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Music Review : Inkaar

Director :  Sudhir Mishra
Music :  Shantanu Moitra
Lyrics :  Swanand Kirkere
Starring :  Deepti Naval, Arjun Rampal and Chitrangadha Singh

December 25, 2012 07:39:23 PM IST
By Abid, Bollywood Trade Editorial
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When Sudhir Mishra and Prakash Jha , two great and iconic filmmakers, both known for their offbeat yet entertaining dark films, with equally high class music, come together for any project, expectations are bound to be very high. Another plus is that the music department is in the deft hands of two very famous names, Shantanu Moitra and Swanand Kirkere, who have given some melodious and memorable music in the past, and especially for Sudhir's iconic HAZAARON KHWAHISHEIN AISI. So let's check out their latest offering.

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High stringed guitar riffs set the theme for the first song of the album, 'Darmiyaan', and lyricist Swanand Kirkere, who gets to show his equally proficient singing abilities, is simply outstanding in his deep throated husky vocals. A highly charged 'hatke' love ballad that has a touch of traditional 'qawwali' and semi-sufi enclosed in soft rock ambience with a very hummable tune. Lyrics are simply superb with some lovely use of simple Urdu. A good song first up.

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The album moves on with a lovely traditional sufi 'qawwali' fusion with rock and jazz, 'Maula Tu Malik Hai' that brings together both the composer and lyricist and their jugalbandi is the highlight of the track. The racy rhythm is indeed praiseworthy and the 'mukhda', 'Allah tu malik hai, Maula tu malik hai very catchy. A potential chartbuster that sets pace for a thrilling drama.

The next number 'Yeh Zindagi Ka Karobar' is along the same lines (in terms of genre), as another upcoming track ('Kuch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai'), and is rendered by K Mohan, the lead singer of famous rock band Agnee. The composition seems to be inspired by Doors iconic rock number, 'Roadhouse Blues', but it has been cleverly handled by the composer who has used it to good effect. However it's the superb lyrics that capture attention and also give a sneak peek into the gist of the movie.

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It's an all-out hard rock that kick starts 'Kuch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai', a song that could be used in tense dramatic situations in the background and is sung by the rockstar himself, Suraj Gagan, who is good as always and so are the musical accompaniments. However the tune that Shantanu chooses is quite bland and so does nt manage to create that much impact.

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Last up is the 'INKAAR Theme' that is an instrumental with primarily guitar, keyboards, violin and piano along with some lovely, soft and seductive back up croonings by Monali Thakur.

Summing up, the audio of INKAAR is quite in the same corridor as most Sudhir Mishra music albums from his previous films, though with Prakash Jha as producer one expected the bar to be raised a bit higher here. 'Darmiyaan' and 'Maula Tu Malik Hai' are the pick of the lot and have the potential to climb the charts if promoted properly.

Rating: 3.5

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