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Music Review : Satyagraha

Director :  Prakash Jha
Music :  Salim-Sulaiman, Aadesh Shrivastava and Meet Bros. Anjan Ankit
Lyrics :  Prasoon Joshi
Starring :  Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Arjun Rampal, Kareena Kapoor and Amrita Rao

August 16, 2013 12:16:54 PM IST
By Rafat, Glamsham Editorial
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Entertaining socio-political drama interwoven with good requisite audio has been the hallmark of films from the Prakash Jha stable and films like GANGAAJAL, RAAJNEETI, and to an extent even the last release CHAKRAVYUH had some nice music to boast of. Composer Aadesh Shrivastava has been a favourite with the director for a long time and here for this huge star cast venture he is joined by Salim-Sulaiman and Meet Bros. Anjjan. So, let's check out their latest offering.

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Composers Salim-Sulaiman show their class with the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi's favourite 'bhajan', 'Raghupati Raghav Rajaram' which can be also classified as the title track, ''SATYGRAHA''. The lyrics of the 'bhajan' have been changed judiciously to suit the theme, and hats off to Prasoon for that. Rajeev Sundresan, Shivam Pathak and Shweta Pandit lend their voices to the inspirational situational prayer to the almighty.

Salim-Sulaiman come back for another class outing, ''Aaiyo Ji'', which even though has been treated like a 'mujra', ends up as sounding more like an item number. The semi-classical raga based number has been encased in a totally out of sync western garb and that is the major flaw. Shraddha Pandit does well and Salim too joins in.

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The remix by DJ Shiva has more pace and energy and lots of added beats.

Raga rules yet again with ''Ras Ke Bhare Tore Nain'' an absolutely delightful classy piece and is composed by Aadesh Shrivastava. Shafqat Amanat Ali delivers an ace with just the right 'alaaps', tonal modalities and voice modulations. Arpita Chakraborty comes in with the back-up vocals. The all out Hindustani musical instruments fuse well with western ones and one is reminded of the memorable ''Mora Piya'' (RAAJNEETI).

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The house mix of ''Ras Ke Bhare Tore Nain'' is space filler and the original itself was well spiced and quite pacy.

The legendary Indian Ocean come up with the hard hitting all rock ''Hum Bhole The'' sung by Rahul Ram, Amit Kilam and Himanshu Joshi, which is another situational awakening number that will definitely translate well on screen, especially as a background score.

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The entirely situational ''Janta Rocks'' is rendered by a host of singers like Meet Bros. Anjan Ankit, Keerthi Sagathia, Papon, Shibani Kashyap and Shalmali Kholgade. Composed in the format of a 'nukkad naatak' (street play), the song is a satirical yet humorous take on the ills plaguing the society like corruption etc.

The audio of SATYAGRAHA promised much but did not live up to the expectations (especially when compared to RAAJNEETI). However two songs, the title track and ''Ras Ke Bhare Tore Nain'' are the highlight of the album and our pick as well. Given the fact that the songs are more of the situational types they will surely add to the narrative of this tense and hard-hitting political drama.

 Rating : 
3/ 5 stars
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