Young Syed Ahmed Afzal's directorial debut venture YOUNGISTAAN's iconic number, 'Suno Na Sangemarmar
' is still fresh in the minds of music lovers and one expects some good melodious offerings from his latest LAAL RANG. The intense, drama thriller set Haryana, demands music that flows with the script and no better than Vipin Patwa, the really knowledgeable music director (with PhD and MPhil in music) to do the honours, along with Shiraz Uppal, the composer of the iconic 'Suno Na' and Mathias Duplessy.
It's quite a lovely soulful start to the album with the Haryanvi folk based 'Bhaang Ragad Ke
', a song seeped in pure love for the beloved who is akin to the almighty, being too high and mighty, while the lead considers himself a cipher, in comparison. While the lyrics in chaste Haryanvi may not be comprehensible to all, but the superb folksy rhythm hooks instantly. Vikas Kumar and Vipin are excellent and the background chorals add to the folk charm.
The same can be said about melodious and racy 'Bawli Booch
', composed by Mathias Duplessy (who is now a known name in Bollywood with films like FINDING FANNY) which appears to be yet another Haryanvi folk based number but it's very catchy, melodious and easy on the lips folk tune.
The song which has the merit to emulate 'Suno Na Sangemarmar
' (in terms of popularity) is the gem of a sufi love ballad, 'Mera Mann
' composed by Shiraz Uppal, with a lovely, flowing simple raaga based tune (with nice alaaps) and elegant arrangements. Lyrics (Shakeel Sohail) are once again simple, very easy on the lips. Kashif Ali renders the number with effortless charm and and is supported well by Shiraz himself.
' is a very dramatic, soft rock based, situational and very unique number (composed by Mathias Duplessy) where the lead appears to be on a self-exploratory mission and is questioning the almighty his state and existence and is given a befitting reply as well. The lyrics (by Kausar Munir) are reflective of 'Shikwa Jawab-e-Shikwa
' by Allahama Iqbal). Mukhtiyar Ali and Sameer Khan are superb and so are the rock arrangements and crescendo.
Mathias Duplessy's soft rock based title track, 'Laali
' contains the spirit of LAAL RANG (which refers to blood) and it provides an interesting peak into the story and it serious, intense and dramatic, although the tune is heard before. The lyrics (Kausar Munir) are apt and is line with the script. Sameer Khan does a fine job.
The album is signed off with, 'Kharch Karod
' another very rhythmic Haryanvi folk based fun, love song, a sort of a propositioning number that should love translate well. The signature background tune, the arrangements and 'mukhda
' is very catchy. Vikas and Vipin deliver the number with zest.
The slower version is a nice repeat hear, a sort of pensive, sad version almost unplugged with minimal background music.
Summing up, the audio of Syed Ahmed Afzal's LAAL RANG is as unconventional (or 'league se hatke') as his film, and leaves a lasting impact into the minds of the discerning music aficionados. Our picks- 'Bhaang Ragad Ke
', 'Mera Mann
' and 'Bawli Booch
'. The strong Haryanvi flavour might limit its appeal, and so the universal acceptance that YOUNGISTAAN got will only be seen after the release of the film as the songs are situational and the set up is rural Haryana. Music Review Rating Chart :-
Excellent - 4.5 & above
Very Good - 4
Average/Passable - 3
Pathetic - 2.5 & below