Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Phantom Productions' latest venture, QUEEN, directed by Vikas Bahl (of CHILLAR PARTY fame) boasts of music by new age composer Amit Trivedi, who's last outing LOOTERA was indeed a superlative musical fare. One is used to hearing new sounds and melodies composed by Amit and so we expect him to come up with some heart- warming and novel musical offerings that will indeed be in keeping with the theme of the movie.
It is a chartbusting start that Amit provides through the Punjabi folk based dance number composition, 'London Thumakda'
. A totally bindaas
fun dance number that certainly urges one to shake a leg through its zabardast
rhythm. Labh Janjua is class and Neha and Sonu Kakkar come in briefly to provide the oomph and variety. Anvita's lyrics are simply superb (how she changes the evergreen, 'latthe di chadar'
is simply hilarious) with references to London's Big Ben, Queen Victoria, Madonna's 'Like a Virgin' etc.
Superb orchestrations and harmonica along with lovely Hindustani musical arrangements (sitar) are the USP of 'Badra Bahaar'
. The lively situational track that emphasizes the character of the female lead protagonist through a superb fusion of Hindustani and west. Amit Tridevi's mature, base vocals add to the philosophical lyrics.
The trance music of the party number, 'O Gujariya' reminds one of the chartbusting and now iconic dance track, 'Slowly Slowly' (GO GOA GONE) but later on the Shefali Alvares and Nikhil D'Souza sung number, changes track and the groovy rhythm does grip. The last stanza where the funky number goes all rock is classy.CHECK OUT: QUEEN - Songs Lyrics
The feel good number, 'Taanke Jhaanke'
sees the hit boy, Arijit Singh, in a totally new avatar
, and he does come out with flying colours. The simple free flowing melody endears and so do the masterly lyrics that bring out the ambience well.
This is Amit Trivedi's version of 'Jugni'
, and no it's not the iconic Punjabi folk song that we are talking about! It is a totally different number with just references to 'Jugni'
who is depicted more as a character who breaks all barriers and flies out searching for freedom after making a place in everyone's heart. Amit sings well, though someone more accomplished in rock (KK or Suraj Jagan) would have been a better choice.
/ separation track that has its base in soft rock and Hindustani raga 'Harjaiyaan'
is sung adeptly by Nadini Srikar. The pathos of the jilted lover is expressed well through some novel words by the lyricist. CHECK OUT: QUEEN Movies Special
The philosophical situational number, 'Kinare'
is another feel good number that spreads the message of working hard to achieve one's goal and swimming against the tide to reach the shore (kinara
). Mohan Kanan, the rockstar sings well keeping his vocals subdued and energized at the same time to convey the noble message.
The album ends with the superb Punjabi folk based 'heer'
like number, 'Ranjha'
, that sees the robust and heart rending vocals of Rupesh Ram Kumar in an almost unplugged manner with just minimal musical background and is a delight to savour, though its appeal will be limited!
The musical album of QUEEN is indeed a delightful fare and Amit Trivedi once again shows his mastery over new sounds and simple but delightful melodies and arrangements. The songs add to the narrative and our picks are, 'London Thumakda'
, 'Badra Bahar'
. The musical success and patronage will surely aid the film in the long run and ensure a decent opening for the film when it releases all over on 7th March.