After years of hard work and patience, director Ashok Kaul's experimental flick 'Bhagmati - The Queen Of Fortunes' is finally ready for release. A first of its kind in India, the movie is shot in live cum animation mode and is a mythological fantasy tale about a queen called Bhagmati. Starring Tabu and Milind Soman [earlier seen together in 'Tarkeib'], the movie also stars Hema Malini in a special appearance. With Vishal Bhardwaj and Ravindra Jain on the credits, one expects a classy musical score.
Written by Nida Fazli, 'Jiya Jaye Amma' has Tabu dancing to the tune of Vishal Bhardwaj in the same manner as she did last in 'Mujhe Rang De' from 'Thakshak'. A song completely based on Indian music with a slight classical touch, there isn't any remote influence from the West. The track is primarily sung by Asha Bhonsle ji with some inputs from Roop Kumar Rathod. This rhythmic track is just about fine and doesn't come across as a track that would take the nation by storm. One just moves on the next track with anticipation of something more worthwhile.
'Ishq Abhi Tak Zinda Hai' is the next track to follow that again has Nida Fazli and Vishal Bhardwaj as the men behind the track. Sung by Vinod Sehgal and Fareed Sabri Jaipuri, it is a slow 'qawalli' carrying the theme of 'long live the feeling of love'. There is not much to look forward to from this situational track that is predictable and just manages to drag along without making any mark whatsoever.
After Nida Fazli, its lyricist Jaideep's turn to write for the track 'Suraj Ki Aag Mein' that begins with some very good rendition by Roop Kumar Rathod and Sujata. A soothing romantic track based on lilting melody, poetic lyrics and some very ear friendly singing by both the lead singers. 'Suraj Ki Aag' may not be hummable due to its lyrics and an offbeat tune, but makes for a quiet and decent hearing.
Ravindra Jain arrives on the scene with two of his compositions at this stage. 'Falsafi O Falsafi' is literally a one man show with Ravindra Jain singing, writing and composing the track. A situational track that may fit in well with the setting of the movie, it also has a female voice rendering her vocals but surprisingly not credited. This track too doesn't leave much of an impact and by this time one is sure that the music of 'Bhagmati' too may join in the category of 'also-rans'! 'Alvida' is a short track in the vocals of Suresh Wadkar and the results are again the same. The song has a 60s feel and would find hard to get an audience for itself.
Rekha Bhardwaj gets to sing a solo 'Meri Jaan' that begins with heavy drumbeats only to turn into a semi-classical track soon. Written by Dr. Bashir Badr with music by Vishal Bhardwaj, it may appeal to a select few people looking for something different from contemporary. The track is a little better than some of the earlier ones but still not reason good enough to make a beeline for the album.
The first ever track in the album where Vishal Bhardwaj shows his vintage touch is in romantic 'Kaise Kahan Kab' that is penned by Abbas Tyrewala. Sung by Bhardwaj's favorite Suresh Wadkar, it?s a lilting melody of the kind that was once heard in Bhardwaj's little known movie 'Betaabi'. Though the number comes too late in the day, it gives the listener something to cheer about.
'Prem Diwani' brings the album back to square one due to its situational and classic touch. Even Ashaji's presence in this 'high on chorus' track doesn't do much to make this track written by Ashok Kaul sound exciting.
To sum it up, the music album of 'Bhagmati - The Queen Of Fortunes' doesn't have much ingredients in it to make it disappear at a rapid pace from the music stands. The music has been set in a different era but still the final result is anything but exciting.
One would rather wait for some other musical score by Vishal Bhardwaj!