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Music Review : Udaan

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Starring :
 Vikramaditya Motwane
 Amit Trivedi
 Amitabh Bhattacharya and Anurag Kashyap
 Rajat Barmecha, Ronit Roy, Aayan Boradia, Ram Kapoor, Manjot Singh, Anand Tiwari, Suman Mastkar and Raja Hudda

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Whenever any Indian film makes it to international film festivals, it creates news and develops a sense of rendezvous of meaningful and experimental happening on big screen. This Vikramaditya Motwane directed flick, UDAAN, a journey of a young boy for his dreams, is the only official Indian entry at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival and so expectations for something experimental is predicable. Backed by writer turned director Anurag Kashyap (BLACK FRIDAY, DEV D and GULAAL), it brings on gifted Amit Trivedi as the leading music composer with poetically affluent Amitabh Bhattacharya as the reliable lyricist for this thought-provoking subject. To refresh memories about Amit Trivedi, there was nostalgic "Iktara" (WAKE UP SID -2009), amusing "Emotional Atyachar", impressive "Payaaliya" and folksy "Dhol Yaara Dhol" (DEV D -2009) to his credits. UDAAN (meaning "flight") gives him another forum to deliver out his credentials that should be matching the needful requirements of the flick. Despite low on commercial contents and bankable face value, the music deserves extra efforts to make itself audible in the marquee. DEV D was a big surprise and now UDAAN holds many promises of its kind in its experimental genre. Can we expect another big surprise from Amit Trivedi? Does it have anything as alluring as "Iktara" in its packaging? Let's take flight in its musical territories and discover facts...

Motivationally awakening! Upbeat soft-rock rhythms get into sublime mode to emote out the inspirational hues of protagonist in delightfully composed "Kahaani-Aankhon Ke Pardon Pe". Joi Barua and Neumena Pinto sings in tandem to sensitize out a typical rock-band feel in brief but invigorating Amitabh Bhattaharya's wordings that talk about new horizons of life. Amit Trivedi makes confident start with this guitar strummed inspired background score that is likely to be adding substance in the narrative flows. Both vocalists make maximum impact in their huskier baritones that are later amalgam with rock-musical antics to evoke out the thematically profound appeal.

The title UDAAN gets a perfect song for its theme with poetic verses getting optimum trapping of soft-rock connotations in meticulously composed "Geet Mein Dhalte Lafzon Mein". After making impressive start to the album, Amit Trivedi aesthetics gets better and materializes out a perfect "10" theme track for this path-breaking flick. Like Salim-Suleiman's "Aashayein" (IQBAL -2005), this "menthol-ized" paced inspirational track is high on writing ("Geet mein dhalte lafzon, mein, Taal pe chalti nabzon mein, Naya kuchh naya to zaroor hai, Shaam se leke sehron mein, Dhoop jadi duphero mein, Naya kuchh naya to zaroor hai...) and is well balanced in its varying melodic tones, emoting out spectrum of emotions and situations. Amit Trivedi along with lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya makes perfect singing pair as they sings their parts well with fine grounding of tangy soft rock musical elements. This composition has added archetypical 70's rhythm "n" blues with fine concoction of distorted electric guitar riffs, rigorous kick-drumming and thriving percussions. Trivedi scores both as vocalist and composer and creates a likable chartbuster in the making and deserves accolades for generating life in this genre. Chartbuster!!!

Following the inspirational hues of previous tracks, the next soundtrack "Udaan-Nadi Mein Talab Hai" comes with similar tonality, set of arrangements and sounds like sequel to them. It has relatively higher tempo in its thriving beat patterns and comes with similar 70's rock band appeal. Amit Trivedi sings this with Joi Barua and Neuman Pinto and together they sounds like enthused choral singers, singing out their heart out for those inspiring moments in the flick. Once again, the lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya creates motivating feel in his meaningful writing about UDAAN and gives it a momentous "feel-good" song feel

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Remember "Dhol Yaara" (DEV D -2009)? It was one of most note-worthy attribute in folksy genre that got rave reviews from everywhere and made style-statement of its kind. Amit Trivedi creates similar hysterical rustic feel in Mohan's earthy voices that gets amiable support of rock cum folksy composition in impressive sounding "Naav-Chadhti Lehrein Laang Na Paye". The composer scores brownie points in giving it a "fusion" feel that is strikingly high on hard-metal rock feel. Amitabh Bhattacharya's lyrics maintain motivational binge with added folklore based wordings, giving it an edgy sporty feel. Mohan's resonating high vocals are impressive in modulating tones and are well suited to the occasion. Trivedi maintains consistency in quality and standards and delivers three back-to-back impressive background scores for this off-beat album. Impressive!!!

For all those listeners who have rejoiced crap-wording tracks like "Pappu Can't Dance Saala" (JAANE TU YA JAANE NA -2008), "Ae Ganpat" (SHOOTOUT AT LOKHANDWALA-2007) ) and recently heard "Ullu Da Pattha" (TERE BIN LADEN), there is added amusement in weirdly written "Motumaster-Iski Maa Agar Isse". This Anurag Kashyap's written song works more on bizarre phrases, verbatim and one-liners and is likely to be making more relevance in its on-screen displays. There is variety of sounds, noises and voices and packs line-up of singers like Raman Mahadevan, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Bonnie Chakraborty, Kshitij, Shriram Ayyar, Tochi, Amit Trivedi and Anurag Kashyap to deliver out the frolicking feel of the situation.

"Aazaadiyan-Pairon Ki Bediyan", the last original soundtracks completes the chain of previously heard motivational tracks and gives final touches to this thought-provoking saga. It's another "avant-garde" and speaks language of happenings that should be inspirational for all those who prefer quality soft-rock music. Trivedi's intellect in imbibing classical "sitar" strings add to the soulful hues and extrudes it out in format of another impressive sounding "concert" rock song. There is brilliance of equilibrium in team-work of soft-toned Amit Trivedi, Neuman Pinto, Amitabh Bhattacharya and Nikhil D'Souza that gives it an urbane youthful rollicking "campus" feel. Bhattacharya's expressive notes on "Aazaadiyan" (freedom) ("Subah ki kirno ko rokein jo salaakhein hai kahan, Jo khayalon pe pehre daale woh aankhein hai kahan...) has that combustible ire that should be fuelling out the sentiments of protagonist. After hearing this note-worthy add, Amit Trivedi succeeds in creating set of impressive background scores that should be an added factor in story-telling mode and will be positive feature in flick's promotion and success. Inspiring!!!

The impressive musical show ends delightfully with soothing instrumental piano works that are subtly melancholic in its display in beautifully composed "Udaan theme". Felix Hug shows his deftness in piano drills that shows sensitivity of moments with added back-up vocals of Neuman Pinto and Joi Barua. It's enchanting in display and should be "worth-a-try" for all contemporary Bollywood music lovers.

UDAAN is "flight-to-success" in its experimental genre of cinema and delivers high standards of composing, singing and writing. After delivering out potential works in films like AAMIR (2008), DEV D (2009) and WAKE UP SID (2009), Amit Trivedi continues to impress with his style of work that is thematically oriented and is still entertaining for its target listeners. There is minty freshness and connectivity of thoughts in tracks like "Geet Mein Dhalte Lafzon Mein", "Naav-Chadhti Lehrein Laang Na Paye", "Kahaani-Aankhon Ke Pardon Pe", "Nadi Mein Talab Hai" and "Aazaadiyan-Pairon Ki Bediyan", which gives it the extra edge over many experimental albums. Lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya deserves special applause for being rationally poetic and descriptively expressive in all his works. For all classy listeners, there is something special in store for them in give it a try, you won't be disappointed!!!

Rating - 3.5/5

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