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KAHAANI Music Review: Kolkata, You Sexy!

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In recent days, the only full recent soundtrack running on my computer is Vishal-Shekhar's powerful and quirky Kahaani, with which I have been very pleasantly surprised, feeling that the duo have just delivered one of their best soundtracks to date, expanding their scope of musical expression and delighting us with a titillating new sound.

Bengali, English and Hindi greet the listener with Aami Shotti Bolchi, in which cold-jazz transforms into metal rock and back, hitting a home run with Usha Uthup's and Shekhar Ravjiani's oodles and bundles of attitude. People hailing from Kolkata have a new and ferociously catchy urban song to impress with!  The track has been paired to a promotional video that is currently making my cinematic "mouth" water.

Hard rock only calms down for a few seconds before joining a Bengali musical background and the great qawaali singer and Mekaal Hasan Band lead vocalist, Javed Bashir, in a fierce 'alaap' that conveys the tone of the story's turmoil. Piya Tu Kaahe Rootha Re boasts highly effective lyrics written by Sandeep Shrivastava and we also cannot congratulate the duo of musical directors enough for their excellent choice of vocalist in this particular song.

Several of my preferred Vishal and Shekhar hits are romantic ballads. Their soft melodies are usually extremely well crafted and Kahaani, the film's title song, follows in such a tradition, taking the best of Vishal-Shekhar's melodic romantic style and gifting it to the extremely well-cast voices of KK in its male version and Shreya Ghoshal in its female and acoustic counterpart. Shreya's voice here is just the way I fancy it the most. I believe minimalistic musical arrangements truly showcase her talent and the song's chorus deftly pulls the listener into Vidya's (the film's lead) disarray and sensibility with its combination of melancholy inducing chords.

Vidya Balan attends the audio launch of Kahaani

Sukhwinder Singh mixes powerful and mellow vocals in Tore Bina, which starts as a fresh folk song and ultimately slides towards gentle pop. The track is easy to listen to and has vast potential but tends to run in too many style and instrumental directions, which is saddening given its sound melodic base and Singh's compelling vocals. It would have possibly been more effective to keep the arrangements simpler in order to bring out Singh's rendition of the song's lyrics. This said, the track still manages to please.

Vishal Dadlani and Shekhan Ravjiani
The Vishal-Shekhar duo keep a pleasant surprise up their sleeve as their closing track, Ekla Cholo Re, featuring an English chorus sung by Clinton Cerejo, welcoming the sincere and moving voice of Amitabh Bachchan and the words of one of my all-time favorite writers, Bengali legend: Rabindranath Tagore. I would have personally preferred a traditional Bengali background melody but I imagine that the uplifting pop feel has been chosen aiming to be in line with the picturization of Tagore's ode (translation in English here - thank you Dunkdaft and Wikipedia).

Cracking the shell of the stereotype they had been cornered into, Vishal and Shekhar showcase their inventiveness and versatility outside of commercial cinema in this album, which we predict will survive well after the film has received its reviews and accolades. A set of six songs could have limited itself to appear pure and sober. However, the experimental verve the musical pair is displaying has resulted in an exhilarating new sound. Thumbs up!

Our favorite picks: Aami Shotti Bolchi, Piya tu Kaahe Rootha Re and both versions of the Kahaani title song.

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Watch Vidya Balan and Vishal-Shekhar at the Kahaani music launch

Singers: Usha Uthup, Javed Bashir, Sukhwinder Singh, Clinton Cerejo, Amitabh Bachchan, Krishnakumar Kunnath (KK), Shreya Ghoshal, Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani
Music Directors: Vishal-Shekhar
Music Label: T-Series
Movie Release Date: March 9, 2012


Kajal said...

Seen the promos of the movie and so looking forward to it.
Glad to have found you at Indiblogger. your newest follower and a regular visitor now.

Unknown said...

Hi Kajal!

I am thrilled to have you among my readers. I enjoy reading you very much too and think you have a lovely blog and insights on the little joys of life. :-) Happy to be connecting.

Do you know if the movie here is releasing in Dubai at the same time as in India?

Have a great day! :-)

KitchenKarma said...

Hi Aline, thanks for visiting my space. You have a lovely blog. I am waiting for this movie to release. Hopefully it will come to a theatre near us. I am a huge fan of Vidya Balan. Had heard ami sotti bolchi and then after reading your post heard ekla cholo re...its a really different rendition...

Unknown said...

Hi Suchi, I also enjoyed reading you a lot. You know, I had always liked Vidya but I am finding myself becoming a fan now. I feel she is choosing her work very well and she is becoming a guarantee for good entertainment. So am also really looking forward to the film release, alike you! :-)

This review of the music I am proud to say got a thumbs up from Vishal and Shekhar and am very glad they read us. I sustain that to me this is their best work to date.

Skincare said...

very nice pics

biglietti inter said...

nice looking work

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