Gandhi To Hitler is a multilingual Indian patriotic drama film based on letters written by Mahatma Gandhi to the leader of the Nazi party and the chancellor of Germany Adolf Hitler. Expectations are not much as there is little scope for music but one is amazed to see the credit list featuring singers like Jagjit Singh, Penaz Masani, Bhupen Hazarika, Daler Mehndi and Shaan who all are masters in their field.
The album consists of 5 tracks and some reprise versions. Every track starts off with some monologues which gives an insight into the film’s narrative. The first track ‘Har Ore Tabahi Ka Manzar’ sung by the king of Ghazals Jagjit Singh; is a slow paced song with minimal instrumentation. Jagjit Singh’s inimitable style of singing makes it an endearing song. Also, the lyrics are thought-provoking. It depicts the aftermath of war with conviction. The reprise version by Shoureen is satisfactory.
Music composer Sanjoy Chowdhury’s ‘Yeh Jazba Hamara Hai Azaadi Ka’ sung by Shaan, whose voice has become a synonym of romance, is a complete departure from what he has been singing so far. Although the lyrics are motivational, the song lacks melody and is more of a school poem. It has a strong hangover of ‘Daastaan’ from Om Shanti Om in its mood and setting. All in all, it is an average song.
The next track is the famous bhajan ‘Vaishnav Jan’ sung by Penaz Mazani. It has another version also sung by Bhupen Hazarika. Both are good but the one by Penaz masani is much better. Her voice is so soothing that it makes us feel relaxed. There are a lot of feelings and emotions, which needs to be heard to be appreciated. Also the use of Indian instruments is excellent and makes it further melodious.
Then comes ‘Hara Shwet Kesaria’ which is a festival song and celebrates the colorful Holi festival in its true manner. Daler Mehndi is at the helm of affairs along with Priya Bhattacharya and Rana Mazumdar, all of whom have done a great job. The musical arrangements like the use of dhol beats are apt for the song.
The last but not the least is our national song ‘Vande Mataram’ in a never before heard Rock Version sung by Bensen Baby, Aman Pant and Vasundhra V. This song composed by Aman-Bensen has a classical base to it which is fused brilliantly with soft rock style. The starting lines itself makes us hooked to it. The interlude consisting of table beats and sargam is exceptional. It is an amalgamation of Indian and Western music and sensibilities. It is the best track of the album.
Overall, the music of the film is quite different and is not everyone’s cup of tea. But for connoisseurs of music, it’s a treat to listen such tracks. Composers Arbind and Lyton have done a commendable work displaying variety and maintaining quality. Lyrics by Dr. Pallavi Mishra are inspirational filled with patriotism. The additional songs by Aman-Bensen and Sanjoy Chowdhury are also par with the other songs.