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Music Review: Padmaavat

3.5

EXPECTATIONS

Less than a week before the release of Padmaavat, its music has finally been released. Though a couple of songs from the film had been unveiled quite some time back, the controversies and uncertainty around the release meant the entire soundtrack has seen a sudden arrival for itself. With Sanjay Leela Bhansali as the composer and A.M. Turaz as the lyricist, one expects a classical ‘hindustani’ music in the offering.

MUSIC

First to arrive is 'Ghoomar' which is already a chartbuster. While Swaroop Khan kick-starts the proceedings with an 'alaap' and the beginning portions (he also writes the Rajasthani lyrics), it is ever so reliable Shreya Ghoshal who makes the song her own in quick time. A high-on-rhythm number which has foot tapping beats ensuring that the song catches up on you in the very first listening, 'Ghoomar' is a beautiful number that is already finding favor at quite a few stage performances not just within the film industry but also the 'aam junta'.

Shivam Pathak is entrusted with the responsibility to sing 'Ek Dil Ek Jaan'. A romantic number that has Sanjay Leela Bhansali feel written all over it, it reminds one, of the kind of compositions that the filmmaker's Guzaarish had boasted of. Written quite well with mutual respect oozing out of the romantic mood that is created by the entire musical team, 'Ek Dil Ek Jaan' is a beautiful number that carries potential to enjoy a long shelf life once the film turns out to be successful.

The moment 'Khalibali' begins, you get an impression of an aggressive piece in the offing. Shivam Pathak returns in front of the mike, this time in a different avtar, what with the song carrying a distinct Middle East flavour to it. Shivam is joined by Shail Hada and together they convey the right impression of love and passion with a hint of violent encounter right down the corner. One waits to see how the song has been picturised as with Ranveer Singh holding centre-stage, it should indeed be special.

Lyricists Siddharth-Garima make an appearance in the album as well with a solitary number 'Nainowale Ne'. With a core 'hindustani' feel to it, this one is a romantic number where a young woman is happy remembering the impact that the love of her life had on her. Rendered quite well by Neeti Mohan, this one is a sweet sounding track which should also be aided by good picturisation, considering the fact that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is expected to bring magic on frames all over again.

Manganiyars & Langa's folk song 'Holi' comes next which begin with the sound of temple bells. Sung by Richa Sharma and Shail Hada, this one is pure Indian classical track and is strictly situational. One can't expect this one to be hummed around or seen online either on a repeat mode since it would be best suited for the narrative of the film.

One of the best tracks of Padmaavat ironically arrives right at the end as Arijit Singh spins his magic all over again with 'Binte Dil'. A melodious track set in a Middle East tune; one has to give it to Sanjay Leela Bhansali for creating such an enchanting number. This one has the kind of sound design that would be truly impressive when heard and experienced in a state of art multiplex. This is a potential chartbuster again.

OVERALL

Padmaavat boasts of a classy soundtrack and though the music release has been late in the day, the film's success should propel its popularity in quick time.

OUR PICK(S)

‘Ghoomar’, ‘Binte Dil’, ‘Ek Dil Ek Jaan’, ‘Khalibali’

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