NOT THE TYPICAL CRY-FEST!! (PARI – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Anupam Roy
♪ Lyrics by: Anvita Dutt
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 5th March 2018
♪ Movie Released On: 2nd March 2018

Pari Album Cover

 

Listen to the songs: Saavn

Buy the songs: iTunes


Pari is a Bollywood horror/fantasy film starring Anushka Sharma, Parambrata Chaterjee, Rajat Kapoor and Ritabhari Chakraborty. The film is directed by debutant Prosit Roy and produced by Anushka Sharma, Karnesh Sharma, Prernaa Arora and Arjun N Kapoor. The film apparently did well at being an unconventional horror film with an actual plot, and hence got mostly positive reviews. The music for the film has been composed by Anupam Roy, back after his surprise album ‘Dear Maya’ last year. The album contains only two songs, but from past experience, I can say that long albums don’t always mean the best albums! So let’s have a look at what Anupam has to offer in this short album!


Anupam Roy’s short, and befittingly, at that, album to this horror film consists of two songs, polar opposites of each other. So Ja So Ja is the one that you can immediately associate with the horror genre; it is one of those horrorific lullabies that Bollywood serves to us once in a while, when they’re not too busy wanting the music of horror films to resemble ‘Aashiqui 2’s music. As a result, the song, unlike most songs from Hindi horror films, haunts, and how! Anupam’s composition is just enough sinister to make you get goosebumps and feel uncomfortable. Of course, the heavy use of piano and strings makes the song sound deeper than it would with just the vocals. Speaking of which, Rekha Bhardwaj delivers another splendid performance, requiring a lot of finesse, thehraav and serenity from her part; but then again, when has she not delivered what the song requires of her? Roy experiments with the beats in the antara, adding a sort of retro touch to the composition, and arrangement. The only part the song actually sounds like an actual lullaby is the high pitched line in the antara — also the highlight of the song, both times it plays in the respective antaras. In the interlude, Anupam places an amazing strings portion that is coupled with amazing drum beats too! All in all, this is a wonderful horror song! Anvita Dutt’s lyrics are amazing too, managing to get the horror aspect of the song across effectively, keeping the lullaby intact.
The second song from the album, Meri Khamoshi Hai, is probably the best song I’ve heard till now this year. It’s such a beautiful number, which steals your heart away instantly. Right from the opening guitar portion, to the wonderfully pleasant tablas throughout the song, Anupam Roy makes sure that music lovers are placated, even though the film doesn’t call for such a love song. Not that I’m complaining, I’m so glad he was asked to make this song! At least it’s better than the usual painful, dreadful, melancholic love song we get in other horror films. A newcomer Ishan Mitra is roped in to sing this song, and his Arijit-ish vocal texture is just perfect for the song. His voice is a bit more polished than Arijit’s and that’s why it is all the more perfect for such a semiclassical melody. Anvita Dutt’s lyrics are heart-warming. And the composition is such that I don’t think we’ll get another love song as powerful in melody as this, for a long time. I had this feeling last for ‘Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahin’ (Meri Pyaari Bindu) and it wasn’t surpassed at least for me, by any other song last year. I predict the same with this song! (Which is also the first song to get a 10/10 this year. Yay!)


Anupam Roy’s best album in Bollywood till now, also happens to be his shortest!!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 8 + 10 = 18

Album Percentage: 90% {So we get our best album of the year till now; it’ll be difficult to surpass!}

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: Meri Khamoshi Hai > So Ja So Ja

 

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