Four Magical Soundtracks of 2016 (Jugni-Fitoor-Mirzya-Dangal)

The year 2016 in music will although be remembered by one and only Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, some of the best soundtracks this year will sadly be not getting the recognition they deserved, particularly because they were not as massy as Ae Dil Hai Mushkil or Befikre. There have been some excellent albums in Hindi films this year which include Udta Punjab, Dear Zindagi, M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story, Baar Baar Dekho, Sultan, Rustom and many others.

 I have been so inconsistent this year. Actually I have been so consistent in not delivering my reviews. So, I thought of having atonement for my sin by writing about these four soundtracks of this year which according to me, were experimental, content-oriented, melodious and far beyond the formulaic music which most of albums in Hindi Film Music do have. These four gems, which I am going to talk about, were outstanding in every sense. Their compositions, their lyrics, and their arrangements, and their non-formulaic approach made them stand separate from others. The albums are Jugni, Fitoor, Mirzya and Dangal (in the order of release).

1. Jugni by Clinton Cerejo

The folksy Punjabi flavor that the album has is just an appealing element but the way Clinton has handled this album is way beyond our imagination. From Dilaan De Saudey to Bolladiyaan to Dugg Duggi Dugg, all the ten songs were superbly creative ranging from traditional Bhangra to Semi-Classical. AR Rahman and Vishal Bhardwaj also contributed their vocals for this highly underrated gem – Jugni.

2. Fitoor by Amit Trivedi

An album by Amit Trivedi for Abhishek Kapoor’s adaptation of Great Expectations, set in Kashmir, Fitoor is basically a love story. Amit and Swanand Kirkire must have kept in mind the basic essence of the movie and that is so well reflecting in the music. Pashmina and Hone Do Batiyaan being my personal favorite, the album had some terrific work in Huminastu, Ranga Re, Tere Liye and the title track.

3. Mirzya by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

Mirzya, I am sure, if not today, will be counted among the classics in future. It was such a brilliant work by SEL that arguably it was their career best. The instrumentation, the arrangements, the compositions and the experimentation were flawless. Unfortunately music bombed along with the film and it couldn’t even reach to those who would have given it a certain recognition. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy repented all of their poor performances in the past, if any, with this stunning album.

4. Dangal by Pritam

Pritam is on a roll! Soon after Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, he came up with Dangal. While the former is something he is a master of, the latter is what actually the composer needs to challenge himself and keep growing. Dangal as an album was highly challenging. A song on a situation of Haanikaarak Bapu is really tough to make. Pritam and Amitabh showed that they deserve nothing less than awards. All the songs were melodious and catchy as well as experimental.

These four albums in 2016 were worth listening, replaying, and worth including in your playlist. The year, otherwise filled with average soundtracks, we can only hope for better in 2017!


Timeless!! (Mirzya – Music Review)

Rakeysh Mehra after a successful collaboration with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, teams up again with the trio on a classic Punjabi romantic tale of Mirza Sahiban, and this time with Gulzar.

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Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy;  Lyrics: Gulzar;  Music Label: T-Series

1. Mirzya – Singers: Daler Mehndi, Sain Zahoor, Akhtar Chinnal, Nooran Sisters – With the title track, the album promises hugely by presenting its varied range from instruments to arrangements and ultimately the chorus, which is the best element in the album. Daler Mehndi predominantly leads with his unbelievably high range of vocals. Percussion adds a remarkable charm to the song. Grandeur.

2. Teen Gawah Hain Ishq Ke – Singers: Siddharth Mahadevan, Sain Zahoor – A breezy romantic track that is away from all the cliched structures or melodies. Sain and Siddharth build a great experience along with the chorus which at times give you goosebumps. The track is mostly on acoustic but the arrangements give it a much grander feel. Gulzar’s lyrics impress you the most. Particularly, the line Teen Gawah Hain Ishq Ke, Ek Rab Hai, Ek Tu Aur Main. 

3. Chakora – Singers: Mame Khan, Shuchismita Das, Akhtar Chinnal – A traditional folksy track that has a tinge of EDM as percussion. Mame Khan, who has been heard in Coke Studio before, responsibly handles what he is best at, although he sounds very familiar to Shankar Mahadevan. Supported by Suchismita and Akhtar, both were last heard with Pritam in different songs, deliver terrific performances. 

4. Aave Re Hitchki – Singers: Mame Khan,Shankar Mahadevan – The rhythmic texture which the song has, is a delight for everyone. Shankar and Mame Khan have pulled the song so flawlessly that it is evident in the song very well. Lyrics metaphorically say a lot which would eventually be more impactful once the film comes. Go for the rhythm!

5. Hota Hai – Singers: Nooran Sisters, Sain Zahoor, Akhtar Chinnal, Daler Mehndi – It’s always a pleasure to hear Nooran Sisters carrying the song with their harmonic energy. I am sure the EDM touch in the beats must have some meaning but I wish if the beats were represented by some instrument with Rajasthani arrangements. The best element in the song is tun-tun-a which the sisters really nailed!

6. Ek Nadi Thi – Singers: Nooran Sisters, K. Mohan – First of all, the melody. The melody is what drives this song, as the arrangements are simply done on Guitars with Claps as rhythm. The melody is so lovable that it keeps you engaged completely. Mohan Kanan’s vocals play a vital role. The melody in his voice sounds even more effective. Plus, Nooran Sisters help in sounding the song not-so-filmy.

7. Doli Re Doli – Singers: Shankar Mahadevan, Mame Khan – What I like about this song in particular is its subtle arrangements having Piano and Trumpet along with soft sounding percussion, all this on a melody that is really praiseworthy. The song is a peaceful melancholy, having Shankar Mahadevan’s voice creating the deserved impact along with Mame Khan who aptly supports.

8. Kaaga – Singer: Kaushiki Chakraborty – A song that creates impact on that very short duration it has. Kaushiki on mic impresses, taking amazing harkats in between. Arrangements are again, something that is worth hearing. 

9. Mirzya Theme (Broken Arrows) – Instrumental – A lovely piece which Sarangi in the first half and Flute in the second half predominate.

Mirzya is Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Gulzar at their best. 

The Final Verdict:  AGREE