Thursday, January 22, 2015

Roy Music Review

“Imbalanced but likeable” 

Music: Amaal Malik/ Ankit Tiwari
Lyrics: Kumaar/ Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay/ Sandeep Nath
Ratings: * * 1/2

1. Sooraj Dooba Hain Yaaro
Sooraj Dooba Hain Yaaro is instantly likeable from its first listen. So likeable that it will have a long run at the discotheques and pubs. The energy never drops; in fact, a subtle and short pace-altering techno bit in the later part boosts it. It never becomes noisy even though with all the electronic sounds which makes it an easy listen on earphones too. A very Amit Trivedi-ish a cappella like chorus bit is a lovely touch.

This song has one more version which thankfully is not a remix/reprise/unplugged or whatnot (which would have killed the composition) that goes by the title “Sooraj Dooba Hain” in which only Arijit’s and Aditi Singh Sharma’s parts is interchanged. But Sharma on the main hook couldn’t provide enough zest as does Singh.

2. Tu Hain Ki Nahi
I have nothing new to say about this Ankit Tiwari song just like he has nothing new to offer. If not for that whistle, this would have been a hugely forgettable song.

The unplugged version saves us from the electronic bits but how could you expect Tulsi Kumar to better this already insipid composition!

3. Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan
The Baby Doll team is back! However, unlike Baby Doll, this one is not an out-and-out dance number; the interlude is romantic and is refreshingly beautiful for an item number. But like Baby Doll, Meet Bros Anjjan derives Punjabi folk (Baby Doll was a Jugni) and blend it with modern sounds that never overpowers Kanika Kapoor’s stunning vocals, keeping the folk essence intact. It is only the rap part in this that is a bit jarring.

4. Boond Boond
Ankit Tiwari gets one more song which is in the same zone but is little better for its arrangement: strings and sarangi. But Tiwari’s singing is a letdown; Arijit should have taken over this one. 

5. Yaara Re
Yaara Re has beautiful start: sarangi, violins, opera kind of female vocal. But the tune doesn’t take much of a detour from Ankit Tiwari’s regular stuff. To save us from another plight, this one is rendered by K.K. who is at much ease here. It’s the guitars in this one that do the magic.

Though not a well-balanced soundtrack, Roy will be remembered for the song most loved by the dance floor this year.

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