COLOUR THAT HAS FADED AWAY!! (PINK – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Faiza Mujahid, Shantanu Moitra & Anupam Roy
♪ Lyrics by: Faiza Mujahid, Tanveer Ghazi, Anupam Roy & Irshad Kamil
♪ Music Label: Junglee Music / Times Music
♪ Music Released On: 30th August 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 16th September 2016

Pink Album Cover

Pink Album Cover

 

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Pink is an upcoming Bollywood courtroom drama / thriller film, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang, Angad Bedi and Piyush Mishra. The film is directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury and produced by Rashmi Sharma and Shoojit Sircar. After ‘Piku’, Shoojit is back; he doesn’t direct this, but gives the Bengali director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury (‘Buno Haansh’ fame) a break in Bollywood. The movie is based on women empowerment. Of course, great music for this film would be a pleasant surprise, although I’m not expecting much from it. The number of composers behind the album happens to be three. The first one is Anupam Roy, back to Bollywood after his debut in Shoojit’s previous film ‘Piku’, with two songs in this album. Second is Shantanu Moitra, another Bengali composer with his base in Bollywood, but he has been doing a not-so-well job in Bollywood after his last album that I enjoyed, ‘PK’ came out. All he composed for was ‘Wazir’ (only two songs, both above average) and hopefully, the one song by him in this album will restore my faith in him! 😀 Lastly we have débutante composer Faiza Mujahid, a Pakistani singer/composer, who has composed one song for the movie. Starting off the album with few hopes, let’s see how colorful it can become!!


1. Jeenay De Mujhe
Singer ~ Faiza Mujahid, Music by ~ Faiza Mujahid, Lyrics by ~ Faiza Mujahid

The album starts off with debutante Faiza’s entry into Bollywood, a feel-good, feel-free, rock anthem, with the central theme of freedom. The composer has tried to make an enjoyable anthem which all the girls throughout the world can relate to. The composition that results, though, tells you that this isn’t exactly what she would’ve wanted it to turn out to be. It is something that entertains on and off, something that has no tune that would make listeners love it. The whole thing seems to be rather over-ambitious. The way the composer tries to convey the idea is cringeworthy. After hearing the song, there is nothing that pulls you back to the replay button. The arrangements are ordinary rock arrangements, with guitars and drums placed exactly where you would expect them to be placed. Nothing else features in the song to male you like it. Faiza seems to have done very little effort in making the song memorable and the arrangements innovative, but she has done something innovative in the vocals of the hookline. Innovative in a negative way. She screams out the hookline at the top of her voice, to indicate the theme of freedom. Her lyrics too, fail to impress, sounding quite ordinary as well. The one thing I did like though, was the retro diversion in the second interlude, and the rock guitar solo after that. Quite a boring attempt to make a smashing entry into the industry.

 

2. Kaari Kaari
Singer ~ Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch, Music by ~ Shantanu Moitra, Lyrics by ~ Tanveer Ghazi

This next song brings in the instant feel of a very mature composition, right before the actual melody even starts! The prelude itself, makes you ready for a wonderful song ahead. The European strings open the song so attractively, that you can’t help but playing it over and over again just to hear that magic again and again. After the failed attempt by a debutante to open the album with a bang, Shantanu takes over and fixes things, with his experienced arrangements and composition skills. Whenever I think of Shantanu Moitra’s compositions, I am reminded of his happy-go-lucky composition style, where the happiness is overflowing and his sugary-sweet tunes. However, I’ve got to admit, he is just as good at composing dark, haunting tunes, just like this one here. Shantanu has come up with a composition that is apt for the situation here, and the haunting tone coupled with those wonderful plucks of the guitar, makes it sound even better. Shantanu’s composition is awe-inspiring. The mukhda is something that instantly hooks you onto it, while the antara perfectly keeps that feeling going. While the mukhda has those wonderful guitar plucks to give it its tempo, the antara has wonderful studio beats, with drums keeping beat. And then after it is over, the guitars kick in again. The composition of the antara is just too wonderful; something that you will most likely never forget. Shantanu’s arrangements too, are wonderful, and besides the guitar plucks throughout the song and the drums in the antaras, beautiful strings grace the rest of the song. A grand orchestra amazes even in the hookline, while it really opens up when the antaras end, when there is a wonderful orchestral piece. The first interlude has a wonderful sitar piece, while the second interlude actually takes you back to the Beethoven era, where there is a wonderful stop to the song with a very slow-paced orchestra. After that, the mukhda plays once more before the second antara, which is a really ingenious idea by Shantanu! After the second mukhda, yet another wonderful orchestral piece is played, this time accompanied by piano notes! The arrangements are just too good to explain completely! And then there are the vocals. Shantanu discovers a great find in Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch, a Pakistani singer, whose rustic voice is what appeals the most! The young singer has a very mature and deep voice, which is the highlight of the song. She sings every note of Shantanu’s touching composition with such emotion, that the song actually touches your heart, and doesn’t remain a song with hollow emotion. Tanveer’s lyrics are beautiful as well, giving more reasons to love the song and adding even more emotion in it. Shantanu strikes gold with this one: a wonderful emotional song following the women empowerment theme, and excelling in the arrangements department. And by excelling I mean EXCELLING! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Tujhse Hi Hai Roshni
Singer ~ Anupam Roy, Music by ~ Anupam Roy, Lyrics by ~ Anupam Roy

With the next song, the last composer, Anupam Roy steps into the album. The song starts off quite abruptly, with a ordinary, but groovy piano loop introducing us to Anupam’s lovable composition. The composer uses his typical composition style, and weaves a tune which is easily appealing to the ears and light on the ears as well. It resembles his songs from ‘Piku’ quite a bit (not surprising, because they themselves resembled each other a lot!) The mukhda is sweet in its simplicity, while the antara sees things getting more interesting with variations in the tune and a more Westernized treatment to the song. The hookline is something that isn’t extraordinary, but manages to appeal to you anyway. The arrangements are more interesting here, though, than they were in ‘Piku’. While those songs were quite minimally arranged, or calmly arranged, this one has a lot going on in the background. The drums are the main attraction, obviously. And the piano loop is something that gets stuck in your head after you hear the song for a repeated number of times. The composition, though not something that people would like right away, manages to make you smile and feel good after it’s over. The rock elements have been added in the song very nicely, and it gives it more of an upbeat feel, like a pop song, rather than having a melancholic and nostalgic and very contemplative song. Anupam sings it well, with his slight nasal twang. His voice isn’t boring at all, and though not perfect technically, it manages to attract the listener’s attention. His lyrics too, are quite good, not too simple and not too complicated. Though reminiscent of Anupam’s debut album ‘Piku’, the composition works due to the new arrangements. #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Pink
Singer ~ Jonita Gandhi, Rap By ~ EPR Iyer, Music by ~ Anupam Roy, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

The last song on the album is the most upbeat of the lot; the most commercially viable of the lot. And though it is commercially viable, it is definitely not for those audiences of Bollywood music who love to dance on Punjabi songs. It is for that mass of Indians, who are constantly complaining about Bollywood music being bad, uninteresting, boring, bleh, etc, and go on praising songs from the West. Composer Anupam Roy here, has wonderfully tried to make a song that will be closest as possible to the English pop singles, and even succeeds to some extent! I mean, the composition is very groovy and catchy! The beats are groovy and the singing is energetic! The song in its treatment, is just like an English pop song, and kudos to Anupam for that! He has managed to bring that flavour into the song quite perfectly. The tune is so catchy, that you start grooving to it. However, it repeats itself twice and gets quite boring at some time in the song, and even sounds too outdated (by the standards of such pop songs) at some time. This is a tune we have heard many times before in various hit English pop songs! The anthemic ring of it definitely surpasses the first song of this album though! The arrangements are good, with techno sounds being the primary attractions here. Some very Latino styled horns in the hookline appeal to the listener a lot. They’re also the horns that start the song off. That tune is amazing! Coming to the vocals, Jonita is a wonderful choice for them. She proves yet again after ‘Sau Tarah Ke’ (Dishoom) that she is great at such songs, but the diva inside her is kind of suppressed here, while she was singing completely freely in that song! Her English diction is amazing, and there I get reminded that she’s an Indo-Canadian. She sings the hookline, “My world goes Pink!” wonderfully. The rapper EPR Iyer, on the other hand, puts in more of the feel of an English pop song, as he sings around Jonita throughout the song. He doesn’t even sound like he’s an Indian when he sings in English; more like an American! His rap is okay, but when he says “Put your hands up for the pink anthem” towards the end of the song, it sounds great! The lyrics by Irshad Kamil are average as well, but they put forth the freedom theme well. A better composition would’ve helped the awesome arrangements!


Pink is an album that definitely turns out to be as expected. Not many songs in total, and out of those too, only two are exceptional. The three composers try to get an album that conveys the themes of freedom and women empowerment very well, but it turns out to fail in its purpose. Two of the songs will help both to attract audiences and as great background pieces in the movie, while one song will serve as a club song, if it reaches the public, that is. The other song seems to be an odd one out in that nothing is going well in it, and it also turns out to be a bad debut for Faiza Mujahid. As for Anupam Roy, his outdated tunes are saved by good arrangements. The only winner in this album is Shantanu Moitra. Overall, the color of this ‘Pink’ has faded quite a bit!!

 

Final Rating for This Album: सा < रे < ग < म <  < ध < नी < सां

Note: The letter which is underlined is the final rating.

Recommended Listening Order: Kaari Kaari > Tujhse Hi Hai Roshni > Pink > Jeenay De Mujhe

 

Which is your favourite song from Pink? Please vote for it below! Thanks!! 🙂

 

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