Ab tak dheeraj maanga tha,
Prabhu ab dheeraj mat dena,
Sehte jayein sehte jayein,
aisa bal bhi mat dena..
Every time the name Prakash Jha comes in limelight there has to be a movie to wait for. Satyagraha, the upcoming movie by him with a power pact star cast – Ajay Devgan, Kareena Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Arjun Rampal, Manoj Bajpai and Amrita Rao has already made everybody’s head turn. With Salim-Sulaiman, Aadesh Shrivastava and Indian Ocean on board for the Music Direction this is supposed to be a hit- both on Audio and Video level. But the question is, have they succeeded? Has the music album met our expectations?? Yes and No.
With ‘Satyagraha’ opening the music album composed by Salim-Sulaiman, this ‘Aaj Ka’ (Contemporary) version of Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram in co-ordination with emphatic brilliance by Prasoon Joshi on Lyrics has won hearts already. In voice of Rajiv, Shivam Pathak and Shweta Pandit its reaching out to people like a virus. At a time when all of us are dealing with the dilemma in our hearts, when the power of a common man is in position of a question mark everyday, this number is definitely going to drive emotions out.
What follows are the two very romantic numbers ‘Aiyo Ji’ and ‘Raske Bhare Tore Naina’ which will remind you of the beautiful composition of Rajneeti – ‘Mora Piya’. With western instruments in background the song still feels so Indian in voice of Shraddha Pandit and Salim Merchant (Aiyo Ji) that the connection is unbreakable.
Raske Bhare Tore Naina in voice of Shafqat Amanat Ali and Arpita with classical and western music combined is my personal second favorite in the album after ‘Satyagraha’. Its engrossing and classical. It is the ‘sit back relax’ song from the album. The magic in the voices is hard not to fall in love with.
The problem bounces in with ‘Janta Rocks’ and ‘Hum Bhole the’.
Janta Rocks, a song with such satirical lyrics deserved a much better composition. It is one of the songs that is part of the major theme of the movie, the music reduces the impact it could have made. I wish something better could have been done.
What comes as the biggest disappointment of the album is ‘Hum Bhole the’ by Indian Ocean. Indian Ocean have always been known for the wondrous use of Instruments and the melodious blend it generated. Somehow Hum Bhole the fails to make the listener say ‘Amazing’ which they have always done. It simply fails to connect even with genius lyrics of Prasoon Joshi. The background music is so loud that for a movie like Satyagraha where lyrics of the songs do stand a special significance they are totally overshadowed.
Satyagraha, as an album has come across as one of those that began with a bang but somehow faltered by the end of it. Being part of a movie whose Director is particular about everything, the lapse is a surprise. All in all the album stands at an average rate. Where a few numbers are amazing but few are so not.
I rate the Album 3/5.
I end this by quoting few more beautiful lines from the album-
Toot raha hai ab vishwas,
Paanch varsh dhundhla aakash
kaun dwaar hum khatkayein
kaun se vaadein dohrayein
Aam aadmi kitna aam
Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram..
Views presented in the article are those of the author and not of ED.