From the makers of critically and commercially acclaimed films like CHILLAR PARTY, KHOSLA KA GHOSLA and THE GOOD ROAD (Gujarati film selected to represent India at the Oscars), comes another kid flick, SHORTCUT SAFARI . Having being screened at many film festivals and having won numerous accolades the debut directorial venture of ace cinematographer, producer and now director, Amitabha Singh, is ready to hit the screens. And one does expect the music to be in theme with the story, that revolves around seven urban school going children trapped in a dense forest during their school outing.
The album starts on a real hatke note with the cool, heart pleasing track 'Bako Sufu
'. The song composed (and written and sung) by music director, Rohit Sharma (SHIP OF THESEUS), is an important track of the film and conveys the mood and spirit of the jungle adventure film, and provides a peak into the film through a superb animation piece. The lyrics are undecipherable as it's a new language that has been created (by composer himself), just for the kids and the kiddie flick, but music knows no language and the song is adorable!
Veteran singer, Sadhna Sargam enthrals with a splendid rendition with the lovely motivational track, 'Ek Dhara Ke Jan Gan
' and is supported well by Atreyi Bhattacharya, who also puts up a good show with a conversational/ poetry type rendition. The theme unity in diversity and loving Mother Nature and caring for one another is conveyed poetically through this composition by Rohit Sharma.
A nice, joyful, peppy journey song 'Dip Dip Dara
' establishes the playful and fun loving characteristics of the leads as they make their way into the jungle. Light music arrangements and rap are in sync with the jungle adventure theme of the film and will act as a narrative.
'Zor Laga De
' (composed by Samir-Mana), as is evident, is an urge to go on and not to lose hope and it's a nice children rap (that reminds one of Dadamuni's iconic 'Rail Gaadi
') that will translate well on screen.
' is a very rhythmic, peppy, motivational number (written well by Vijay Maurya) sung superbly by Shaan who puts in all his enthu and zest. Samir-Mana choses a lovely tune and one is sure that the song will certainly be appreciated by not just the target audience (children) but also their parents and grandparents.
Summing up, the album of SHORTCUT SAFARI is well and truly in sync with the theme of the film and its songs will act as an interesting narrative to the plot. Our picks are 'Bako Sufu', 'Ek Dhara Ke Jan Gan'
and 'Piggy Bank'
. The songs will act as plus for the film which releases all over end April.Music Review Rating Chart :-
Excellent - 4.5 & above
Very Good - 4
Good - 3.5
Average/Passable - 3
Pathetic - 2.5 & below