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Month: June, 2012

Cocktail (Pritam)

Those who watch TV may, by now, have realised the sheer inescapability of Tumhi Ho Bandhu. Its a little sad that music channels bombarded it so much because by the time I had my hands on the soundtrack I was already full of it; so much so that I had to skip it while I traversed across the OST. Nevertheless it is a wonderful song; Kavita Seth is a fabulous pick; interestingly, I can’t think of anyone who could have suited the song better (Shilpa Rao maybe?). Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are as soulful as they can get in a pop-dance track framework (Jab yaar kare parwa meri….Main hoon hi nahi iss duniya ki). Daaru Desi is infectious and has some nifty guitar work and sprightly singing (by Shalmali and Benny) going for it.

Luttna (Saif Ul Malook) seems straight out of Mausam territory, but, apart from this ostensible incongruity in tone, the edgy techno mash up makes it interesting. The one by Bunty Rajput plays it straight. Tera Naam Japdi Phiran (based on a traditional melody?) is catchy but forgettable. Second Hand Jawani is a competent item song but, again, fades quickly. The soundtrack also throws in Arif Lohar’s Jugni for good measure.

The song of the soundtrack, for me, is Mohan’s Yaariyan. This is one terrific song; admirably Coldplay’ish be it the mesmerising guitar work or the anthemic, hopeful choruses. It helps that Irshad Kamil is also in inspired form (The Marz bhi hai deti part is masterful). The Reprise is a complete study in contrast; the song is shorn of its punchy percussion and is driven by simple, intuitive piano notes and has Sunidhi alternating between the understated and the operatic. It is less appealing on the whole but is still a close second.

Lets be clear, Cocktail is no Love Aaj Kal. There is a lot to like here and Pritam’s overall sound design is superb but there are at least two tunes which don’t work. In the end, Cocktail is essentially three brilliant songs and a lot of likeable bits and pieces. Good enough.

Julayi (Devi Sri Prasad)

For a Trivikram movie, Julayi has a shockingly shoddy score. Also I was hoping this synergy would produce a more than passable soundtrack considering their last collaboration resulted in Jalsa, arguably Devi Sri’s last great score. There is absolutely no redemptive quality in this soundtrack except for the breezy harmonium bits in O Madhu; another mediocre DSP tune that even Adnan Sami can’t salvage. There is some promise in the title track too but Devi Sri’s same old hackneyed orchestration grates. The others are too bad to even comment about.

A well made DSP track can be wonderful but the average one – there are too many of them it seems – is characterised by humdrum, repetitive orchestration and exasperatingly bad singing. It doesn’t help that they are unnecessarily loud; even the supposed melodies. Such a disappointment this one.     

Andala Rakshasi (Radhan)

Andala Rakshasi has a refreshingly good soundtrack more so because it follows the ear numbing mass numbers of Rachcha, Dammu and Gabbar Singh. I liked Yemito and Ye Mantramo the most. The former is a dulcet melody that begins with a small dialogue reminiscent of Geetanjali. Everything is likeable about this song be it the start-stop, swinging rhythm or Haricharan’s superb singing. The writing is excellent. Ye Mantramo is terrific and has a riveting anthemic feel to it. Too bad it doesn’t last long. Radhan makes Manasa Marchipo unbearably downbeat. It is evocative nevertheless because of the whispery recitation style of singing set to minimal orchestration. Something similar happens in Manasu Palike although Radhan gives the tune more flesh and imbues it with melody. Ne Ninnu Chera and Vennante are playful, enjoyable numbers that will no doubt gain from good picturisation. The former especially takes time to get used to because of its lovely off kilter tune and Veena Ghantasala’s dreamy, girly rendition.

Radhan is a talent to watch out for. Andamaina soundtrack.