2 States (2014) – Music review

Reproducing this from Timeout Bombay’s archives which they couldn’t afford to keep going on the web. I can afford it so here it is 🙂

2 states is based on chetan bhagat’s masala novel of the same title. The music is done by Shankar ehsan loy and the songs are penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya.

Offo is surely the signature SEL move to get ‘koi kahe’ (from dil chahta hai) on college campus and it works very well due to the lyrics and that constant guitar riff. Aditi Singh Sharma does well and Amitabh Bhattacharya surprises us and sounds almost like Sonu nigam. DJs will have a field day with this song on the floor as the crowd will go ‘Offo’! Locha e ulfat has Benny dayal riding on his badtameez dil mood but cheeky lyrics are quite student friendly. The hook of the song kept on reminding us of the music from salam e ishq, the film. Benny is as always in top form and this one is as breezy as they come. How can you complete a music album these days without Arijit Singh right? In comes Arijit with Chinmayi in Mast magan. The song shouts ‘maula maula template’ right from the word go. You can almost instantly imagine slow motions and actors taking forever to turn to each other on screen with this song in the background. Nothing from this song will stay with you the moment it ends. Iski Uski starts with a naughty ‘a aah’ that reminded us of ‘aa taiyyar ho ja’ from Asoka. Anyway, the song features a ‘parade’ of talented singers like Akriti Kakar, Shahid Mallaya, Shankar Mahadevan, Siddhartha mahadevan, Amitabh Bhattacharya and Gaurav Gupta. Sticking with the film’s plot the song is anyway a punjabi song with absolutely no success. Chaandaniya has the ‘must feature in one song at least’ K. Mohan (who is singing punjabi, mind you!) along with Yashita Sharma. The problem with films based on ‘popular’ stories is that you almost know how it will all pan out. Hence, no matter how ‘serious’ a song tries to paint the picture of pathos or pain, you cannot hum along, unless it’s a superlative effort. This song, is not. Hulla re is again a gathering of good number of singers like Shankar Mahadevan, Siddhartha mahadevan, Rasika Shekhar, Amitabh Bhattacharya and Gaurav Gupta. The song is a (surprise surprise!) wedding song. Nothing is different about the song.

The film understandably is a comical take on north-south marriage and the album is dominated by punjabi songs. Not even one carnatic fused effort?

With S.E.L. taking a break in between, we came to the party expecting a phenomenal album. Sadly, the O.S.T. of 2 states is not even worth 2 stars.


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