Raajneeti: Music Review

Quite opposite to once expectations and Prakash Jha’s image, Raajneeti seems to be a full fledged musical once you read the names of composers and singers on the cover of this album. And most of them succeed in doing it to quite an extent. Yes, Raajneeti has it’s fare share of good music. Here is more.

The album starts with Bheegi si, bhaagi si, which is a peppy, foot-tapping, Pritam type song sung by Mohit Chauhan with a relatively very new Antara Mitra who sounds something like Shreya Ghoshal. A good one to say the least. Catchy. Not long term, but not bad certainly.
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Bheegi si Bhaagi si: Raajneeti

Is It Shreya Ghoshal? No. Antara Mitra.

Well, this is all that was running in my mind when I heard this song called Bheegi si, bhaagi si. I still don’t remember bheegi si bhaagi si reminds me of which song sung by Shreya Ghoshal, but I was certainly surprised to know that This one was sung by Antara Mitra. Oops! I know that name. From that Tabu movie with Pritam, Toh Baat Pakki. She had sung a really small, but awesome piece of Aarti, without music. And I was in love with that voice. And the voice is here.
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Ishq Barse Boondan Boondan – Rajneeti

Atkan Matkan dahi chataa,
chor pigeonwa fur hui jaa
aare aare kaare kaaga
chun chun moti kha re kha
boondan boondan barse barse
dhuaan dhuaan hui ja re ja
atkan matkan dahi chata,
aare kaaga kha re kha..

A wonderful Indi-rap starts Ishq Barse, the guest composition of Shantanu Moitra in Prakash Jha’s Raajneeti. Prakash says that Shantanu has never created this type of peppy compositions and that’s why he could come up with a ‘fresh’ tune. Well, Shantanu seems to have done it as I quite liked the song, especially the rap part, which is most probably sung by Swanand Kirkire.
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Well Done Abba: Music Review

It’s not always that you get two back to back good movie albums within 24 hours. So good that I didn’t have time to listen to Shafqat Amanat Ali’s new album even though I loved his previous one, Tabeer. So here it comes, after Lahore, album of Well Done Abba, a Shyam Benegal movie.

The first song of the album is Meri banno Hoshiyaar sung by Ila Arun (with Daniel B George), who sings her own words on a tune that is almost Saiyyaan Jhoothon ka Bada Sartaj Nikla of V Shantaram’s Do Aankhen Baarah Hath, in a full folk manner, on an orchestration that reminds me of Rahman’s Genda Phool. But frankly, the song is completely new and has it’s identity completely different from both the songs I named here, something not at all easy. Ila is obviously superb in her singing and the Telugu counting in the background (Okkati, Rendu, Moodu, Naalgu…) is something in it’s own ranks. Must listen song.
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