Music Review: Utsav (1984)

Laxmikant Pyarelal remain a force to reckon with, even today, years after they stopped composing. Last year (2019) alone saw many of their songs being remade, not that i appreciate the remakes, but the Composers popularity still stands strong. They created anthems for the nation and actors that created hysteria, soulful songs that represented all relationships and they remained on the hearts and lips of Everyone. Utsav carried the same appeal and whilst its popularity only grew as time passed, Its class and quality remain constant.

Music Review: Gaman (1978)

Jaidev Verma (commonly known as Jaidev), a name synonymous with brilliant musical scores, yet the world seems to have forgotten this genius. Unduly underrated and forgotten by his peers and the film world, his music stand bounds apart from the general sound and feel of this film-world. He favoured the Classical music system in his compositions and it came across really creatively. Gaman is definitely a universal soundtrack that will find many admirers, but let us not forget Jaidev and what joy he gave us.

Music Review: Kalank (2019)

Pritamda’s third outing at Dharma Productions should make him feel really proud of his achievements, this was a mammoth task and would have been a really tough assignment for anyone in the music industry, especially looking at the current state of film music. Originality is hard to come by and here Pritam gives us new creations that are to be cherished for a very long time indeed.

Music Review: Razia Sultan (1983)

Razia Sultan was Khayyam’s masterpiece and while he had many other melodious soundtracks, this one stands the test of time, the fates of melody and the greats of them all. Khayyam, the music composer remained dedicated to Kamal Amrohi’s vision and provided a beauty of a soundtrack.

Music Review: Pakeezah (1972)

Pakeezah literally translates into ‘Pure One’, and if by some magical way one has to describe the music of this film, then “Pakeezah” truly is apt.

Music Review: Raga Rocks (2013)

Not knowing what to expect when I played the CD, only knowing the genre and that this might be a more ‘Classical’ Rock fusion, I was amazed at the precision of singers. The detail which they give the Raags in these 4-5 minutes is an achievement on its own.

Music Review: Tamasha (2016)

Like All A. R. Rahman soundtracks, the entirety of the album doesn’t hit you right away; it takes its time to absorb into your mind, and once there it embeds into your soul. Tamasha’s music will sustain through the long term, and that makes me smile.

Music Review: Bajirao Mastani (2016)

Bajirao Mastani is based on the love story between Peshwa Bajirao I and his second wife Mastani; set in the time period between 1720AD – 1740AD; the epic also depicts the angst and sacrifices of Kashibai (Bajirao’s first wife). The music, while staying relevant to the time period, has to also cater to the titular characters Marathi heritage and be fresh enough to cater to the current audience.

Music Review: Dedh Ishqiya (2014)

After a while we get a soundtrack that sounds completely new but remains loyal to old school bollywood. Full of melody, great music arrangements by Vishal Bhardwaj.

Music Review: Mughal-E-Azam (1960)

Mughal-E-Azam’s music has truly played an important role in its phenomenal success. In this epic love story, Naushad’s melodies paired with Shakeel Badayuni’s lyrics were unbeatable. K. Asif took a decade to create his grand epic, “Mughal-e-Azam”. He made sure that each and every part of his baby depicted emotions on an epic scale. They say that the music is the soul of the film and it is no surprise then that K. Asif and Naushad made sure that the songs were unforgettable and luxuriously romantic. “Mughal-e-Azam” reminds us why we still have the song-and-dance formula in Hindi films. The music and poetry can add so many depths to a legendary romance and make many people want to revisit that film again and again. No wonder then that this film is now accepted as the definitive version of the Salim-Anarkali story.