Satyagraha - Music Review

03-08-2013

The Prakash Jha-directed Satyagraha soundtrack is out. Salim-Suleiman are the music directors of an album which really sounds like a political Rock On!! gone wrong.

The first track on the list is the Satyagraha title track rendered by Shweta Pandit, Rajiv Sundaram and Shivam Pathak. It is an interesting blend of contemporary, electronic beats and the traditional rendition of Mahatma Gandhi's penned 'Raghupati Raghav Rajaram'.

Aiyyo Ji, sung by Shraddha Pandit and Salim Merchant, sounds discordant. This song does not have recall value. It would work if perhaps supplemented by good visuals in the film, otherwise it is not a memorable track.

The next song, Raske Bhare Tore Naina, by Shafqat Amanat Ali and Arpita Chakraborty, is a juxtaposition of the old and the new again. One can't help but wonder if the song would have sounded better without the pacing beat in the backdrop. Shafqat gives a fantastic account of his open voice, but the song continues along an even keel and does not take the listener to a rousing high.

Satyagraha - Music Review

Janta Rocks by Meet Bros Anjaan starts off with the promising trumpet strains that take you back to the time of Shammi Kapoor. Then, the guitar follows. And then… a celebratory chorus. That is when the song begins to slide downhill. It seems like an attempt to connect with the young generation.  Plus, there's a parodist narrative (spoofs Nana Patekar in one place!) which mingles cricket commentary with the scam. After a while, it stretches for too long.

Hum Bhole The, sung by Rahul Ram, Amit Kilam and Himanshu Joshi Kashyap, emphasises on a rock concert feel. The song is plain dull and really does nothing. Like Janta Rocks, it too is stretched. A tiresome listen.

There's the Raske Bhare Tore Naina (house mix), sung by Aadesh Shrivastava and Aripta Chakraborty which does not contribute much to the album. Nor does the Aiyo Ji remix.

Except for the title track, there is no memorable song in the film. Films of India gives it 2 stars.

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