Lootera (2013) – Music review

From the archives which got deleted since Timeout Bombay couldn’t afford to keep their content on web.

Vikramaditya Motwane, after a superb outing with Udaan is back with his new film Lootera.The music of Lootera is composed by Amit Trivedi and songs are penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya. The album, for most part oozes with minimalist arrangement and brilliant execution

The album starts with ‘Sawar loon’ with Monali Thakur bringing in the old world charm in her voice, aided by a very ‘vintage’ percussion arrangement. Like the entire album, the instruments are carefully chosen to please the senses. Be it the ‘twinkle’ or the faint ‘tak tak dhoom’ by Amit trivedi himself. A song easy on the senses and high on melody quotient. The excellent use of rabaab and flute will surprise the listener, pleasantly. We all know that Amitabh Bhattacharya is a man with varied talent set and he excels in all of them. With the next song ‘Ankahee’ we hear him singing and boy does he sing well! A song that is largely narrative in nature and has a very ‘Udaan’ feel to it. Amitabh teams up with Mohan kannan for ‘Shikayatein’. The singing of Mohan kannan is largely similar to his recent work but what redeems the song is the excellent violin structure in the song and Amitabh’s vocals. A song that we would remember more for the violins than anything else. Guitars and Rabaab team up with the delightful voice of Swanand kirkire in ‘Monta re’. Like a typical baul, we come across traces of ‘ektara’ as well. Amitabh bhattacharya’s appetizing vocals in the background add a lot of character to the song. (Watch out for the the constant ‘chik chik chik’ sound throughout the song). This is why our folk is easily the richest repository of music in the world! Next up is ‘Zinda’ sung by Amit trivedi himself. This is no light and breeze Amit trivedi as we have come to know him. A song that has seriousness written all over it, quite literally with the music setting depicting anger in every note. The feeling of ‘I have experienced such music from Amit trivedi’ lingers on though. Shilpa Rao, Amit Trivedi and Amitabh Bhattacharya lend their voices to ‘Manmarziyan’, the most innovatively treated song of the album. Santoor and heavy bass in equal measure with an almost continuous guitar and blurred violins oblige the listener with a free flowing tune that is stitched around one word. The anklets towards the end adds just the right amount of playfulness to the song.

A carefully, slightly self aware,  quiet album that focuses on melody and nothing else. Right from the first promo of the film, a minimalistic old world charm is being popularised (rather loudly at times!), and the album lives up to the hype in spite of sounding way too familiar at times.

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