Satyagraha – Music Review (Bollywood Soundtrack)

Satyagraha_posterSalim Sulaiman’s title song starts off promisingly, but then descends into a drab remix of Raghupati Raghav, that Rajiv Sundaresan, Shweta Pandit and Shivam Pathak’s singing efforts are unable to save. They do well in Aiyo Ji though, fusing the classical (yaman raga, I think) and techno elements quite neatly. The song however belongs to Shraddha Pandit who totally nails the classical rendition. The remix could have been avoided, since the original itself has its fair share of techno elements.

Meet Bros Anjan’s Janta Rocks engages in parts, mostly for Prasoon Joshi’s satirical lyrics (that Janta Rocks/Walks/Talks bit is grating though) delivered well by Keerti Sagathia, Papon, Shalmali Kholgade and Shibani Kashyap. And for its multiple parody-based references. Wonder if it is the reunion with the Raajneeti director that prompted Aadesh Shrivastav to use darbari raga to compose Raske Bhare Tore Naina as well. And it does remind one of Mora Piya in places. What makes a difference in this case though is Shafqat Amanat Ali on the vocals – the man has little difficulty delivering this semiclassical piece in style. The composer replaces Shafqat in the remix and does a commendable job too, but the remix as such is tiresome. Hum Bhole The features some brilliant guitar work as all Indian Ocean songs do, but the song as such isn’t as impressive.

Prakash Jha may have made the multi-composer format work in the past, but in Satyagraha it isn’t as effective.

Music Aloud Rating: 6.5/10

Top Recos: Aiyo Ji, Raske Bhare Tore Naina

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