Aarakshan (Bollywood Soundtrack) – Music Review

You can listen to the soundtrack here (link courtesy @prabshoney)

The kind of romantic banter that Achha Lagta Hai is, one stands a good chance of getting reminded of Hritik prancing around Preity singing Agar Main Kahoon in Lakshya. Luckily though, SEL don’t let any such memories show in their arrangement. Yes, the orchestration is something one might in quite a few places associate with SEL, but the effect on the whole, helped fabulously by Mohit Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal, is quite refreshing, and the type that grows on you, as I discover on repeated listens. Unfortunately the same cannot be said about the trio’s other two songs in the soundtrack — both Mauka and Roshanee falling prey to the predictability of the thoroughly over-used templates — and turning out ineffective despite a wonderful lineup of vocalists; Mahalaxmi Iyer, Raman Mahadevan, Gautam Gupta, Tarun Sagar and Rehan for the former and Shankar Mahadevan for the latter. Shankar should seriously cut down on singing such songs especially for SEL, his vocals are a major contributing factor to the ennui.

The real winner of the soundtrack, however, is lyricist Prasoon Joshi who marks his debut as composer with the solo and duet versions of the super-addictive classical-based piece (set in raga subhapanthuvarali, methinks) called Saans Albeli (Kaun Si Dor in the duet version). While the vocal prowess of the classical maestro Pt. Channu Lal Mishra and Shreya Ghoshal are reason enough to have you hooked to the track, Joshi’s choice of instruments to back them is spectacular. Of the two versions though, I liked the duet better, the sweetness of Shreya’s voice forming a delightful combo in its contrast with Mishra’s earthy voice. Wonder what Mr. Joshi was doing restricting himself to lyrics with such composing talent at his disposal.

Three songs from SEL which get totally sidelined by the one-hell-of-a-song from Prasoon Joshi. What a debut!

Music Aloud Rating — 6.5/10

Top Recos — Kaun Si Dor, Achha Lagta Hai