then Mani Sharma might again become a tough competition to both of them.
SS Thaman has BGM advantage and DSP very rarely gives best BGM. But Mani can give perfect audio and elevate scenes with BGM too. What if young directors who get big chances next prefer to go experience of Mani over DSP or Thaman?
Well, both of them have been overlooked for Sye Raa, Saaho. They have #AA19 and Sarileru Neekevvaru only to prove. Can they deliver under pressure??