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Music Review : Prague

Director :  Ashish R. Shukla
Music :  Atif Afzal
Lyrics :  Varun Grover
Starring :  Chandan Roy Sanyal, Elena Kazan, Arfi Lamba and Mayank Kumar

September 14, 2013 10:42:12 AM IST
By Rafat, Glamsham Editorial
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Glamour Struck Productions in association with Maxwell Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.'s, Ashish R. Shukla directed, PRAGUE, starring Chandan Roy Sanyal and Elena Kazan is a multi-award winning psychological thriller. The film has not only received huge critical acclaims all over reputed film festivals but it's classy music too has charmed and delighted the hearts of those music aficionados who have had the privilege to hear the album. So let's check out for ourselves the music of this cinematic head trip.

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Atif Afzal composes and renders 'Ek Pal', and he is simply superb in both departments. The rock - pop fusion with just excellent rock arrangements (read guitar!) and apt, situational lyrics by Varun Grover which provides a good insight into this psychological thriller with an interesting caption, 'Seeing is misbelieving' or hallucination.

'Ek Pal' (Shake) has vocals by Suryaveer is more rockish in nature and has been programmed by Anuarag Saikia and makes for good second hear.

Composed, arranged, programmed and penned by Tony Kakkar and rendered in an extremely 'bindaas' yet cute manner by Neha Kakkar, 'Botal Khol' is a definite chartbuster. The addictive and infectious rhythm hooks and so do the lyrics and the song would surely be a hit amongst the young Gen and in clubs, discos and pubs.

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'Dirt and Game', composed by Atif Afzal , is more of an instrumental and begins with Marianne D'Cruz's base foreign vocals with lots of electro and techno beats, synthesized rhythm and hoarse, base and hushed vocals (by Atif Afzal) in the background add to the mystery, chills and thrills.

'Itni Si Baat Hai' has been rendered by Suraj Jagan and composed by Atif Afzal and penned by Varun Grover

Lovely guitar strums and piano drills bring up another mesmerizing heavy rock base, situational philosophical number, 'Din Kabhi', composed and sung by Atif Afzal with Nikhil Paul George providing additional vocals. Lyrics penned by Varun Grover are imaginative and unique and gel well with the mood of the film.

The Czechoslovakia influence comes forth with 'Kap Kap'. The song composed and penned by Daniela Fojtu with Czech lyrics by Bianca Ulicna. It has a Hindi version as well, translated by Varun Grove.

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It has been rendered superbly by Shalmali Kholgode and the sweet, innocent, feel - good, love song highlights the carefree, uninhibited relationship between the leads.

The memorable super hit number from SADMA, Illayaraja -Gulzar-Suresh Wadekar's, 'Aye Zindagi Gale Laga Le' has been totally refurbished to give it an unplugged, slightly rockish touch. It has been arranged by EHSAS and rendered extremely well by Suryaveer in his base, husky vocals.

An all-out hard rock show, vocals, composed and lyrics courtesy Ballygrunge, comes up next in the form of 'Chehra'. The composition has been handled well, the simple rock tune is easy on the ears and the rockish arrangements (guitar and drums) are outstanding.

'Touch' has vocals by Daneila Fotju and Atif Afzal has been programmed by Anurag Saikia

There is also another version Touch Opera by Italian artist, Gioconda Vessichelli which a delight to hear.

There are as many as seventeen different background scores and all are classy, mind-blowing instrumentals with lots of new sounds using western musical instruments, which provide a good insight into the movie.


'Friendship and Love', 'Architecture Project', 'Doubt', 'Racing Mind', 'Enter Prague', 'Propaganda', 'Green Room', 'Gypsy Photoshoot', 'Talking To Him', 'Bone Chapel And Drive Back', 'First Kiss', 'Gypsy Folk', 'Things Going Wrong', 'Kill 1', 'Running Away', 'Kill 2' and 'Destroyed'.

Even though all the background scores are simply superb, the ones that stand out are discussed below.

The lead protagonist being an architect there is an instrumental titled the ''Architecture Project '' which is composed in the form of a lively dance number with lots of string instruments playing in the backdrop.

'Bone Chapel and Drive Back' has some tense, and echo sounds of horns and drums in the background.

'Destroyed' is a brief but fine display of chaotic drums and other percussion instruments.

To sum up in, the audio of PRAGUE is intriguing and classy and there is a fine display of superb western classical with a touch of Czech and rock along with some Bollywood flavor thrown, thereby catering to all kinds of audience. 'Aye Zindagi', 'Botal Khol'' and 'Chehra' are our favourites along with the excellent background scrores . Hats off to the entire team and especially Universal Music Group for a musical treat. All the above factors will definitely make PRAGUE a worthwhile experience to savour and enjoy on the big screen when the film releases later this month.

 Rating : 
4/ 5 stars

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