Happy Birthday to our Musical Cinema – 100 Years!!!


When a Cinema lover like me, watches a trailer of a film based on the tribute to cinema for completing 100 years, definitely he/she would be excitedly waiting for it. When you saw that it’s directed by four well-known brilliant filmmakers, the excitement level gets higher. Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, Anurag Kashyap, don’t know who was the first one to fetch with this idea, but it’s brilliant to make a film on it having four different stories by four different directors. Amit Trivedi, one of the most popular composers these days, is charged with the soundtrack of the film. Does he really successful in charging up the listeners? Let’s see!

Music: Amit Trivedi;  Music Label: T Series

1. Bachchan – Singer: Sukhwinder Singh;  Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya

The song is special and a must listen because it’s a tribute to Mr. Bachchan for his splendid contribution to our Film Industry. The lyrics, as expected is quirky and nice. Amitabh writing for another Amitabh is really a wonderful ride for the listeners. He rhymed Bachpan, with Bachchan and the interest is drawn there and then. Nagada is used professionally with great beats and Sukhwinder’s voice merges with the lyrics so well. The line “Give it up for Bachchan” would really groove you. The interludes are filled with some of the most famous dialogues of Big B along with a modern sitar sound. After listening to it, we can only say “Give it up for Amit-Amitabh Jodi” .

2. Akkad Bakkad – Singer: Mohit Chauhan;  Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire

As Swanand Kirkire enters, the lyrics turn more literary and poetic. Very beautifully written by him, this song is a must listen for every cinema lover. Starting with Shehnai, this song would introduce you to most of the instruments. You would juts love the way the voice of Mohit Chauhan travels with Sitar, Guitar, Djembe, Nagada and Keyboard. An unconventional melody which describes the beauty of cinema as well as the madness and craziness for cinema. It also tells us that Cinema has turned hundred in the line “Sau sau baras ka hua, ye khiladi na boodha hua“. One instrument which has now become Amit’s favorite is Esraj perfectly used for this song. It was used in Maanjha (Kai Po Che!) and Dhak dhuk (English Vinglish) too. It is our “WELCOME” song.

3. Murabba/Murabba-1 – Singers: Amit Trivedi, Kavita Seth / Javed Bashir;  Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya

A tyical Amit Trivedi composition. You won’t believe? Then listen to the line “Le Chakhle, Yeh Murabba”. Now you get it, right! Kavita Seth is superb with her vocals. Esraj is again used efficiently and also a good use of Mouth Organ. Amitabh’s lyrics gets standing ovation for this creation! The Antara is more soothing and enjoyable. You would feel like clapping when after the antara Kavita sings the hook line and Amit fills the violin part through his vocals. There, the song is incredible!

Another version which is sung Javed Bashir, is not up to the mark as it has less instruments and weird arrangements. This song is made for duet and not for the solo, I guess. the version is too good, don’t try to attempt the other one!

4. Bombay Talkies / Bombay Talkies-1 – Singers: Kailash Kher, Richa Sharma / Various Singers;  Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire

Again greatly supported by Nagada, this song sounds as if it would be at the end titles in the movie. The title track is enjoyable though a one-time listen only. As it has no elements that would bound you with the song. The former version is a a good description of actually what Bombay Talkies is, the latter one though sounds like a promo of the former as it is of very less duration and ends as soon as you would prepare yourself to focus on the track. Arrangements are decent, Lyrics are nice but composition fails to impress here. The notes and the tunes are not as good as it could have been. Anyway, the lyrics are important here as the song is based on the tribute to the cinema.

Bombay Talkies is an album which deals with the love and craziness for cinema. The lyricists Swanand and Amitabh both are awesome. Amit Trivedi has managed the instruments well. The tunes were unconventional though arrangements were quite typical indian style. Akkad Bakkad and Murabba are worth listen and would make you play in loops. The songs were written beautifully but album lacks catchy-ness and listener friendly tunes.

The Final Verdict: OKAY

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