After the blockbuster success of their last major outing, JAB TAK HAI JAAN
, India's premier production house, Yash Raj Films' next offering is a high octane action drama AURANGZEB
that sees Arjun Kapoor
back on the big screen after a successful debut (courtesy YRF!), ISHAQZAADE
. The film also marks the debut of Sasha Agha, daughter of popular actress-singer, Salma Agha, and boasts of an ensemble cast comprising of the likes of Rishi Kapoor
, Jackie Shroff
, south super star Prithviraj and Swara Bhaskar
This time around their trusted and tried composers have been given a miss and keeping the dark, serious and tense dramatic subject of the film in mind, music is composed by two young and relatively fresh talents, Amartya Rahut and Vipin Sharma, both of whom are highly rated as passionate composers. So let's check out what these young guns have to offer!
The number already making a mark and striking a positive chord with the Gen X is 'Barbaadiyaan'
, a scintillating club dance track that has a lively rhythm and superb arrangements. Rendered superbly by Sasha Agha (a worthy successor to her mother's singing legacy) who also features in the dance track along with Arjun Kapoor. Giving a good support is Ram Sampath. Puneet Sharma's lyrics are certainly a departure from the usual dance numbers. CHECK OUT: AURANGZEB - Arjun Kapoor & Sasha Agha's intense love-making scenes
While the first version was a dance number, the next 'Barbaadi'
is more rockish with emphasis on the strong vocals of lead singer, K Mohan (Agnee). The lively rhythm of the original has been slowed down and the crescendo, 'Barbaadi'
, is certainly the highlight of the track. Kudos to composer Amartya Rahut for both the versions as they are both excellent though so very different from one another.
The highly talented Keerthi Sagathia showcases his vocal prowess once again with another sad situational 'sufi' outing, 'Jigra Fakira', composed by Vipin Sharma. The classy Hindustani arrangements add to the old world charm but at times the all Punjabi lyrics are a bit too difficult to comprehend.
The title track, 'Aurangzeb'
, composed-penned by Vipin Sharma is a slow paced, situational theme piece that effectively reflects the agonizing mental state of the lead protagonist- tired and broken down after a bloody battle. The choir like chorus led by Marianne D'Cruz, Aiman is the USP of the track.
'Aurangzeb-The Rock Version'
stands true to its title as it is a superb hard rock track which is an all-round excellent showcase for this ex-Parikrama band member, Vipin Sharma, and would be patronized by the lovers of the rock genre.
After this there are as many as four superb instrumentals which are likely to feature as background scores during dramatic and emotional moments.
'Trial By Fire'
Main Theme has lots of violin, harmonica and some lovely orchestral arrangements with trumpets and saxophones and bass and piano. 'Battleground Gurgaon'
is more heavy and serious (as the film is based in Gurgaon!) with some brilliant philharmonic orchestra and signature tune of AURANGZEB. CHECK OUT: AURANGZEB's new song 'Jigra Fakira': Arjun Kapoor in despair'The Father's Truth'
is a delight to listen to with new sounds and excellent orchestrations.
Orchestral Instrumental is a nice addition to the above versions and makes for a good hear.
The audio of AURANGZEB is indeed a connoisseur's pick with classy music, and the addition of so many instrumentals adds to the class of the album and our favourites are 'Barbaadiyaan'
and 'Jigra Fakira'
. What must be mentioned here is that the album is not mass appealing, and that is the only hitch here as most of Yash Raj Films' music has always been patronized by both mass and class. However Gen X and class will lap up the audio and that should spell success for the film when it releases on 17th May worldwide.