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Music Review : Bombay Talkies

 Bombay Talkies
Director(s) :  Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap and Dibakar Banerjee
Music :  Amit Trivedi
Lyrics :  Amitabh Bhattacharya and Swanand Kirkire
Starring :  Rani Mukerji, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Randeep Hooda, Saqib Saleem, Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Aamir Khan, Sadashiv Amrapurkar

April 22, 2013 05:52:42 PM IST
By Rafat, Glamsham Editorial
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Viacom Motion Pictures' bring together four top directors- Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap and Dibakar Banerjee- for BOMBAY TALKIES, a movie that celebrates hundred years of Indian cinema, and each of them come up with a short film each. The audio too is a brief one, composed by the immensely talented Amit Trivedi with lyrics by Swanand Kirkire and Amitabh Bhattacharya. Let's check out what they have to offer in this ode to Indian cinema, which is certainly a novel effort that needs all the appreciation and encouragement.

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The song, ''Bachchan'' or ''Give It Up For Bachchan'', which is an ode to the super star of the millennium, Amitabh Bachchan, sung superbly by Sukhwinder. Kudos to Amit Trivedi and lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya for coming up with just the right combo of retro 80s style rhythmic music ('rubab' and 'ektara') and right words (eg. 'Sitaron ki shaan', 'Cinema ka imaan') that bring out or sketch the huge persona of the megastar. Bachchan's popular dialogues like ''Aaj khush to bahut hoge tum'' and ''Rishtey mein to hum tumhare baap lagte hain'' have been incorporated well.

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Another number that celebrates the completion of 100 years of Hindi cinema to its fullest with just the right words and soft and flowing melody is ''Akkad Bakkad''. Rendered by Mohit Chauhan one has to listen to the song to appreciate it, and only then one can raise a toast to Amit and Swanand Kirkire. ''Akkad bakkad bumbe bo, Assi nabbe pure sau, Sau sau baras ka hua, Yeh khiladi na boodha hua!'' Yes, it's the cinema that is being talked about here, absolutely superb!

''Murabba (Duet)'', a situational, delectable, philosophical number that compares life to a 'murabba' (preserved fruit in sugar syrup). A slow drawl number using a train based rhythm that thrives on the strong vocals of Kavita Seth, and Amit Trivedi himself provides able back up support. The USP is however Amitabh Bhattacharya lyrics, which are just apt.

''Murabba'' solo is another version with racy rhythm and beats and more of Arabic flavor, sung by Javed Bashir.

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''Bombay Talkies (Duet)'' the title track is an entertaining number that takes inspiration from the classic, 'Aao Bachhon Tumhein Dikhayein Jhanki Hindustan Ki.'' However Amit Trivedi has really used it well to pay tribute to the Hindi cinema. Using the voices of Kailash Kher and Richa Sharma, and Swanand Kirkire's very exact and interesting lyrics, Amit Trivedi crafts a lovely number.

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Aamir Khan's ''Papa Kehte Hain'', Ranbir's ''Sadda Haq'', Kareena's ''Yeh Ishq Haaye'', the music of all these classics and more are included in the second version of ''Bombay Talkies'' (Various), sung by Sukhwinder Singh, Mohit Chauhan, Udit Narayan, Shaan et al. and make for a good hear.

To sum up, the audio of BOMBAY TALIKES manages to bring a smile and deserves appreciation for the efforts of the composer and lyricists who have certainly done their level best in providing music for a subject as tough and varied as Indian cinema. Chances are that the tribute, through some good music and apt lyrics, will surely be lauded by all the lovers of Indian cinema, and so will the film, when it releases all over on May 3, 2013.

 Rating : 
3.5/ 5 stars

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