Director: Vishal-Shekhar

Director: Vishal-Shekhar
Release Date: 2012-02-24 08:00:00
Quick Take: Vishal-Shekhar are back again with a bang!

Usha Uthup has become a modern classic. Aami shotti bolchi is her homage to her adoptive city Kolkata. Her big boom voice paints a word portrait of the London of the East. Composers Vishal-Shekhar have pumped up the jam in this vastly experimental track. Everything they love, be it the RD Burman brand of music, jazz, blues, rock and folk is splattered across this pulsating number.


Who knew Vishal and Shekhar could do classical too? Well, they have and how. Piya tu kaahe rootha re sung by Javed Bashir brings home the point. Sandeep Shrivastava’s pathos filled lyrics combined with some Indo-Western arrangement makes this a special piece. The song is produced by Mickey McCleary of Khoya khoya chand fame from Shaitan.


The poignant mood continues with Kahaani crooned by KK. Here, the emphasis is on melody and the song is about the protagonist’s journey. The rhythm arrangement is different in the Shreya Ghoshal version. The guitar work by Gaurav Gupta is superb and makes you yearn for a repeat button. It says a lot for Vishal-Shekhar’s versatility that they have kept different arrangements for both versions.


Sukhwinder Singh isn’t someone you associate with heartrending songs about love and loss. He has shown that he doesn’t need the bhangra beat to make it big. It’s another hatke song from the composers who are really on a roll in the album. Kudos to Anvita Dutt Guptan for writing the meaningful lyrics.


Last to arrive on the scene is Mr Amitabh Bachchan, whose rendition of Tagore’s Ekla chalo re is a listener’s delight. It’s a modern take on the traditional version and Bachchan’s baritone does full justice to the anthem. Clinton Cerejo, who has produced the song, too makes his mark singing the English version.


All-in-all, Vishal-Shekhar are back to what they are best at – giving raw, experimental cutting edge music. Make some more such noise boys and stop judging TV shows as that’s seriously curbing your creativity.



Devesh Sharma




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