Sujoy Ghosh: Story Writer, Screenplay, Producer and Director for Kahaani where Vidya Balan (read 'Bidda Balan') portrays another challenging and unconventional role of a pregnant women in search of her husband. As a Writer and Director, Sujoy has three movies to his name : Jhankaar Beats (2003), Home Delivery (2005) and Aladin (2009), all three had some good tunes by Vishal-Shekhar (V-S) but neither of these three tasted success at the box office and vanished without creating any fuss. This time with a dramatical thriller, hopes are again being raised and, as far as the soundtrack by V-S is considered, some quality and situational stuff is expected. Well, read on to know if the expectations have been met…
A mixture of jazz, hard rock and retro combo makes up for a riotous start in "Aami Shotti Bolchi" where veteran Usha Uthup leads the vocals. It's a take on the city of Kolkata (with Vishal Dadlani as lyricist) and without a doubt, it will gel well alongside the narration of the movie and will do wonders as a background score and the theme of the movie. Shekhar Ravjiani continues his “Raftaarein” (Ra.One) and surprises everyone with vociferous lines like “Kolkata-You are sexy!” Vishwesh Krishnamurthy provides the backing vocals/chorus and the three minutes keeps the listeners hooked. A good start to the album but a little short and unconventional.
Javed Bashir starts off in Ustaad Rashid Khan Style with alaap and sargams for "Piya Tu Kahe Rootha Re" and soon the sound of a stupendous electric guitar takes over alongside the continuous manjeera sounds, giving a perfect fusion of Classical and Western instruments. Lyrics by Sandeep Shrivastava are powerful. V-S carry on from where they left in Ra.One's “Bhare Naina” and the result is an impressive composition which would be surely applauded by people who knows what good and quality music is. An artistic Jugalbandi is what you hear from 4:10 onwards- 'Intoxicating' stuff. If you were ultra critical you would argue we have heard a better version of this song in "Bhare Naina".
Sukhwinder Singh and V-S have a 'Hit' track record and it carries on with much ease in "Tore Bina" which is undoubtedly THE song of the album. It starts with some beautiful folk arrangements and as one prepares to listen to a purely traditional song, suddenly some heavy electric guitar strums take over and leaves one spellbound. V-S brings on their regular and trusted artist Anvita Dutt Guptan for the lyrics and she is superb with the pen and does full justice to this theme-based-background track. Sukhwinder Singh hardly disappoints with his singing and this time also he strikes gold with his superlative high pitched notes, can't even imagine this composition in any other voice. One word-'Terrific'!
Last to arrive is "Ekla Cholo Re", a reprise version of Rabindranath Tagore's Bengali composition. Rendered by Amitabh Bachchan, it is surely another highlight of the album and apart from Tagore's poetry crooned by the Shehanshah (especially the second antara); the English vocals by Clinton Cerejo are worth noticing and give a Western touch to this epic composition. It would certainly be very interesting watch on screen.
Vishal-Shekhar, fresh from the huge commercial success of “Chammak Challo” and “O La La” go totally unconventional for Kahaani so the tunes are not foot-tapping or aimed at the masses who would hum them around (except for the title track 'Kahaani') so replay value is limited beyond the release of the film. However the songs are still instilled with quality and do full justice to the theme and narration. In producing such music the duo have proven their versatility and status within the industry as leading music makers. In short, V-S ROCK!