Delhi Belly: Music Review (Ram Sampath)

Delhi Belly starts with Bhaag Bhaag DK Bose DK Bose DK Bhaag. And you must by now know how well the song is ‘running.’ LOVE this one. Nothing more to say. Can just praise Amitabh Bhattacharya and Ram Sampath for the masterpiece of its own kind they have created.

If you thought Bhaag Bhaag DK Bose was going to be the only highlight of Delhi Belly, you might be in for a surprise. The second song, Nakkadwaley Disco Udhaarwale Khisko is not on very different lines, though it doesn’t create such punny situations as the earlier one. Still, teri tirchhi nazar ne dil ko kar diya pancher is some really innovative use of Kirti Sagathia’s voice. And so is the song. Innovative, only two steps behind Emosanal Attyachar.

The next number, Saigal Blues, sung by Chetan Shashital, is almost clear by its name. The song is almost a clear cut copy of KL Saigal’s singing, with some twist, that will make the song run longer in this age.

The next song of the album is finally a little less into fun though it’s not all serious. Ram Sampath gets an item-ish Bedardi Raja for his wife, Sona Mahapatra. Okay composition, well sung.

The next number again has a name that would get people interested. Suraj Jagan sings this slightly espionage-y, very rocky Ja Chudail. Suraj almost does a Zehreelay Zehreelay with Chudail, but with the lyrics it has, the song is bound to be funny. I smell Dev.D to some extent, but not exactly in that way.

Ram Sampath comes up to sing the next normal and probably the first and only romantic number of the album, Tere Siva, with Tarannum Malik. The song has a slight ’90s touch though the song is very likable and lovely, something that has been seen in some other Ram Sampath songs too, I feel. Well composed, well sung, with a nice end.

Switty Switty Switty tera pyaar chahida. Sung by Kirti Sagathia. The song might not sound completely new as one can find some similar sounding songs before, in pieces, but the song as Ram and Kirti have made it is a bit different. A completely ‘Delhi’ sounding song, it has Sufi’ish touches (NO, this is NOT a Sufi song), a-very-Punjabi-mixed-Delhi’ish language, and that will (read chipku’ish-ness). The song should work well with this movie, though I’d see no future for this one in a normal movie I guess.

The next song, tere pyaar ne kar diya deewana/ I hate you like I love you is a beautifully confused song. The song starts in a good qawwali mood and shifts to almost a cheerleader song (rock n roll?). But the mixing is well done and in a way that it only makes the song interesting. Kudos to Ram Sampath for the composition and even Amitabh for writing this one.

And then, if the original tracks weren’t enough, there is a ‘punk’ version of Switty, sung by Kirti and Ram Sampath himself, though I liked the original more, as that one had taken me by more surprise.

Overall, Delhi Belly is what you had wanted it to be after that first trailer and that first song. There is still nothing better in the album, nor the album is what you’d say ‘musical,’ but then still for the album I’d say Go get it. Or in other words, bhaag bhaag!

Peepli Live: Music Review

Aamir Khan is a pucca perfectionist. This time round he makes a movie touching the very Indian ground of Indian villages and who he chooses to compose and sing – Indian Ocean, along with Nageen Tanvir, Ram Sampath and Raghuvir Yadav. Here is a review of his album Peepli [Live].

The album starts with Indian Ocean’s Des Mera Rangrez ye baabu. The song is a typical Indian Ocean piece with their familiar voices and instruments. The song is a satirical one on India and the country’s system from top to bottom. Swanand Kirkire and Sanjeev Sharma write some good lyrics and words like ‘raai pahaad hai kankar shankar’ say a lot among them. Must listen. For all the music and words.

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Dil Jale Hai: Sona Mohapatra

I don’t know if you heard the first album of Sona Mohapatra, ‘Sona’. But I can surely say you would have heard ‘Bolo na’ which was somehow even my mother’s favorite song at that time. Well, I was in love with many songs of the album, especially Abhi nahi aana and main raat aise jaagi re. And of course, Bolo na.

But then, it had been long since I heard a full song sung by Sona. Of course there were jingles. Don’t remember for which scooty she sang a jingle, and then there was Paas Aao of Close Up, then the extended version and finally the song is coming there in her next album Raat/Din. Raat/Din, which is again composed by Ram Sampath, has an extended, full version of her wonderful jingle, Paas Aao na, and a new song Dil Jale, whose video is here.

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