The film that marks the comeback of the most lovable and identifiable 'jodi' of the 80s, Farooque Shaikh and Deepti Naval (SAATH SAATH, CHASHME BUDDOOR, KATHA) etc is LISTEN... AMAYA, directed by Avinash Kumar Singh. A sweet, heartwarming film that takes a deep look into the complex relationships in life certainly holds promise for some lovely music. The music department is headed by the young and multi-talented Indraneel Hariharan with lyrics by Punam Hariharan. So let's get the ball rolling and check out what these fresh talents have in store for us.
The very first song that one comes across is 'Hey Hey Mrs. K'
, and even though it's not the title track, it aptly gives an insight into the film and also throws light on the character of one of the lead protagonist, Leela Krishnamoorthy (essayed by Deepti Naval), who is referred to as Mrs K, owner of a coffee-cum-book shop. The composer ably creates a feel good atmosphere with light music arrangements comprising of guitar, harmonica, flute and beads and flowing melody. Lyrics are apt and help carry the narrative forward. All the singers, the main and chorus, Ankur Sabarwal, Vidhi Sharma, Jeetendra Singh Jamwal and the composer himself do a very good job.
Light guitar strums commence another soft, light hearted, situational track, 'Mann Ki Patang'
, rendered effortlessly by Vidhi Sharma, whose soft, pleasantly 'on purpose' husky vocals are a delight to savour. It's almost like an unplugged version with the vocals hinging on just guitar strum background. Lovely flute piece in the middle captures attention. Lyrics are not only inspirational but very innovative and apt. The song is the same corridor as Rahman's iconic number 'Chhoti Si Asha'
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The multifarious composer showcases his immensely impressive vocal prowess with his own rendition of 'Mann Ki Patang'
, and the song is a delight to listen during its second outing as well.
Farooque Shaikh and Deepti Naval exude that rare charm which is hard to find in any romance depicted on screen of late. Their expressions, timing and reasoning, punctuated with deft silences are what excellent performances are all about. Swara Bhaskar as Amaya invites you to reach out and slap her. If she has been able to evoke that response from the viewer, then it has to be a grand performance.
First time director Avinash Kumar Singh gets his screenplay to perfection in depicting the plight of our so-called forward thinking youngsters. He also dwells on the pain of Amaya who has grown up without the protective arm of her father and explores, very subtly the torment of Jayant (Farooq Sheikh) and Leela (Deepti Naval). He also lets you take a walk into the mind of Amaya, who puts society before self and family.
At the end of the day, we all have our lives to live. When the children are ready to leave the nest, don't single parents have the right to love someone?
It's not always about sex.
LISTEN... AMAYA is for everyone who has the time to look beyond the needs of self.
Take a bow, Avinash Kumar Singh and Geeta Singh. A 'now' story, lovingly told!
Movie Cast & Crew
Actor: Farooque Shaikh, Deepti Naval and Swara Bhaskar
Lyrics: Punam Hariharan
Director: Avinash Kumar Singh
Music Director: Indraneel Hariharan