Balaji Motion Pictures is indeed going through its best phase with some piping hot films like LOOTERA
, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI AGAIN
slated for release in the near future. Talking about Vikramaditya Motwane, his directorial debut venture, UDAAN
, might not be remembered for any memorable music but it was a rare critical and commercial success, starring mostly newcomers in lead roles. Cut to his next, LOOTERA, which stars the latest superstar in the making, Ranveer Singh
, looking in awesome form, accompanied by ethnic beauty, Sonakshi Sinha
and not to forget master actor Adil Hussain! The film is a love story and so one expects some nice melodious music from the new age composer-lyricist duo, Amit Trivedi and Amitabh Bhattacharya. So let's check out whether they will be able to handle an out an out romantic album with élan!
The album opens with the song already in the news and on the lips, 'Sawaar Loon'
, and one instantly falls in love with this superb love ballad that has an old world charm about it that suits the earthy Hindustani beauty, lead actress (Sonakshi Sinha) to the tee. The enchanting background musical arrangements (flute, organ, 'santoor', guitar) is spellbinding and so is Monali Thakur's flawless rendition. Amit-Amitabh carve out a gem; a song that will be remembered for a long time to come as a superb love ditty.
Next up 'Ankahee'
is another example of classy and delightful musical arrangements, fine singing by Amitabh Bhattacharya and some thought provoking lyrics. The composition may be inspired to some extent in the 'mukhda'
by 'Do Naina Ek Kahani'
(MASOOM) but Amit's handling of the track is exemplary. CHECK OUT: Karan Johar - Ranveer-Sonakshi's chemistry in LOOTERA exudes silent sensuality
Swanand Kirkire and Amitabh Bhattacharya, two of Indian cinema's classy lyricists come together, not to pen a song but to render it, and the song is 'Monta Re'
! History in the making! Indeed! A song with the rustic flavor of Bengal attached to it, not only in terms of tune but also for the intermittent use of comprehensible Bengali language, the number hooks the listeners. A really 'hatke'
love song that is indeed highly addictive and one is reminded of the S.D. Burman days of yore through this lovely number.
Guitar strums and superb racy arrangements herald, no, not an item number but a totally situational semi-philosophical track, 'Zinda'
, a soft rock composition rendered brilliantly by the composer Amit Trivedi. Pensive lyrics that urge to be left alone, 'Mujhe chhod do mere haal pe'
narrates the hopeless situation aptly and beautifully.
The album concludes with 'Manmarziyaan'
where Shilpa Rao leads the vocals and the composer-lyricist duo Amitabh Bhattacharya, Amit Trivedi join the intermittent blissful chorus. A song that talks about the heady feeling of falling in love and the after effects, through some lovely background arrangements and nice hummable tune.
Just the other day, we were a tad disappointed with Amit-Amitabh for their average soundtrack in GHANCHAKKAR, but they have simply stunned with some amazingly delightful and totally original compositions. Our pick, all the songs! In fact, it will not be an exaggeration to compare the music of this album to late Pancham Da's swan song, the awesome 1942-A LOVE STORY, the memorable music of which is still popular to this day. Says a lot about LOOTERA! A must have!