♪ Music by:- Arijit Datta
♪ Lyrics by:- Ravinder Randhawa
♪ Music Label:- Junglee Music (a branch of Times Music)
♪ Music Released On:- 23rd May 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 6th June 2014
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Filmistaan is an award-winning comedy film which was screened at Film Festivals across the country in 2012 itself. It has won many awards including the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. It is finally approaching its theatrical release date on 6th June 2014. The movie has been written and directed by Nitin Kakkar, and produced by many people including Siddharth Roy Kapur, under the banner of UTV Spotboy. The film stars Sharib Hashmi in the lead role, and it is about how cinema can be an universal solution to achieve co-existence. It is another India-Pakistan peace kind of movie after ‘War Chhod Na Yaar’ last year and ‘Kya Dilli Kya Lahore’ last year. The music has been scored by Arijit Datta, who was a part of famous band, Agnee, until 2009, and this is his Bollywood debut as a composer (he had sung a song in ‘Not A Love Story’ in 2011). Frankly speaking, I had very less expectations from this album. All I can tell you after listening to the songs is that, Filmistaan must be a great place to live! The music there is actually good! 😛 Let’s see exactly how good it is! 😀
1. Udaari:- Singers ~ Swaroop Khan, IshQ Bector
The album starts with a nice, peppy Rajasthani-folk-inspired track, sung by Sukhwinder Singh #2, Swaroop Khan. (Yes, he sounds exactly like Sukhwinder in some places 😛 ) The catchy starting instantly hooks you to the song. Though IshQ Bector’s rap doesn’t sound good at all in this song, it can easily be ignored because the Rajasthani part is very good! The tune is very catchy. The lyrics are also good, by Ravinder Randhawa. She has written apt lyrics. The track is mostly about following your dreams. They have compared it to flying (‘Maar Udaari’) to follow your dreams. What a great way to tell the message! A nice, short song which gives you entertainment as well as a message.
2. Uljhi Uljhi:- Singer ~ Arijit Datta
The composer himself comes behind the mic for this song. The tune is very nice. The composer also sings very well, supported by only a guitar in the background. It is a very short song, and I felt it should have been longer. The lyrics are good. They are about friendship. It is a very nice and calming track, which you should definitely try. The song should have been longer, then my review for it would have also been longer! 😀
3. Bhugol:- Singer ~ Shafqat Amanat Ali
This track starts with very low lines sung by Shafqat with great ease. The magic that follows cannot be explained in words! It is too good! When the hookline comes, you will start swaying slowly, with the beats of the dafli and tablas. It is another short song just less than three minutes. Shafqat sings it very brilliantly! It is a haunting, slow melody composed in Sufi style. However, it is obvious that however good the song may be, nobody will make it a superhit or chartbuster. That’s what happens to these sad, meaningful songs here. Very impressive song by a debutant, and sung by a seasoned singer. It is so good that it is definitely a #5StarHotelSong!
4. Bol:- Singers ~ Shafqat Amanat Ali, Arijit Datta
After three short songs, finally here comes a decent-lengthed song of four and a half minutes. It starts with aalaaps by Shafqat, which are sung beautiful. The song is written fully in Punjabi. It is a song which has a mix of classical (sung by Shafqat) and soft rock elements (sung by Arijit Datta). It looks like Arijit Datta is comfortable with this song, because of his pop background. The electric guitars and drums have been managed very beautifully, not too loud and not too soft, just perfect. Even though it has rock elements, it is still very calm. This strategy is being used in many songs nowadays. Another must-listen track! And another #5StarHotelSong!
5. Bebaak:- Singer ~ Nikhil D’Souza
The album closes with this song, another Western-influenced track like ‘Uljhi Uljhi’ but longer. Nikhil sings it great. The guitars support him throughout the song. The trumpet interlude is very beautiful. The tune isn’t that catchy, but the singing and instruments cover it up. The song gives a feeling of freedom, and that’s what it is about. It is a beautiful song, which will give you a positive feeling. Towards the end, the percussion kicks in, and transforms it into a great army-type song. A great song to end this soundtrack with!
Overall:- Seriously, I was not expecting such a great album for this film! When I learned that the music is by a debutant and ex-Agnee member, my expectations went lower for some reason. What I got is just out of this world! Surprisingly, none of the songs bore, all of them composed with great efficiency. All of them have been sung great too! Arijit Datta has impressed a lot with his first Bollywood soundtrack. The choices of singers have also worked great. The soundtrack has performed above expectations. I believe Filmistaan would be a great place to live, with such good music! 😀 I would love to live there! 😛 A nice album, different from other albums which are releasing nowadays, which you must listen!
Final Rating for This Album:- सा < रे < ग < म < प < ध < नी
Note:- The letter which is underlined is the final rating.
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