Class director of films like TUM BIN, DUS and RA. ONE, Anubhav Sinha's films have always had chartbusting music. And one knows for sure that Anubhav has an ear for good classy music. So we expect some nice, melodious folk based compositions in GULAAB GANG, which is the next venture of his own production house Benaras Media Works in association with Sahara Motion Pictures. Multi-talented Soumik Sen composes, aided by lyricists Neha Saraf and Shreya Narayan. So let's get on and check out the music of a film, which perhaps for the first time in Bollywood history deals with two powerful female protagonists, pitted against each other.
The number, 'Gulaabi
' sketches the strong, intense, larger than life character of the lead protagonist, and it can be also classified as the theme song as it gives an insight into the story, very much like 'Omkara
'. The tune that Soumik chooses suits the mood and so do the apt Hindustani musical arrangements with abundant use of 'dhol
' etc. The strong and deep throated vocals of singers, Malabika Brahma and Shipla Rao are tailor made for the song.
The situational socio-political 'Dheemi Dheemi Si'
, a song of awakening takes a dig at the power hungry politicians and has a nice fusion of folk and semi-classical and takes a rather unusual and novel route musically. Kaushiki Chakraborty comes in with the melodious 'mukhda' while Malabika Brahma (the new female Sukhwinder!) chips in with the dark humour filled vociferous style rendition. Lyrics are apt as well as interesting and topical.CHECK OUT: GULAAB GANG Movie Dialogues
' sounds and lovely harmonica kick off the item song of the year, 'Sharm Laaj
', which hooks with its lovely gripping rhythm and it would be a treat to watch the dancing queen, Madhuri's spellbinding moves on screen. Malabika does well, ably supported by Pavni Pandey.
Kaushiki Chakrabory's loud, clear and gripping vocals are the highlight of 'Aankhiyaan
', rendered almost unplugged with minimalistic arrangements creating a poignant and a haunting atmosphere. The sad and poignant mood is set up through some nice words and slow drawl melody.
'Rang Se Hui
' is not the usual 'masti-bhara
' holi dance-cum-celebration number that one is used in Bollywood, though it does start off in that manner with some lavish arrangements. Later on the song changes its hue and carries serious political overtones and acts as a narrative. The 'alaaps
' towards the fag end are simply superb and bring the song to a fantastic end.
Another classy traditional folk number, 'Rangi Saari Gulaabi
', has been rendered well by the diva herself, Madhuri Dixit, with her mother Snehlata Dixit chipping in between in her honey sweet, geriatric vocals, with Anupama Raag supporting well. The 'shehnai
' forms an integral part of the proceedings and so this appears to be a wedding number. CHECK OUT: GULAAB GANG - Songs Lyrics
Nothing rustic or rural about this, 'Teri Jai Ho
' is an anthem that pays a rich tribute to our women and their importance in the society. Soumik Sen renders this number with emotions keeping his vocals low pitched yet conveying the message well. Musically the atmosphere created is western and contemporary. The song takes up the cause of women and talks about their empowerment and looks forward to a future where women will be treated as equals and lead in every sphere of life. An honest and commendable effort and hats off to composer, singer and lyricist (here) Soumik Sen.
Summing up, the album of GULAAB GANG is indeed a lovely musical treat with all the songs fitting into the narrative and taking the story forward. The superb amalgamation of folk and semi-classical is the highlight of the album and our favourites are 'Gulaabi
', 'Sharm Laaj
' and 'Teri Jai Ho
'. The songs will gain more popularity once the film releases on March 7th, 2014 appropriately just prior to Women's Day (8th March).