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Monday, February 20, 2012

Kahaani Music Review

Rating: ★ ★  1/2
Vidya Balan AKA Vidya Bagchi
Sujoy Ghosh: Story Writer, Screenplay, Producer and Director for "Kahaani" where Vidya Balan (read 'Bidda Balan') portrays another challenging unconventional role of pregnant women in search of her husband. As a Writer and Director, Sujoy has three movies to his name : Jhankaar Beats(2003), Home Delivery (2005), Aladin (2009), all three had some good tunes by Vishal-Shekhar (V-S) but neither of these three tasted success at the box office and vanished without creating any fuss. This time with a dramatical thriller, hopes are again being lined up and as far as the soundtrack by V-S is considered, situational and some quality stuff is expected. Well, read on to know if the expectations have been met?

Some Jazz, some Hard Rock and some Retro, that makes up for a riotous start with "Aami Shotti Bolchi" where veteran Usha Uthup leads the vocals. It's a take on the city of Kolkata (with Vishal Dadlani as lyricist), without a sheer doubt, it would gel well along the narration of the movie and will do wonders as a background score and the theme of the movie. Shekhar Ravjiani continues his 'Raftaarein' (Ra.One) and surprises everyone with vociferous lines like 'Kolkata-You are sexy!’ Vishwesh Krishnamurthy provides the backing vocals/chorus and the three minutes keeps the listeners hooked.

Javed Bashir starts off in Ustaad Rashid Khan Style with alaap and sargams for "Piya Tu Kahe Rootha Re" and soon some fascinating electric guitar takes over alongside continuous manjeera sounds-a perfect fusion of Classical and Western instruments with the lyrics by Sandeep Shrivastava being eminent. V-S carries on from where they left in Ra.One's 'Bhare Naina' and the result is an impressive composition which would be surely applauded by people who knows what good and quality music is. An artistic Jugalbandi is what one gets to hear from 4.10 onwards- 'Intoxicating'!

V-S enters their trademark forte with the title track "Kahaani" that brings on the much required versatility to the soundtrack. A peaceful melodious situational composition with K.K at the very helm of affairs and Vishal Dadlani providing that extra zing with his supporting vocals as well as deep thought-provoking lyrics that beautifully defines the city of Kolkata and may be very well be used at various junctures in the movie. The flute renditions in the second interlude are first class and touch the soul. 

One wonders, that being a movie which is Women oriented, a feminine track is what it demands and V-S brings on Shreya Ghoshal for "Kahaani-Female", which is a 'WoW' composition and quite honestly is better than the K.K's version, be it the Live Acoustic Guitar by Gaurav Gupta or some neat and refined singing by Shreya, everything is simply terrific and makes one hit the 'Repeat On' mode instantly. Must Hear!

Sukhwinder Singh and V-S have a 'Hit' track record and it carries on with much ease in "Tore Bina" which is undoubtedly the Best of the lot. It starts with beautiful folk arrangements and as one prepares to hear a pure traditional song Indian at heart, suddenly some heavy electric guitar strums take over and leaves one spellbound. V-S brings on their regular and trusted artist Anvita Dutt Guptan for the lyrics and she is just terrific with the pen and does full justice to this theme-based-background track. Sukhwinder Singh hardly disappoints with his singing anyhow and this time also he strikes gold with his superlative high pitched notes, can't even imagine this composition in any other voice. One word-'Terrific'!

Last to arrive is "Ekla Cholo Re", a reprise version of Rabindranath Tagore's Bengali composition. Rendered by Amitabh Bachchan, it is surely the highlight of the album and apart from Tagore's poetry crooned by the Shehanshah (especially the second antara); the English vocals by Clinton Cerejo are worth noticing and give a Western touch to this epic composition. It would certainly be very interesting watch on screen!

Vishal-Shekhar, fresh from the huge commercial success of 'Chammak Challo' and 'O la la', completely breaks the shackles and goes totally unconventional for 'Kahaani'. The tunes wouldn't make one tap their feet, neither are sorts which the listeners would hum around (except for the title track 'Kahaani') but certainly are instilled with quality and does full justice to the theme of the movie. Of course, a soundtrack like this will be regarded as 'Boring' by the listeners who are in search of some commercial and masala numbers but in the context of the film, it should fit in pretty well and will grow insanely after the movie hits the silver screen. 
V-S: You Are Beauty!
I rate it 3.5 out of 5
Edited Version @ Planet-Bollywood

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