AN ALBUM BORN TO RUN, BUT ENDS UP FLYING!! (BUDHIA SINGH: BORN TO RUN – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Hitesh Sonik, Sidhant Mathur & Ishaan Chhabra
♪ Lyrics by: Prashant Ingole, Gopal Datt, Abhishek Dubey & Kantakabi Laxmikanta Mohapatra
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 1st August 2016
♪ Movie Released On: 5th August 2016

Budhia Singh: Born To Run Album Cover

Budhia Singh: Born To Run Album Cover

 

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Budhia Singh: Born To Run is a Bollywood biographical sports film, starring Mayur Patole, Manoj Bajpayee, Shruti Marathe and Tilottama Shome in prominent roles. The movie has been directed by Soumendra Padhi, produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Code Red Films. The movie revolves around the wonder boy Budhia Singh, who ran as many as 48 mmarathon, at the tender age of five!! The boy, who hails from Odisha, ran from Puri to Bhubaneswar at the age of four, covering 65 kilometers in seven hours and two minutes! What an achievement! So the movie is about his struggles and the hurdles he faced. As for the music, I was expecting not more than three songs or so, so I was pleasantly surprised when I got the album with 5 songs! The music has been done by multiple composers, with three songs by Sidhant Mathur, a composer who has composed for the 2014 film ‘Children of War’. The second one is the well-known Hitesh Sonik, who has one song to his credit, while the last song is by Ishaan Chhabra. As such films always unexpectedly surprise me with their music, even though they aren’t music-driven, I would expect a lot from the music! So, let’s run straight into the music of this album!


1. Born To Run (Anthem)
Singers ~ Siddharth Mahadevan & Arhaan Khan, Music by ~ Hitesh Sonik, Lyrics by ~ Prashant Ingole

This song has been tagged as an anthem specifically, but I’m sure we would’ve been able to discern that without them telling us so! The energy of the song is definitely anthemic, and Hitesh Sonik, back after almost a year, (his last being ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2’), has cooked up a very, very enjoyable and energetic composition. The song starts with some interesting bell chimes, followed by some really electrifying rock guitar strums. That just sets up the anthem setting only too well, and you prepare yourself for the actual anthem that is to follow. Hitesh’s composition is one that instantly grips your attention with its mix of in-your-face aggression (of course, the motivational kind of aggression!) and determination. The hookline which goes “Saansein humariii… HUZOOOOOORRRR” is very apt for the situation, and sounds so cute!! A great concoction of folk music and rock makes this anthem worth listening on loop. The various twists and turns which Hitesh throws into the composition, are beautiful! The arrangements are also interesting, with no overdose of rock elements, but they are neutralized well by the folk elements and techno sounds. Towards the end of the song, it breaks into complete folk music, with a Bhajani theka played with manjeeras, and chants of ‘Jai Jagannath’, that go well with the Odishan setting of the film. A cute kids chorus sings most of the song, while their leader is Arhaan Khan, the son of Arbaaz Khan & Malaika Arora Khan. And that boy has bundles of enthusiasm just packed up inside! His voice is so sweet, but with lots and lots and lots of energy! The way he rolls his ‘R’ at the end of “huzoorrrr” is marvellous! Siddharth Mahadevan on the other hand, leads the whole song brilliantly! If someone has been made for singing anthems in Bollywood, it has got to be Siddharth Mahadevan — after ‘Zinda’ (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag), he proves himself once again in such a song! Lyrics writer Prashant Ingole is back after quite some time (the last I remember him writing were some songs in ‘Bajirao Mastani’) and he comes back with a bang! He writes a great inspirational song (again, after ‘Ziddi Dil’ from ‘Mary Kom’) and succeeds! A very greatly enthusiastic start to the album, and an anthem that has the potential to rock, but might be unfortunately overlooked! 😦 #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Sunapua… Thu Daud Daud
Singer ~ Rituraj Mohanty, Music by ~ Sidhant Mathur, Lyrics by ~ Gopal Datt

The next song takes the folksiness of the album to a whole new level, with something like a Carnatic verse starting the song off, followed by the heart-touching sound of a violin played on a quirky vocal rhythm. The composition by Sidhant Mathur is exceptional! Such a feel-good composition, that you feel more than just “good”! The mukhda is quite reminiscent of the songs of ‘Dhanak’, which I had loved infinitely. The hookline, though, is where the composer has concentrated most of the magic! A wonderful rhythmic hookline that gets you swaying to its beats, is the most magical thing on this world for me! 😀 And this hookline is just like that! The antara is more of a contemplative tune, with a slow and steady rhythm, contrary to the other parts of the song. But at the end of the antara, is a very fun, fast part, which leads up brilliantly to the hookline! The composer must’ve had tons of fun composing this one, because it’s so fun to hear! The arrangements rely on folk arrangements to do their work, and it really works great. There is a splendid tabla theka right before the hookline, and it steals your breath away; your heart literally skips a beat, and you are very, very vulnerable at that time! 😂🙈 The whole song has more of a Rajasthani feel to it, with the aalaaps in the background and the Rajasthani-flavoured arrangements. The beats of the hookline are beautiful and so enchanting! Flutes have been generously added to add to the charm of the song. The first interlude has a wonderful orchestral piece, that’ll blow your mind away. The secind interlude, however, is on a xylophone, and sounds marvelous as well! The vocals by Rituraj are amazing, and it is good to have an Odishan singer singing, but one can’t help but miss Papon on this track. His metallic voice would’ve done wonders here. Nevertheless, Rituraj doesn’t make me complain. The way he sings the “dauuud dauud” in the hookline, is spectacular! Lyrics by Gopal Datt are good as well, and he borrows some lines from the Odiya language, which mean ‘sweet son’ and ‘son of gold’. A feel-good song with a charming composition and beautiful arrangements! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Udi Jaa
Singer ~ K. Mohan, Music by ~ Sidhant Mathur, Lyrics by ~ Gopal Datt

The next song is another feel-good one, which starts off with a calming guitar riff, and a rhythm played by shakers. Sidhant Mathur’s composition is very soft and calming, with a very contemporary touch to it. The mukhda is very charming, especially the line “Sapne jab subah… Chalne lagte hain” right before the hookline, which a very effective motivational one. It will give you that boost of energy that will make you love the song immediately. The antara too, is very beautiful, with Mohan adding detailed variations in the singing style, which is remarkable. The way Sidhant has overlapped two tracks of Mohan singing two different things — one singing the hookline and the other with a classical aalaap/sargam, towards the end, is fabulous. The arrangements are calming, mostly guitars and shakers, but the drums add that spunk factor to the song which make it sound all the more motivational and energetic. The whole treatment makes the song sound like what Amit Trivedi would compose for a breezy song in a rom-com. 😀 The piano as well, is quite enjoyable. There are fervent strings that are sooooo marvelous, that it is no use telling you; you should go hear them yourself. The flute, of course, charms as usual! Mohan renders the song in his usual deep and attractive voice, and sings it with such ease! Gopal Datt’s lyrics are impressive as well, and suit the inspirational theme of the song and movie very well! An enjoyable inspirational song with a very uniquely composed hookline! Yet again, a bingo to the credit of Sidhant Mathur! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Bheed
Singer ~ Sidhant Mathur, Music by ~ Sidhant Mathur, Lyrics by ~ Abhishek Dubey

The next song is yet another invigorating inspirational song, a bit on the emotional side this time. The composition is another contemporary styled one, quite catchy at that, but it hasn’t actually been made to be catchy. The song has an emotional side to it which touches your heart effectively. The mukhda isn’t something that is going to welcome you with its arms open in a very friendly way; it will be more like you either love it or you don’t. No intermediate stage. For me, the song is amazingly energetic and beautifully emotional. The hookline has been composed so liltingly, and on a rock rhythm, it sounds even more effective. Again, the treatment sounds like an Amit Trivedi song, and that makes things better. Sidhant Mathur has added touches that would make the song sound very heart touching when it plays in the movie. The song is situational and send to be placed at an important part of the movie. Sidhant’s arrangements are great, mostly soft, but it gets quite invigorating at the hookline, with drums and rock guitars. The contrast between the soft verses and the very enticing and hard-hitting rock in the hookline, has been brought out very effectively and impressively. Sidhant’s voice, though not tuned like a professional singer, sounds perfect for the song, with that faltering voice of his proving to be best for such a rock song. Abhishek Dubey (debutant?) writes great lyrics, though it is a situational track, but good words at that. A sad song that has the grip to it, and it wins because of the rock template, without which it would have sounded bland! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Utkal Janani (Anthem)
Singers ~ Chintan Kalra, Aashna, Nanki, Jahnvi, Shairee, Kshitij & Malvika, Music Arranged by ~ Ishaan Chhabra, Music Composed by ~ Sidhant Mathur, Lyrics by ~ Kantakabi Laxmikanta Mohapatra

The final song on the album starts off with a very folksy shout, and goes on to break into a song that is basically a background music track, with a chorus of kids singing the state anthem of Odisha, ‘Bande Utkala Janani’, which was written by Kantakabi Laxmikanta Mohapatra. The composition is not exactly something memorable, but the fervour it has, would be very instrumental in making a scene onscreen come to life. The first part of the song has the kids singing the state anthem, with a three-beat rhythm on folksy percussion backing their voices. The second half, however, sees the song break into a pacy, upbeat trumpet fanfarish ballad with the trumpets playing a key role in bringing the song forward. An aboriginal kind of beat helps the song appeal. Though all this is happening, the way it has been executed kind of disappoints. A state anthem could have been composed way more enthusiastically and aptly than it has been composed here. Saying that, I must say it is not the end to the album I was expecting!


Budhia Singh: Born To Run is the typical sports film album. And by that I mean an album which will be composed for a movie which might even probably have all the songs playing in the background, with no song-and-dance sequence or typical Bollywoodisation of the songs. The song will serve their purpose in merely carrying forward the story. Also, the inspiration, zeal and fervour in the songs will be unmatchable. Similarly, this album has the same characteristics. Hitesh Sonik, with his one song, manages to touch your heart with a very connectable anthem, while Sidhant Mathur does three of his four songs very well. Last but not the least, I would like to say that this album was born to run, but I’m not surprised that it has flown!

 

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: Born To Run (Anthem) > Udi Jaa > Sunapua… Thu Daud Daud > Bheed > Utkal Janani (Anthem)

 

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