Expectations are not really that big from the audio of SARBJIT, a serious autobiographical drama based on real life story of an innocent Indian (Punjabi) man convicted for spying in Pakistani jail and his sister's fight for justice. Directed by Omung Kumar, who has now carved out a name for himself in Bollywood with an acclaimed and commercially successful biopic like MARY KOM, one does look forward to this one.
We did not really expect a soft, melodious, romantic start but 'Salamat
', the Amaal Malik composed and Rashmi Virag written composition provides exactly that. Arjit and Tulsi Kumar are thoroughly professional here and the song does leave an impression with its sombre Hindustani arrangements and feel.
Jeet Ganguly's 'Dard
' is a sad, poignant and serious situational separation number but the very slow drawl tune does not do much for the cause of this average track. The crescendo and Sonu Nigam's evocative rendition are the best thing about the song.
A true blue desi Punjabi celebratory 'bhangra
' number, 'Tung Luk
' that has its base on a famous Punjabi folk and it really brightens up the dull, sad atmosphere. The Shail-Pritesh composed track comes as whiff of fresh air due to its unadulterated Punjabi by nature feel and Shail Hada, Sunidhi Chauhan and Kalpana Gandharv render the number with zest.
Tanishk Bagchi's 'Rabba
' is another sad, serious dramatic number, keeping in mind the script and story of the movie, and appears to be a background score. It's nice to hear Ustad Shafqat Amanat Ali (after a while), who does well in this situational number.
' is a sufi based all traditional 'qawwali
' composition by Shail-Pritesh. The song is situational and appears to be a number with the backdrop of a dargah (shrine) where the lead has gone to pray. Sukhwinder is class apart with his superb rendition, while Shail Hada and Munnawar Masoom provide adequate back up support.
', a soft, semi-classical all Hindustani sad number sung well by Shail Hada, and will be appreciated by connoisseurs of good classical music.
The all Punjabi semi-classical devotional feel is carried through 'Allah Hu Allah
' which is another situational devotional remember where the lead pines for his loved ones and pleads to the almighty . Shaasha Tirupti, Altamash and Rabbani Mustafa render the song well. One just wished it was more energetic.
Another sad, pathos written all over number, 'Mera Junoon
' is a situational where the lead keeps up the search for her missing brother, sung with emotions by Shail Hada.
' is an extension of 'Mera Junoon
', it's in the same corridor as the rest and provides a good view of what to expect from the movie.
The album rounds of with the 'Sarbjit Theme
', which is a lovely instrumental piece composed by Shail-Pritesh.
The audio of SARBJIT is quite on the lines of what we expected, and is slightly morose keeping in mind the sad, serious situations in the script and will find limited acceptance due to its very Punjabi feel. Our picks- 'Salamat
', 'Tung Luk
' and 'Meherbaan
'. However the music has quality and class and its popularity will depend on the fate of the movie, which releases all over on May 20, 2016.Music Review Rating Chart :-
Excellent - 4.5 & above
Very Good - 4
Good - 3.5
Average/Passable - 3
Pathetic - 2.5 & below