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Music review of Wazir by Joginder Tuteja

2.5

EXPECTATIONS


One isn't really sure what to expect from the music of Wazir. Since this is primarily a dramatic thriller, one waits to hear what the ensemble of composers, lyricists and singers bring on board for Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Co. here.


MUSIC


It is a beautiful start for Wazir though with the Parineeta team of composer Shantanu Moitra and singers Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal pair up for 'Piyu Bole' redux in the form of 'Tere Bin'. In fact, Vidhu Vinod Chopra brings himself on board as the lyricist for this soulful track that is quite easy on ears. Though the sound is quite classical for a film which is set in the current times, one can well expect that it would fit in well into the narrative. One clear observation though is that the song is closer to Vidhu Vinod Chopra's mind-set than the kind which director Bejoy Nambiar experimented with in Shaitaan and David.


Ankit Tiwari steps in as a composer and singer for 'Tu Mere Paas' which is written by Manoj Muntashir. A romantic melody that has the kind of theme and design to it which could well have fitted into Aashiqui 2, this is yet another soulful piece and actually makes you play it on in a repeat mode without any regrets. Almost an unplugged version with hardly any instruments in the background, it also reminds one of 'Safarnama' that was composed by A.R. Rahman for Tamasha. As a matter of fact, this one has Imtiaz Ali style written all over it.


Composer Shantanu Moitra gets another song to his name by putting together 'Maula' which has his lyricist partner Swanand Kirkire pair up with Vidhu Vinod Chopra. A sufi track which has an extended 'alaap' to it that leads to a rather rhythmic outing with Javed Ali leading the charge, 'Maula' too is easy on ears and gets into the groove once 'tabla' takes over the proceedings. Though strictly situational, this one should add on well to the film's narrative.


Next to arrive is a haunting track 'Tere Liye Mere Kareem' which can well be expected to arrive at a crucial juncture of the film when a major dramatic sequence ensues. Prashant Pillai steps in as a composer and also partners with singer Gagan Baderiya for this track which has a thumping appeal to it. Written by Turaz, this one is strictly situational with western arrangements adding on to the effect.


It is the voice of Amitabh Bachchan which haunts right at the beginning of 'Khel Khel Mein' which is a fusion Western-Indian classical music put together by composer Advaita. Though there are very lines (written by Abhijeet Deshpande) that one hears from Big B (who is basically narrating, not quite singing this one here), it intrigues one enough to wonder what truly is in store for the audience once they watch Wazir.


The album concludes with Gaurav Godkhindi composed 'Wazir Theme' which is actually quite exciting and goes totally well with the genre, mode and spirit of the film. With a dramatic appeal to it, one can be rest assured that it would not just appear during the opening credit rolls but also at certain important points in the film's narrative.


OVERALL


Wazir has a fair mix of songs that are situational and also that could find popularity over a period of time. Though one isn't quite hunting for any solid chartbusters here, the music does work well in the context of the film.


OUR PICK(S)


'Wazir Theme', 'Tere Bin', 'Tu Mere Paas'

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