After a successful stint in P.K. (2014), Anushka Sharma is
back, and with a bang! She is all slated to wow her loyal fanbase with
her maiden production venture, NH10, where she will be starring
alongside newcomer Neil Bhoopalam and Darshan Kumar; the latter who rose
to fame with his role in Omung Kumar's Mary Kom (2014). The movie has been co-produced by Phantom Films (best known for producing critically acclaimed films like Hasee Toh Phasee (2014) and Queen (2014)), and directed by Navdeep Singh, who is widely known for his highly successful directorial debut, Manorama: 6 Feet Under (2007).
Comprising of six songs in total, the latest new music release of Bollywood - NH10,
has variety. The album has
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more music directors than it has songs;
namely, Sanjeev Darshan, Bann Chakraborty, Ayush Shrestha, Savera Mehta,
Samira Koppikar. Slated to release on 13th March, lets take an
individual look at the tracks of the music album of this social thriller
which marks Anushka Sharma's debut as a producer in Bollywood.
album opens with "Chhil Gaye Naina", the Sanjeev Darshan composition
which is the most publicized in the film's promotions. Sung by Kanika
Kapoor and Dipanshu Pandit, however, it tries too hard to be
hard-hitting with its strong grunge elements and sufiana lyrics, but
does not quite make the mark. However, it is good to hear Kanika Kapoor
sing something else than an item number.
Next up in the
album is the male version of "Le Chal Mujhe". The blues track is one of
the most flat songs of the album. The magic of the excellent singer
Mohit Chauhan cannot be felt anywhere in this variant, and the blame
lies solely with the composer, Bann Chakraborty. The music composition
is not compatible with singer's voice and overpowers it at many places.
the soothing voices of Nayantara Bhatkal and Savera Mehta, "Main Jo",
composed by Ayush Shreshta and Savera Mehta is a light hearted romantic
song, which essentially completes a Bollywood album. It has soft country
music vibes to it, but coming out on the heels of "Char Kadam" from P.K. (2014), it loses points for its lack of originality.
effervescent Neeti Mohan shines in the next song of the album, "Le Chal
Mujhe", in which she lent her voice along with Mohit Chauhan. The jazzy
music by Bann Chakraborty makes the song an endearing and spunkier
version of "Le Chal Mujhe". However, one does realise that the chorus
could have been done away with for something better.
and sung by Samira Koppikar, "Maati ka Palang" steals your heart away.
Its lyrics, composition, vocals, and everything else works in harmony
for this track and gives it a hauntingly lasting feel. The combination
of folk music with guitar, fusion of sitar and tabla in the composition,
lovely voice with rustic quality, this situational song stands out of
the entire album, and is definitely a must listen.
Darshan's "Le Chal Mujhe" comes with a female variation to it. The
fortunate case of the correct singer, Shilpa Rao's voice has an
elemental quality that suits this soft jazz-blues arrangement and
surpasses her male counterpart's rendition by leaps and bounds.
up in the album is Savera Mehta and Ayush Shreshta's "Kya Karein".
Easily the most laid back song of the album, this short piece thrives on
the touching soft voice of the talented Rachel Varghese and an
interesting violin composition to boot.
The album comes to
a close with a a reprised version of Bann Chakraborty's "Le Chal
Mujhe". This jazzy-piano reprise version of the most repeated song of
the album can be termed as the best of the lot, and the credit goes to
fine texture of Arijit Singh's voice.
lyrics and songs that are more forgettable than memorable, this album
won't be missed if it does not make it to your collection. The tempo and
feel of the music does not offer any interesting variations. Yes, it
boasts of grunge, rock, jazz & blues, folk and fusion arrangement,
but still it feels tepid to the ears. Only the reprise version of the
most repeated song of the album, "Le Chal Mujhe", is the one
stays with you, while "Maati ka Palang" is a close second. For the
lovers of slow music who don't mind repetition of lyrics in a song
however, this album hits the bulls eye.
at BollyCurry rate this album 2 stars, and wish Anushka Sharma and
Phantom Films all the very best for their upcoming venture. How would
you rate the album, and which was your favorite song? Leave your
comments in the comment box below!
Author: Anamika GK.
Editor(s): Ritchelle C. and Hershi J.
Graphics: Komal P.
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