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Music Review : Madras Cafe

 Madras Cafe
Director :  Shoojit Sircar
Music :  Shantanu Moitra
Lyrics :  Ali Hayat Rizvi, Zeb and Manoj Tapadia
Starring :  John Abraham, Nargis Fakhri and Rashi Khanna

August 19, 2013 02:39:37 PM IST
By Rafat, Glamsham Editorial
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Shoojit Sircar belongs to the new generation directors who have carved out a niche for themselves in Bollywood in a short span of time with their unique style of filmmaking. His VICKY DONOR was not just commercially successful but it's audio too was hugely popular. Choosy and talented music director Shantanu Moitra along with young talent Zebunisssa Bangash compose for Shoojit's latest, MADRAS CAFE, and one expects a classy soundtrack from the team. So let's check out the audio and hear for ourselves.

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Shantanu Moitra's 'Sun Le Re' rendered by Papon in his husky, deep throated and emotive vocals is a superb prayer to the almighty, a lovely fusion of 'sufi' and soft rock . The tune that Shantanu chooses has slight resemblance to 'Yaaram' (EK THI DAAYAN) but only in parts, the rest is soothing and pleasing and arrangements (especially in chorus) are just perfect. Ali Hayat Rizvi's lyrics are intelligently penned.

'Sun Le Re' (reprise version) makes for a good repeat value as it has more musical addendums.

'Ajnabee' is a soft, romantic-cum-separation track that is an all out Zeb (Zebunissa Bangash of Coke Studio fame) show as she not only renders the song but also composes and pens the lyrics. She is good in every department, though the tune that she uses is a tad on the slower side making the track a bit monotonous.

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'Khud Se Dil Dar Sa Gaya Hai' is melancholic and somber in nature, a purely situational track which may be there as a tense background dramatic number. Papon is excellent and Manoj Tapadia's uses easy to comprehend Urdu to pen the right words.

There are as many as four instrumentals in the album.

String instruments, harmonica, superb orchestra and lovely back up chorals rule the roost in the haunting 'MADRAS CAFE theme', which is a treat to hear.

'Conspiracy' relies on the strong but soft back-up croonings of Monali Thakur with minimal arrangements in the first half, but later on it catches brisk pace with lots of added percussions and electronica.

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'Entry To Jaffna' is yet another instrumental that is theme oriented and lots of string musical instruments (especially violin) dominate the background.

It's all piano play with violin, guitar, sitar and drums that makes up the soothing 'Title Theme', and of course the haunting signature tune of MADRAS CAFE theme is prominent.

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The audio of MADRAS CAFE is very unconventional and has class written all over it. Full credit to Shantanu Moitra and the team for trying something out of the box for the quite a 'hatke' film. But it's commercial appeal will be limited as the audio is mainly for the discerning audience. Our pick is 'Sun Le Re' and all the instrumentals which are a delight to savor for music buffs.

 Rating : 
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