Music: Abhijit Vaghani, D. Sameer & Sudeep Banerjee
Lyrics: Bhikhari Thakur, Manish Harishankar, Traditional & Rabindranath Tagore
Music Label: T-Series
The theme is very topical, so we expect substance, if not commercial cleverness.
This is another small film this month based in India's interiors wherein the subject needs more of a rural folk flavour.
Sharda Sinha, heard to good effect in the twin blockbusters Maine Pyar Kiya and Hum Aapke Hain Koun! ... and last in a Hindi film in Gangs Of Wasseypur 2, gets back to the film microphone with two tracks, the all-too-brief traditional 'Haldi Ke Rang' and the lament that is 'Kaun Si Nagariya'. Her voice is unchanged over 25 years and that shows her impeccable riyaaz and command over sur. She delivers the second number with a powerful 'throw' that matches the impact in the poetic lyrics (Bhikhari Thakur). Sudeep Banerjee's music is suitably poignant.
The song's other version, 'Mast Malang', begins in a contemporary mode but steps into almost-Baul territory with Sudeep's S.D. Burman-esque rendition.
Malini Awasthi's semi-classical-meets-folk 'Saiyyan Mile', again a traditional song in a rural Hindi dialect, is a delightful listen in these days of wannabe gaon ke gaane adorned with synthetic Western sounds.
This honesty in the orchestration, with the harmonium dominating, and the strongly evocative folk verse with satirical as well as naughty overtones, make it dominate over the other tracks in the score, not just the fact that it is the only 'happy mood' song on the soundtrack.
Malini's artistry, like Sharda Sinha's, is legendary in non-film circles, and she masterfully delivers a folk song that is well-composed by Abhijit Vaghani-D. Sameer.
The soundtrack ends with the Rabindranath Tagore choir song, scored again by Abhijit Vaghani-D. Sameer, 'Vidya Ki Parasmani'. The chorus is led by Vibha Dutta Khosla. A moving inspirational number, it rounds off an enriching experience well.
A small film aims musically high, with some exemplary elements from music and poetry. There is a lesson in this soundtrack somewhere for the crassly and commercially calculated brigade today.
The rating, however, has to follow the scope of the music's prospects in a mixed market with a powerful urban-rural split.
'Kaun Si Nagariya', 'Saiyyan Mile'