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Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya – Music review

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You can listen to my music review of Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya here – http://www.bbc.com/hindi/entertainment-39156009

Energetic, missing the mark often but with two solid filmi songs which are original, thankfully.

You can listen to the full album and find all artist credits here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTRsPv3r5b0

 

Inkaar – Music review

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A very ‘electric’ start to the song (titled Darmiyan), might trick you into believing this is one of those ‘wannabe bollywood rock’ sort of song but then Swanand kirkire intervenes melodiously and makes you smile. The tune is playful, the tone romantically secretive and the music arrangement – excellent! At times (especially when Swanand goes towards high pitch with ‘bolo na’), he seems out of sync but then the excellent ‘yaar dost’ waley male backup vocals save the song. A hum worthy song by all means.

Inkaar theme starts almost with a clandestine tone, slow guitar sounds eerie and the group singing with a Primadona, Monali thakur humming very slowly completes the effect. The best part I feel is that this track doesn’t try too hard to sound like any other movie theme. It’s a strong theme track and I loved it because of this very reason.

Kuch bhi ho sakta hai Suraj Jagan has sung so many songs like this one that it’s not very surprising (I remembered the title song of ‘hijack’ with this one though, for the mood it conveys and not the tune) to see him venturing out with heavy guitars and a headbanging tempo with this song.

Maula tu maalik hai – Easily one of the worst songs I have ever heard Swanand kirkire sing. Amateurish hook for the song, no connect between the words, embarrassing in the antra. This is the typical case wherein lyrics are ‘told’ to the lyricist (shouldn’t it be the other way round?) and the poor chap has to come up with something around them so that the song is composed. 3 thumbs down!

Zindagi ka karobarK. Mohan, after long (or did it seem long?) takes the microphone and echoes into the fact as to how we are the cause of our own misery and destruction. Faint electric guitar and harmless arrangement ensures Mohan is constantly on our ears. Signature alaaps and a general chaos builds up rather quick and the song ends in less than 3 minutes!

Shantanu Moitra and swanand kirkire have thankfully not surrendered to the typical cliche of including weird lyrics and horrible music pieces just so that the album sells. The arrangement oozes class but is low on melody.

An average album for a film whose plus point is certainly not music. Nothing much.

My pick – Darmiyaan, Inkaar theme and Zindagi ka karobar

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Wakda – Excellent Morchang starts the song with the mridangam joining in later and superb nadaswaram leading the way for Amit Trivedi (who is now joined by the keyboards as well, by the way). A song talking about the ‘inevitable’. The song has a leisurely pace occassionally lifted by nasaswaram and a lot of tabla and harmonium. A marriage song by all means. Will grow on repeated listening. There is a good amount of brass band towards the end also and it is just fabulous!

What to do – Starts with Sarod, goes on for a minute giving you an impression of a very soulful ‘serious’ song and then, Sneha Khanwalkar (Yey!!) goes behind the microphone and gets down and suggestive immediately! Amitabh bhattacharya with a very typical nasal (Not racist I hope, dear saviours of races?). In between Amit trivedi makes a lot of noise as well. This is NOT a song for kids. Nopes not. Amit trivedi has smartly crafted a very comic music arrangement around the song (and the lines from a very popular advertisement about a papad does help..hear it out!) Special mention of Amitabh bhattacharya (Wasn’t he one of the singers in ‘Emosanal atyachaar’ from Dev D?)….emoted well…a little too well.

Mahek BhiThe mandatory shreya ghosal song I thought (before the song started) when I was greeted by Shehnai, clarinet and a whistle. Yes, Shehnai that will melt your heart. Even though Shreya Ghosal has sung many a songs that sound like this one, the music arrangement lifts the song very well. Dreamy song. (Amit trivedi again in back up vocals, please note). At the risk of being repititive, in this song Shehnai is a clear winner. Beautifully done!

Aga bai – The first thing that hits you about this song is that it has quite a techno start! I wasn’t expecting this.The moment it all pauses for a second (or may be less than that), the song takes off and HOW!! Shalmali Kholgade and Monali Thakur  hug the song and inject energy that doesn’t die down.This is not one of those fake ‘sheila jawani’ or ‘Anarkali that goes to disco’ energy. This one, is for keeps! The mind again wanders towards the excellent music arrangement by Amit Trivedi (Some of it very 1980s Disco types!). If this song is filmed well, this has all the potential to set the screen on fire! Espeeesal marks to Shalmali for some excellent pronunciation in between (For example – Nayna instead of Naina!)

Sava dollar – A lavani, says the song title. It starts in the same manner anyway. Sunidhi chauhan emotes Bachchan and Rekha…emotes thanda and so on and so forth! Aided with very good set of backup vocals, the reference is towards making it big in ‘Philmi’ duniya. While I didn’t like the song as much as the other songs of the album, I have to admit that the fun Sunidhi chauhan has had singing this is contagious and the tongue in cheek lyrics will have you smiling without a doubt. Sunidhi chauhan can we please have you singing more for us? Please?

Dreamum Wakeupum – 1980s Disco with good brass band ‘wakes’ us up when the song starts. Very in your face and very suggestive. Much has been talked about this song already. The song, like the other fun songs of the film is very unapologetic. Soumya rao has kicked it and kicked it well! A song that will make splashes, big time (Yes, stating the obvious!). The arrangement is such so as to make the vocals very loud, still it doesn’t sound shrill. That’s the genius of Amit Trivedi and this can be said about the sound of the entire album as well.

The dear ‘Bollywood’ has a typical cliche attached to everything. While a ‘Veronica’ and ‘Riana Braganza’ are shown to have premarital sex at will, there have been so many cases when a typical ‘Aiyyo’ has been associated with our friends down south. The soundtrack (and the film, I reckon) takes a delicious potshot at this cliche and turns it by its head. An unapologetically fun soundtrack that is screaming out everything about the film.

A soundtrack that will set your playlist on fire and the one that displays Amit Trivedi and his magnificent range.

Highly recommended!

4.00/5.00

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