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Music Review : Aatma

Director :  Suparn Verma
Music :  Sangeet Haldipur, Siddharth Haldipur
Lyrics :  Kumaar
Starring :  Bipasha Basu, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Doyel Dhawan

March 12, 2013 05:06:56 PM IST
By Rafat, Glamsham Editorial
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Ace producer Kumar Mangat of Wide Frame Pictures' brings forth two of Bollywood's greatest acting talents under one roof, queen bee of horror films, Bipasha Basu (fresh from the mega success of RAAZ 3), and the super talented actor of the moment, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, in tech-wiz director Suparn Verma's emotional psycho thriller, AATMA. The audio baton has been handed over to the talented duo, Sangeet and Siddharth Haldipur, who have already made a mark with their compositions in Bhatt films like MURDER 2 etc. Penning the lyrics is the ever dependable Kumaar.

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The promos of AATMA, featuring the signature tune that raise hair at the back of the nape of even the most fearless is evidence enough for an exciting album, with just the right thrills and chills. So let us switch on and evaluate the music, which promises to be not just for the body but the 'aatma' ('rooh')/soul, as well.

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The blood curdling, eerie signature tune (unveiled with the promos of AATMA) commences 'Aaja Nindiya', a 'lori' ( lullaby) of a very hatke kind! Sangeet Haldipur doubles up as the singer of this superb situational track, sends a chill down the spine with his excellent rendition. Kumaar's superbly apt lyrics sum up the whole situation and act as a narrative for the movie, giving a perfect start to the album. Brilliant!

It's all jazz arrangements that adorn the second version of 'Aaja Nindiya', titled 'Koi Jaagi Aankhein', sung by Anahita Irani. The voice modulations are surely as per the demand of the script, though the original version was more scary and effective.

Next up is an all-girl band, consisting of the talented Alyssa Mendonsa, Anusha Mani, Shefali Alvares and Apeksha Dandekar, who come together to render the lively, racy and very rhythmic number, 'Jee Le Zyada'. And they are just superb! Kumaar's lyrics are inspirational and the composers have done a good job by using soft rock arrangements.

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Nikhil Paul George sings the male version of 'Jee Le Zayada' and impresses with his terrific singing.

We next run into rockstar Suraj Jagan, who indulges in what he is best at, rock! And he does rock with 'Teri Khatir' (and almost sounds like the lead actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui), an all-out soft rock that transforms into hard rock towards the scintillating climax. The composer duo, Sangeet-Siddharth, showcases their prowess and conjures up an excellent spine chilling atmosphere through superb orchestral arrangements.

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The spirit of the album lies in the 'Aatma Theme', which is an instrumental that is a superb mix of soft keyboard caresses, cello-violin play, 'jal - tarang', string plucks and whistling, that adorn the haunting, blood curdling and spine chilling signature tune. Such a super theme for a horror genre film has been heard after a long- long time. Amazing!!!

There was a time in the 50-60s and early 70s, where the music of films like BEES SAAL BAAD, GUMNAAM (to name a few) was one of the star of the films, and made sure that the movies work at the box-office! The audio album of AATMA does exactly that! The album hisses and snorts, assuring that the fear factor dominates the proceedings. In one sentence, the album is short, precise, chilling and explosive (while holding on to melody), and should play an important role in making the film work in a big way with the audience when it releases all over on 22nd March.

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