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Music Review : Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola

 Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola
Director :  Vishal Bhardwaj
Music :  Vishal Bhardwaj
Lyrics :  Gulzar
Starring :  Imran Khan, Anushka Sharma and Pankaj Kapur

January 7, 2013 04:10:59 PM IST
By Abid, Glamsham Editorial
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Any music album that bears the stamp of masters of their craft, Gulzar and Vishal Bhardwaj, is an offering that is looked forward to by countless lovers of discerning music, and whether the films fare well commercially or not, the audio has always found popularity. Right from MAACHIS to 7 KHOON MAAF, music has always been refreshingly original and memorable. Their latest, MATRU KI BIJLEE KA MANDOLA, too promises that so let's check out the audio album and relish their music!


The song that has already climbed the charts and has caught the fancy of the music buffs is the title track, 'MATRU KI BIJLEE KA MANDOLA.' Superb and racy rhythm hooks attentions from the word go, and so do the awesome music arrangements, especially a rare fusion of Afro percussions and Haryanvi strings! Always a permanent feature, Sukhwinder Singh, lends his classy touch with his zealous rendition and has musician Ranjit Barot for company Gulzar's lyrics are zany and at times abstract but they may well suit the mood of the film.

'Khamakha' is an all-out romantic track that sweeps the die-hard romantics right off their feet, and why not! Superb rendition by the master himself, lyrics that are excellently penned and soft western arrangements combined with serenely sweet female backing chorals, and lovely melody, make for an excellent love ballad and just the right composition to gift this Valentine day. Towards the fag end there is a local Haryanvi folk touch as well with Prem Dehati coming in briefly.

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Next up is the full on entertainment quotient 'Oye Boy Charlie' featuring some very unusual names (considering the type of song) like Rekha Bhardwaj, Shankar Mahadevan and Mohit Chauhan that takes the listener on a joy ride with some lovely mix of retro singing and musical arrangements like jazz and traditional 'qawwaali'. A host of singers that form the background chorus add to the zest of the song. Lyrics are once again very zany, humorous and the highlight of the composition and will be loved by the youth in general.

The next song, 'Lootnewale', is an inspirational and entirely situational song that talks about the rebellion of the poor villagers against the landlords (zamindars), and is sung very aptly by Sukhwinder and Master Saleem. Lyrics do justice to the situation.

Reprise version' is a brief one with added zest and vigour.

Prem Dehati returns behind the mike once again in 'Shara Rara Ra' and the atmosphere turns into a celebratory mode with the touch of ethnic Tau-folk, complete with joyous brass band bajaa that is used during the wedding processions.

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The rustic Haryanvi folk touch continues with the 'Badal Uthiya', and Rekha Bhardwaj is just the apt singer for the occasion. And she delivers to perfection (in fact she is a delight to listen to especially in the end) this soft, raga based, situational number that also has a touch of semi-classical attached to it.
Prem Dehati's version of 'Badal Uthiya' is good and highly enjoyable but one prefers Rekha's version for the obvious reasons.

The two male leads, Pankaj Kapur and Imran Khan come behind the mike for this totally 'funtastic', 'chhed-chhaad' number, 'Chaar Dina Ki', that is simply one of its kind composition that would be a riotous outing to be enjoyed on the big screen. Both are simply exemplary here and Prem Dehati joining in the fun as well.

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Pankaj Kapur returns with another brief situational number, 'Chor Police', a more of a 'nukkad -naatak' kinds, and it seems to be a satire on the politicians and their corrupt practices.

An highly addictive African piece 'Nomvule' brings the album to an end, and as they say, music has no language and so one enjoys the number more for its superb rhythm, background musical arrangements and nice rendition by Africa Umoja.

To conclude, one must add that the masters, Gulzar and Vishal Bhardwaj, once again rise to the occasion with a superb musical fare that has something for all. From the massy title track and 'O Boy Charlie' to the classy 'Khamakha' and 'Badal Uthiya', all of which happens to our favourites, the album is all already scorching the charts and will surely see the film open well at the ticket window when it releases on 11th January.

Rating: 3.5

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