Sometimes there are soundtracks from small films which touch our soul. Among all the biggest releases with the top-shot singers, trendy sounds and rocking remixes, here lands the soundtrack of Morning Walk, which sticks to the basics. Many of us seem to have forgotten what the basics in Bollywood music are. In recent years, we have been thrown on the face all genres of music. Remixes are giving original songs a new life of their own.
Morning Walk’s music is homage to good music, as well as futuristic music too! Composed by Jeet Gannguli (note the change in the spelling from Jeet Ganguly), he commenced his career in Bollywood with Pritam as the music duo Jeet-Pritam. Together the two ambitious artists worked on Tere Liye, Mudda – The Issue and Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi from 2001-2003. After their friendly split, Pritam went on to compose for the big banners and the rest is history. Or is it? Isn’t it too early to call it history? Jeet Gannguli got recognized in Bengali films and had his hands full of Bengali assignments, successfully delivering hits after hits.
Bhor Bhayo is a skillfully crafted semi-classical number with an innovative rock fusion running in background. Ustad Rashid Khan and Shreya Ghoshal elevate the piece to unimaginable heights by their exquisite rendition of quality alaaps. The futuristic fusion is created by the mix of a strong rock sound with classical Indian instruments. ‘Bhor Bhayo’ is rhythmically and intelligently orchestrated using Western instruments like the drums, bass and rock guitars. It has to be pointed out that the track is one of its kinds, with Joi providing the supporting vocals for the English lines. Written by Sanjeev Tiwari, the piece is a welcoming change in the sense that it brings out the best of all those involved in the production of this track.
Jeet Gannguli keeps the creative fusion going in Manwa. There is a nice little surprise here as the composer infuses Spanish music with Indian semi-classical music. The song starts off wonderfully with a long prelude by Dibbendu Mukherjee, singing in Spanish before Ustad Rashid Khan takes over the singing in Hindi, in what can be described as classically magnificent. The tune sounds familiar in general, but it is Ustad Rashid Khan who steals the show with a remarkable rendition of the semi-classical alaaps. A must-listen! Near the end of the song, the composer makes both singers perform at the same time and we have a mix of semi-classical singing with Dibbendu Mukherjee essaying the Spanish words. With lyrics by Sanjeev Tiwari and Dibbendu Mukherjee, the piece is very lively and well orchestrated. Its amazing flow, even though it is a fusion, shows the hard work put by the composer and the arranger. The strong influence of the acoustic guitars is prominent in the background and brings a crisp sound to the track.
Meethi Meethi Baatein is a sweet, simple and mushy romantic song from Shaan and Shreya Ghoshal. Easy on the ears, Shaan’s effortless start is followed by Shreya Ghoshal, who makes a subtle entry in the first interlude, which has original soothing piano music. The singer exerts little pressure on her vocal chords and sails through the short track comfortably. The composer restricts the orchestration to minimal acoustics, with the guitar playing an important part in the background music. The tune is a short lullaby beautifully executed by both singers and is very reminiscent to Shantanu Moitra’s type of melodies. The well-composed second interlude beautifies the song further, adding more value to romantic quotient. Overall, the composer has left no stone unturned in the orchestration, arrangement and singing department. Lyrics by Nida Fazli are another asset and really touch on the beauty of life and love.
The solo track Dolna by Shreya Ghoshal is the highlight of the soundtrack. Written by Nida Fazli, this slow-paced number is engaging till the end. First of all, the background music is in synch with the singing and there is a nice guitar riff which is heard – not too loud, but just the right sound. Secondly, the singer shows prowess in handling this melancholic number and surpasses the expectations. One hears her crystal voice in the long prelude; while on the other hand, she excels in the high-pitched parts throughout the song. The music which follows after the prelude is as good as it gets. The composer uses the solo violin rightfully in the piece and sets the gloomy atmosphere by solely using one instrument. There are no gimmicks here. The synthesizers work in the background coupled with second interlude, contribute to the formidable presentation of ‘Dolna’. The chords alone could make anyone get emotional. Jeet Gannguli composes old-fashioned ‘mukhdas’ and ‘antaras’, which haven’t been heard in a long time. Nida Fazli has also always been associated with touching lyrics, especially during the 90’s with songs like ‘Shabke Jage Huye’ and ‘Ghar Se Masjid’ (Tamanna).
Aasma Choona Hai, written and sung by Shaan is a fast-paced number with regular English lines. With backing vocals by June, it’s a light youth-oriented composition. Orchestration is passable and the rock guitar music in the first interlude is pleasing. Overall, it’s a song full of ‘Ooh’ and ‘All I need is your love’ type of lines. Shaan pours a lot of his energy in this rendition.
Nachle is the other trendy track, which can be heard in the clubs. Shaan, Joi and Nargis provide the vocals in an enthusiastic mode. The music by the composer is efficient and has some catchy sounds, but lacks punch.
The soundtrack of Morning Walk is the biggest surprise of this season! One would never discover so many little, yet exciting innovations in one single soundtrack. Jeet Gannguli is not a fluke and has proved with this assignment that he has more to offer, if challenged. Free from inspirations, the presentations of the fusions have been perfectly executed in both 'Bhor Bhayo' and 'Manwa'. Exempt from remixes, 'Nachle' and 'Aasma Choona Hai' are the current doses of trendy songs. One can easily find that Jeet Gannguli’s forte is elsewhere – the way he has used the voice of Ustad Rashid Khan in the two songs is superb. On the other hand, Shreya Ghoshal impresses in all her tracks. Highly recommended!