Trapped is an upcoming Bollywood psychological thriller starring Rajkummar Rao, Geetanjali Thapa and Khushboo Upadhyaya. The film has been directed by ‘Udaan’ and ‘Lootera’ fame Vikramaditya Motwane, and produced by Madhu Mantena, Vikas Bahl and Anurag Kashyap. The film is about a man who gets locked (or ‘Trapped’ as the makers call it) inside his own apartment home. I better not speculate about the flaws in the story, because many idiotic Facebook memes have already done it, without watching the movie; so be it. I’m sure there is more than meets the eye to this movie’s storyline. Anyway, the music. Vikramaditya Motwane, after doing two films, both of whose albums were composed by Amit Trivedi, now goes with a debutante, Alokananda Dasgupta. I’m guessing this new composer is more adept at composing background scores, because two of the four songs are instrumentals, and since the movie didn’t need song-and-dance sequences as such, Vikramaditya roped her in for this one. I suppose. Anyway, I’m expecting it to be a nice, niche-audience soundtrack, and I hope I fall into the niche category that this album has been made for!
Singer ~ Tejas Menon
“Dheemi, Dheemi, jaise yeh ehsaas, Raatein, saugaatein, lagey, hai khaas..”
Alokananda starts her stint as a music director in Bollywood with an unconventional and offbeat romantic track that soothes despite all the oddities and dissimilarities it holds with the mainstream romantic tracks of today. The wonderful soothing guitar riff starts the song off on a lilting note, and when the melody starts, you are startled for a while since it is very offbeat. The tune is essentially not something that would appeal to everyone of us, but as you might know, I have a tendency of loving these unconventional songs. The composition is beautiful wih the right amount of soothing qualities in it. It doesn’t have much by way of stanzas; there’s just a single stanza at the beginning which dissipates into a wonderful harmonious choir humming towards the end of the two-and-a-half-minute long (or short) song! Newcomer Tejas Menon is impressive behind the mic, and he gets that feathery quality wonderfully in his voice. The song almost sounds like something straight out of an Indie music platform. 😅 You decide which platform exactly. Akokananda’s awesome variations in the humming portion really bring the best out of the singers. Arrangements are quite minimal, with only the aforementioned guitars. And they are fabulous. Strings too, have been played nicely. Rajeshwari Dasgupta does a decent job at the lyrics; nothing much to lap up by poetry freaks though. A feel-good romantic song to start the album off.
Singer ~ Gowri Jayakumar
“Raina beetey na yeh toh, dhoondhe tere naina, Tu hai toh hai sakoon, hai tu, hai tu…”
The next song is primarily a version of ‘Dheemi’ with different lyrics and a female voice singing it, bt you won’t realise that it is a Reprise unless you really pay close attention to the composition and the tune of the background instruments. This song falls into the jazz genre, and the composition is quite weak in front of the previous song. The random pauses in the middle aren’t quite agreeable with me. The hookline is like a very uncontrolled lash-out by the singer. If it would have been given a slightly more shaped-out composition without such a freestyle nature, it would’ve been lots better. The singer Gowri Jayakumar, who I believe we last heard in the ‘Detective Byomkesh Bakshy’ soundtrack, goes all out trying to make it sound unconventional, but it just doesn’t click. The humming portion at the end of the hookline is what resembles ‘Dheemi’s humming bits. The instrumentation in this one though, is beautiful. The piano makes everything sound so cool and calm, and it gives a very soothing feeling to the ears, quite like certain Western songs do. The clarinet towards the end coupled with the strings, is awesome, as is the mouth organ throughout the song in the interludes. The lyrics here too, are nothing great. A slightly awkward song, which would suit better in the BGM while watching the film.
3. Trapped (Theme)
The first out of the two instrumentals on the soundtrack arrives. This one starts off very promisingly. With dreamy sounds of wind instruments and then tinny sounds of the piano’s high notes, this one then breaks out into a lilting lullaby-ish number, very simple and sweet to the core. The basic melody played out on the piano is so heart-moving, it is definite that it will infuse magic into whatever scene it is picturised on in the movie. And then the violins come in, and also the mandolin. All these instruments work together in harmony to lift up the mood of the listener, who is in for the time of his life. (Or maybe day). Later, a clarinet joins and the song just becomes so pleasing to the senses. It is hard to fathom that though the background music is so important in bringing out the true emotions of the scene, most filmmakers don’t even bother to release it. The track ends soothingly, just as soothingly as it had started. A track which will definitely lull you in the theatres, but also lulls you at home too, something that I rarely find in instrumentals!
4. I Am Trapped (Theme)
A short background piece follows, and this one is extremely creative and innovative. The silence in the beginning prepares you for something eerie, and eerie is what you get, when random construction-worker noises, water drops, and intense strings follow. It seems that this one is going to accompany the viewers while they get psychologically tricked during the film. The bass has been used wonderfully as a scary sound. A great background piece!
Trapped is a nice little album. While the vocal tracks don’t provide much by way of entertainment, it is commendable of the makers to stick to the content of the film and not diverge from it just to get an audience to the theatres. The background pieces included in the album are splendid and it just throws light on the unfortunate fact that background music is so underrated in Bollywood. Disney’s ‘Beauty and The Beast’ soundtrack which released recently lists as many as 52 tracks, despite how short they are or how noticeable they are in the film. Each and every instrument in the movie is noticed and released in the soundtrack. So why not Bollywood…? Chew on it! As for ‘Trapped’ I must say that you should get prepared to be ‘Trapped’ in the BGM!
Total Points Scored by This Album: 4 + 2 + 5 + 4.5 = 15.5
Album Percentage: 77.5%
Final Rating for This Album: सा < रे < ग < म < प < ध < नी < सां
Note: The letter which is underlined is the final rating.
Recommended Listening Order: Trapped (Theme) > I Am Trapped (Theme) > Dheemi > Hai Tu
Music Album Details ♪ Music by: Madboy/Mink (Imaad Shah & Saba Azad), Sneha Khanwalkar, Dibakar Banerjee, Blek, Peter Cat Recording Co. (PCRC), Mode AKA, Joint Family & IJA ♪ Lyrics by: Madboy/Mink (Imaad Shah & Saba Azad), Sneha Khanwalkar, Dibakar Banerjee, Rishi Bradoo, Suryakant Sawhney, Sandeep Madhavan, Akshay De & IJA ♪ Music Label: YRF Music ♪ Music Released On: 16th March 2015 ♪ Movie Releases On: 3rd April 2015
Detective Byomkesh Bakshy Album Cover
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Detetctive Byomkesh Bakshy is an upcoming Bollywood detective thriller film, starring Sushant Singh Rajput in the titular role of the fictional detective Byomkesh Bakshy, created by Bengali writer Sharadindi Bandyopadhyay, upon whom he wrote many stories, and many films and TV shows have already been made in Bengali, this one being the first in Hindi! Supporting him are actors like Anand Tiwari playing his sidekick, Swastika Mukherjee and Meiyang Chang playing characters with grey shades. Thanks to director Dibakar Banerjee, those of us who aren’t familiar with Bakshy babu, like me,will be introduced to this sleuth. Those of us who have read his stories in Bengali, will get to see a new adaptation of the two stories ‘Satyanweshi’ and ‘Pother Kanta’, which are the stories which the film showcases. The film is a joint production between Dibakar Banerjee and one of the biggest production houses of Bollywood, Aditya Chopra’s Yash Raj Films. Going by the trailers, which were very intriguing, the movie is sure to have something unique and not just a regular detective flick. The music, I had thought, before the album released, would mostly consist of Background pieces, and therefore, wouldn’t be something that would make much of a mark. When the album released, I saw that SEVEN different names of people or groups were responsible for the music. Even though I saw that it is a multi-composer, I had some hopes, because this year, we’ve seen some brilliant cases of multi-composer albums that have triumphed like ‘Hawaizaada’, ‘NH10’, ‘Khamoshiyan’ to some extent. Seeing Sneha Khanwalkar having composed a song increased my expectations as she was the only person who I recognized. And last but definitely not the least, I thought about how prestigious both the production houses are, and how they can ever fail in giving a good album. So, did they meet my expectations? Read on to find out!
1. Calcutta Kiss Singers ~ Imaad Shah & Saba Azad, Music by ~ Madboy/Mink, Lyrics by ~ Madboy/Mink
The strong percussive beats really give a wrong impression at he starting of the song, because who would think a retro jazzy, foot-tapping number would follow those beats, which could pretty much make their place in any upbeat song of these days as well. Anyways, as soon as that rhythm starts which takes you back to the 50s – 60s era, the song starts to fall into place. The sound effects in the prelude are very well-appointed, and they do give the retro feel, which works in favourite of the song, given the era that the film is set in. Saba and Imaad, who are the members of this Madboy/Mink band, themselves come behind the mic to create an atmosphere that’ll surely get you up and dancing to the enthusiastic rhythm. Saba sings in her trademark style, the Bartender voice, and helps the song become what it is, a catchy cabaret-ish number with shades of jazz. Had it been anyone else (except maybe Shalmali) the effect wouldn’t have been even half of this. The band has remade one of their songs from their album ‘All Ball’, which was called ‘Taste The Kiss’, adding some Hindi vocals in it, and also making Saba (or Mink) sing most of it. In the original, Imaad (or Madboy) had sung everything. The composition is just as lively and groovy as the rhythm, and has that mysterious element in it. The line “Do you know what time it is” is the peak of the song, and ensures the listeners to be humming along. Trumpets, piano, guitars and those sound effects, all create a queer, but wonderful environment. And that percussion is just awesome throughout the song. Even the lyrics build up a sense of suspense and mystery. Due to the beats, composition, vocals and to some extent, the Hindi lyrics, this song would probably be the closest to Bollywood music that there is on this soundtrack, and the most commercial as well. An impressive retro jazz number, which will make you tap your feet and nod your head along to its beats! Fabulous!#5StarHotelSong!!
2. Bach Ke Bakshy Singers ~ Gowri Jayakumar, Big Deal, Thomson Andrews, Trevor, Rap by ~ Smokey the Ghosht, Craz Professa, Music by ~ Sneha Khanwalkar & Dibakar Banerjee, Lyrics by ~ Sneha Khanwalkar & Dibakar Banerjee
The next song is jointly composed by Sneha Khanwalkar (Probably the most well-known person on this soundtrack for Bollywood listeners) and Dibakar Banerjee, the director himself. So, wonder what this song has, that he had to contribute something to Sneha’s sole composition? Well, to tell you what it has would be a pretty long thing to do, so you better ask what it doesn’t have! Right from addictive rap, to a catchy, suspenseful composition, to dubstep, to some weird programming, it has everything that would just instantly appeal to your ears, which might be craving for something so unconventional for ages now! Smokey the Ghosht & Crazy Professa open up with their rap, which is quite a lot unlike the rap that is getting famous in India by some people (hinting at Honey Singh, Raftaar, Badshah, Dr. Zeus and the lot of Punjabi rappers that have been ruining the Bollywood industry with their only-they-think-it-is-cool rap) However, this rap really sounds awesome, and not an irritant. The hookline which follows, is some really mysteriously composed one and instantly stands out as something innovative. Gowri with her classical-based parts, balances out the song. Arrangements have been done just amazingly by Sneha. We already know how great she is at that. Mostly techno sounds, because that is what she is known for, and she uses them excellently. Disco beats also sound awesome in Gowri’s line. The weird breaking that she does with the vocals is evident here too, and works for the song. The lyrics are also well-suited to the theme of the movie, and provide for an interesting listen, so listen carefully! Overall, the song is a perfect theme song for a detective movie, which can arouse in the listeners, a sense of curiosity and eagerness to watch the movie. Innovation is her middle name, and she proves it yet again with this haunting track!! Great going Sneha!#5StarHotelSong!!
3. Byomkesh In Love Singers ~Rishi Bradoo, Anil Bradoo & Usri Banerjee, Music by ~ Blek, Lyrics by ~ Rishi Bradoo
Electric guitar starts off this song vibrantly, followed by some lively English lines, which sound very much like a full-fledged English song. It will surely appeal to you, though, even if you don’t like English songs. Because what comes next will blow your mind. Usri Banerjee comes in with her traditional classical Indian part, and provides the second aspect of this song. Two genres from across the world, when are fused together in one song, sound brilliant. The band Blek, an alt punk band consisting of Rishi Bradoo, Jared Creado and Linford D’Souza, has amalgamated both the genres very naturally, as though they were meant to co-exist. However, here’s the truth: the English part of this song is Blek’s 2012 song ‘Fog + Strobe’, and now, three years later, for Bollywood, they have infused a Thumri by Usri Banerjee into it, so it fits into the script and yet appeals to the audience! Really, hats off to them for accomplishing this! The arrangements are awesome, as well. The regular drums, electric guitars of English punk music, backs even the classical parts, giving a great contrast. The vocals have been done as well as international artists. And Usri stuns with her amazing rendition of the classical part. A romantic song, which is really unconventional! Kudos to Dibakar for fishing out such a weird and unusually extraordinary song from Indie artists like Blek!#5StarHotelSong!!
4. Jaanam Singer ~ Suryakant Sawhney, Music by ~ Peter Cat Recording Co. (PCRC), Lyrics by ~ Suryakant Sawhney
The retro waltz beats with which this song starts, are enough to divert your attention from whatever you are doing at the moment, and do nothing else but solely hear this wonderful romantic number. Peter Cat Recording Co. (PCRC) is a Delhi based psych rock band, and they have revamped their song ‘Pariquel’ from their album ‘Sinema’, by making it into a full Hindi song, with Hindi lyrics. Suryakant Sawhney, a member of the band, had sung the original version in English and he sings and writes the Hindi version for this album very efficiently. The arrangements are really very captivating, and you can’t help but nod your head to those waltz beats. Even the clattering sounds like those castanets, as used in old Bollywood films’ cabaret songs like the music of O.P. Nayyar and the lot, has been used magnificently! But here, I think they are just two drumsticks (not the vegetable) which are being hit on each other. (If you can’t hear them, hear closely when the singer says “Ye din toh aayega..”) The occasional sound of a cymbal, and drums, sounds good in the song. The composition is very, very sweet and addictive, and Bollywood is already familiar to this type of composition, thus giving it more of a Bollywood audience to appeal to. The whole song seems to have been intentionally muffled, to make it sound more like it has been recorded in the 50s or so. That is why, when the song ends, you feel awkward, because of the sudden silence. 😀 Suryakant’s vocals are a bit off tune at some places, but it wouldn’t have sounded that good if they hadn’t been, and would’ve sounded very artificial. And the lyrics have shades of betrayal in them. Definitely hear this one, for its beautiful tune, thought-provoking lyrics and awesome arrangements!!#5StarHotelSong!!
5. Chase In Chinatown Singers ~ Vyshnav Balasubramaniam, Sandeep Madhavan & Manas Ullas, Music by ~ Mode AKA, Lyrics by ~ Sandeep Madhavan
This is one of the original songs on this score, a song which breaks any previous conception that metal is something which Bollywood is not cut out for at all. You must have heard it in the trailer of the movie, and must have fallen in love (let’s say fascination, because it doesn’t sound right to fall in “love” with a metal song 😂 ) So you must’ve got fascinated by it right when you heard it in the trailer. And fascinate you is all it does! It hardly has any intelligible words, so the lyrics don’t count here. The vocals have a very small role to play, when the guys yell some things, and half of them since you can’t make out, you subconsciously ignore the vocals too. But they are full of angst wherever they do exist. So all your attention goes to the stellar arrangements — the brilliant electric guitars, the bass sounds, the techno synth sounds, which just impress you more and more each time you hear the song. The mic feedback sound effects also sound awesome. The rhythm which the song is on, is one that, yet again, manages to make you dance. The various sounds that the band has used in this track, never fail to catch your attention. Yet another brilliant and unusual composition, this one introducing metal genre into Bollywood, with a whole lot of cool new sounds!! A must-listen!!#5StarHotelSong!!
6. Life’s A Bitch Singer ~ Akshay De, Music by ~ Joint Family, Lyrics by ~ Akshay De
The next track on the soundtrack is yet another metal song, this time more full-fledged, open and bold than the previous track. Again, the lyrics and vocals play very less part as compared to the arrangements and composition. Unlike the previous track, this one won’t instantly appeal to all listeners. Joint Family very conveniently just picks up their 2007 song with the same name and gives it to Dibakar to make it a part of his film’s soundtrack. The attempt to create a Metal song in India in 2007, that too, such an open one, has to be appreciated! It might come across as too loud for some, but awesomely cool to others. As for me, I fall in between these two categories. I’ve been impressed by the wonderful arrangements on the track and the awesome , but those monstrous vocals of the lead singer kinda put me off. I get that this is the whole idea of Metal, but the yelling was a bit too much to bear. 😂😂 Moving on, the accent of Akshay De seems like he’s an Australian. 😜 A great attempt to introduce heavy metal to India, but I guess it’s a bit too heavy. Nevertheless, it deserves at least one listen!
7. Yang Guang Lives Singer ~ IJA, Music by ~ IJA, Lyrics by ~ IJA
This song (or background piece) is composed by band IJA, and showcases some stunning sound effects. It starts with the sound of a gong, followed by some percussion beats, after which it falls silent for quite some time. The vocals are nothing but a man whispering some things in anger, which arouse the sense of suspense and mystery inside you. The whole song is pretty silent, with nothing much to hear or describe in a review, for the first two minutes, after which a catchy techno tune starts, which slowly gains pace and intrigues you as it progresses. Meanwhile the members of IJA keep whispering stuff. It eventually takes a rock form, and the electric guitars have been played in an awesome way. The composition seems to be one that would be played in the climax of the movie, in the background, when things are tense, when the detective is very, very close to solving the mystery. Drums also complement the guitars, making it end as something which makes you think what you just heard. Something different from the usual background pieces included in Bollywood albums. Hear it for the awesome sound effects and the marvelous arrangements towards the end!! A silent ending to the album!#5StarHotelSong!!
Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! Whatever I say about this album, it would be an understatement. Dibakar Banerjee has stayed true to his convention of doing the unconventional, whereas Aditya Chopra has broken all the stereotypes that had been given to YRF by including such tracks in this album and producing the album. Both of them together have picked out in total, seven songs from artists from a music scene that barely gets the importance it needs in India. By doing this, they have taken it upon themselves to promote such talents, and they have done so with utmost excellence. Each of the artists have very efficiently delivered what was needed from them, and definitely what was unexpected. Dibakar stays true to his film’s tagline i.e, EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED!! And this was indeed unexpected!!
Final Rating for This Album: सा < रे < ग < म < प < ध < नी< सां
Note: The letter which is underlined is the final rating.
Recommended Listening Order: Jaanam > Byomkesh In Love > Calcutta Kiss > Chase In Chinatown > Bach Ke Bakshy > Yang Guang Lives > Life’s A Bitch
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