Vikram Bhatt movies have always been high on trendy musical substance and have mainly catered to the commercial needs of the market. His forthcoming venture 1920, a periodic love story tries to be path-breaking or innovative to the largest possible extent. Adnan Sami makes consequential melodic moves by imbibing the traits of Indian classic music by having maestros like Pandit Jasraj, Parveen Sultana and Shubha Mudgal taking the centre-stage. It's a big task to expect anything commercially striking in album that is designed to attract classes. Does it have the bankable thrust of appealing to the hoi polloi?
Adnan Sami makes an intelligible experimental move as he makes Pandit Jasraj sings out nostalgia of romanticism in a song epitomizing about "promises" in a love relationships in contours of electronically profound composition in "Vaada Tumse Hain Vaada". It's a worth-hearing number where one can experience the expertise of Indian classical singing of Pandit Jasraj in flows of modernized somber arrangements. Sameer's expressively articulate wordings get amicably rewarded as they gets emoted out by the great maestro with well synchronized feminine chorals in the backdrop. The concluding part of the number has great ‘alaaps' rendition that shows the immaculate strength of classical singing in it. Parveen Sultana, another luminary in classical singing sings out the female version. It's another listening delight for all classical singing lovers where fusion arrangements get mellowed out in its poignant wordings. It has great aesthetical melodic values (as per antiquated subject of the flick) and should be working as great narrative catalyst to deliver an everlasting impact of eternal love on big screen. Classical to the core!
Shubha Mudgal, classy folk singer comes out as third major entrant from classical singing genre vocalist in the album to song a raunchy folk track "Bichua". Sami experiments with peculiar singing of Shubha Mudgal than employing regulars like Richa Sharma to evolve a quintessentially periodical feel of bygone era in this ostentatiously loud number. It tries to recreate classy feel of "Chad Gayo Papi Bichua" (MADHUMATI (1958)) but the intensity lacks ire of piercing senses. Shubha Mudgal's vocals are suited to the hilt for the occasion and it will be its slick chorographical moves that will further be dictating its verdict on charts. The "club mix" is conceived to race senses for the party animals where echoing impacts, disco beat fillers and DJ claps are infused to give it a party feasting impact.
"Aise Jalta Hai Jiya", a daunting and mesmerizing romantic number by versatile Asha Bhonsle tries to recreate the romantic impulse of undying love with 60's style of arrangements. Sami gives it an archetypical outlook by relying heavily on contemporary arrangements to deliver an intimidating feel of isolated beloved singing out for her lover.
In terms of concept, its feel is akin to the classy feel of Lataji immortal melody "Aaja Re Pardesi" (MADHUMATI (1958)) while the composition reminds of Sami's very own super-hit number "Kabhi to Nazar Milao". It's a well ushered situational track that has the whim of delivering some engrossing moments in film's narration.
Kailash Kher's somber and expressive vocals try to create a haunting feel of everlasting love in sluggishly conceived arrangements with routine sounding in "Tujhe Main Pyar Karu". It sounds like a background number where soft piano drills, haunting violin notes and sensuous feminine 'alaaps' camouflages together to deliver an intensifying feel of lost love. It's another expressively conceived situational number that is likely to be working progressively in the compelling moments of the film.
"1920 (Theme)", a lonesome instrumental number shows the immaculate command of Adnan Sami on keyboards as he mixes it's notes with soft and synchronized piano and violin works to deliver subtle romantic feel of the film.
Vikram Bhatt's 1920 work more on experimental moves that caters to the needs and situations of the film. It's overtly classy and peculiar musical feel may be a bit difficult for young listeners to digest but overall it's a great listening experience to have maestros like Pandit Jasraj and Parveen Sultana singing in a Bollywood flick. Soundtracks like "Vaada Hai Tumse Vaada" stand out as the most impressive of the entire lot while "Bichua" is expected to draw crowds in theatres for its massy raunchy appeal.