CityLights (2014) – Music review

Posting this from archives.

Music – Jeet Gannguli

Lyrics – Rashmi Singh

National award winner RajKummar Rao teams up yet again with director Hansal Mehta in Citylight, which is an Indian adaptation of British film “Metro Manila”.

Muskuraane ki wajah is sung by Arijit Singh and the ‘romantic’ version of the same has a nice hummable quality to it. Yet, it sounds labored and even though the lyrics are good, somehow the song fails to take off. The ‘unplugged’ version sounds better and more spaced out in comparison to the previous (romantic) version. Jeet Gannguli and Mohammed Irfan lend a better feel in comparison to Arijit and that’s quite a surprise. The piano play in the song is top class. Sonay do is melancholic and has an eerie feel to it, much to the credit of Arijit Singh’s singing and the overall music arrangement. The lyrics by Rashmi impress yet again. If there is a song in the album which will make you hit ‘repeat’, this is it. Ek Charaiyya is a song that thrives on insightful lyrics which portray the plight and struggles of migrants. Surprisingly, Arijit Singh sounds scratchy yet holds the song somehow. You do get a feel that such song could have been better sung by the likes of Piyush Mishra or perhaps someone else. The unplugged version of this song (sung by Jeet Gannguli) sounds much better. The overall impact of this version is perhaps what is missing in the other version by Arijit singh. Darbadar again stresses on the psyche of a typical migrant. Neeti Mohan is pleasant and easy on the ear. Somehow the song sounds cluttered in between and that could act as a deterrent to the listener. The Title song starts on a pacey note and Ustad Rashid Khan moderates the song while Usha Uthup adds the much expected mystic quotient. It’s an interesting effort because we haven’t heard Ustad sahab in this role earlier.

A sincere attempt by Jeet Gannguli that falls short on melody quotient yet is sure to compliment the overall feel of the film.

Our picks – Muskuraney ki wajah (Unplugged), Sonay do and Ek charaiyya (unplugged)

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