For Nil Battey Sannata, you expect music with a rural flavor to it. Newcomers Rohan & Vinayak are brought on board as composers by producer Aanand L. Rai, while Manoj Yadav, Nitesh Tiwari and Shreyas Jain are the lyricists for this Ashwiny Tiwari film.
It is a soft beginning for Nil Battey Sannata as Neuman Pinto's voice is heard for 'Murabba'. A poetic track by Manoj Yadav, this one is an easy-on-ears number which has been composed with a Western base to it. Though one had expected a rural set up, sound like this for 'Murabba' turns out to be a pleasant surprise. That said, the song is basically to enhance the film's narrative and not really turn into a chartbuster.
The rural flavour does come in through, 'Maths Mein Dabba Gul', a fun number that challenges those who came up with the subject of Maths, and in the process made life miserable for those who are forced to study it. This one has a catchy flavor, courtesy some fun lyrics by Nitesh Tiwari, good pacy music by Rohan & Vinayak, and of course singers Rohan Utpat & Aarti Shenai who are quite spirited in their rendition.
Lyricist Manoj Yadav returns with 'Maula' and this one, albeit sober in its feel and theme, is just about ordinary. One also wonders if Nandini Srikar was the right choice as a singer for this one as she doesn't quite elevate the ordinary tune to the kind of level that would make it catchy enough to be remembered.
It is the sound of guitar strings that make way for Mohan Kannan to croon 'Maa'. Written by Shreyas Jain (Sherry), this one too has some metaphorical lyrics to it which bring the song in the same zone as 'Murabbba'. Narrated from the point of view of the teenage girl who ends up realizing about the kind of sacrifices her mother had made to help her do well in life, this one appears a couple of times more. The second version has A. Hariharan as the singer while it is the 'Instrumental' version that wraps it up all. A decent composition, though yet again strictly for the film's situation.
It is pathos filled sound for 'Chanda Theme', another 'Instrumental' track, which stays on for a couple of minutes more. It is actually a sad ending for the soundtrack which makes one wonder if the reprise version of 'Maths Mein Dabba Gul' at this point would have been a better bet.
'Maths Mein Dabba Gul'