Music Review: Rahman delivers a mixed bag of tracks for Ranbir's Tamasha

17-10-2015

A R Rahman and lyricist Irshad Kamil team up once again with Imitaz Ali for Tamasha. And what’s more, once again you have Ranbir Kapoor starring in the movie. So let’s see what this bundle of talent has managed to cook up this time.

Festivities kick off with Mohit Chauhan’s lively and peppy number – Matargashti. The lyrics are amazing as ever while Chauhan is in top form. The composition beautifully sets the tone for the equation between the lead stars.

 

Mika continues in the same fun vein with Heer Toh Badi Sad Hai. This one is yet another lilting, fun number with Punjabi overtones. Rahman excels in making good use of a chorus and some unique sounds but otherwise it isn’t really special.

 

Alka Yagnik and Arijit Singh team up for Agar Tum Saath Ho for this beautiful, romantic number. The classical inspiration is obvious and Yagnik does a fantastic job.

 

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Arijit Singh and Sashwat Singh team up for Wat Wat which turns out to be a classic quirky Rahman number. It starts off with a typical Punjabi beat then gets in some other folksy elements. The remix verion is fun but we would go with the original.

 

Sukhwinder Singh is assisted by Haricharan and Haripriya for Chali Kahani. The tone of the song will remind you of Hawa Hawa from Rockstar with yet another story being told through the song. We suppose this is what the actual tamasha elements of the movie will sound like. Rahman unleashes his entire posse of talent on this one, the orchestral music arrangement is grand and impressive. This one will leave a massive impact on the viewers in the theatres.

 

Lucky Ali’s Safarnama is a sweet and beautiful number with some amazing vocals by Ali. It tends to get monotonous after a while but the track has the potential to grow on you.

 

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Parade De La Bastille is an instrumental number where Rahman shows off his music genius. It starts off with far-eastern overtones and borrows some elements from Matargashti too.

 

Rahman grabs the microphone himself for Tu Koi Aur Hai with backing vocals by Alma Ferovic and Arjun Chandy. It is a slow, lilting track that relies on the vocals more than the music. Another track that should beautifully translate onto the big screen.

 

Overall, Rahman brings his A game to Tamasha but it still somehow leaves you wanting. It doesn’t really give you that one Rahman number you have been dying for. Do you agree with our assessment? Do let us know your views in the comments section below.

 

Tags: Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Tamasha

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