Written and directed by Anusha Rizvi and produced by Aamir Khan Productions, Peepli Live has caught many Indian cinema fansâ€™ attention since its Sundance Film Festival screening selection. And, of course, with names such as Indian Ocean, Bhadwai Village Mandali, Raghubir Yadav and the works attached with the music, Peepli Liveâ€™s OST release was also bound to spark the curiosity of music listeners.
Composed and performed by the very talented Indian Ocean band, â€śDes Meraâ€ť (4.55) maintains a very peppy, energetic and joyous feel throughout, the tabla, bass guitar and string instrument arrangements are absolutely delightful. Even the vocal percussions such as â€śpa pa re raa,â€ť â€śdhom ta tak dhom tak dhinâ€ť are fun to listen to. Lyricists Sanjeev Sharma and Swanand Kirkire pen down ample references to colorâ€”â€śsaat rang,â€ť â€śsatrangi melaa,â€ť etc. In short, Des Mera is a catchy, enjoyable composition!
There is also â€śDes Mera IIâ€ť which offers a nice, alternative remix version of the original.
Written and composed by Bhadwai Village Mandali, â€śMehngai Dayainâ€ť (3.57) conjures up a village gathering setting with town people joining in to accompany Raghubir Yadavâ€™s rustic vocals with use of the harmonium and folk percussion instruments in the background. The use of â€śdayainâ€ť to describe â€śmehngaayiâ€ť/inflation is both clever and amusing, although it is hard to decipher all of the lyrics to the song due to there being discordant moments in the composition.
Composed and performed by Indian Ocean, â€śZindagi Se Darte Hoâ€ť (7.30) has a serene feel, with use of a brooding guitar and somber, angst-filled vocals in addition to meaningful lyrics by Noon Meem Rashedâ€”â€śaadmi se darrte ho, aadmi toh tum bhi ho, aadmi toh hum bhi haiâ€¦ankahi se darrte hoâ€¦â€ť
The best thing about â€śChola Maati Ke Ramâ€ť (3.14) is Nageen Tanvirâ€™s amazing, rustic and honesty-drenched vocals. The use of the flute in the background is pleasant and the song has a devotional feel to it with references to â€śRaam,â€ť â€śRaavan,â€ť â€śHari,â€ť Jeevan,â€ť â€śMuktiâ€ť written by lyricist Gangaram Sakhet. This one is composed by Nageen as well.
Those of you who are just plain sick of the lifeless, mundane, redundant sounding compositions being released in Bollywood again and again, definitely check out Peepli Liveâ€™s musicâ€”the compositions are rich, sincere and will definitely invoke the ambience of rural India in your mind as you listen to the songs.