Ismail Darbar is a name to be reckoned with, I mention this in the present tense as his caliber of work remains strong even after Devdas. If at any point in time, one goes back and looks at these compositions, you will realize the detailing involved in each of his songs. In Devdas particular he enriches the story to such an extent that one cannot simply ignore the songs, or even forget the meaningful layering behind them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.