Shuddh Desi Romance – Music Review (Bollywood Soundtrack)

Shuddh Desi Romance PosterYou can listen to the soundtrack here.

Making brilliant use of guitars and horns with some other nifty touches here and there (street sounds at the start, the accordion bits – I love!), composers Sachin Jigar create an absolutely fun piece out of Tere Beech Mein totally befitting Jaideep Sahni’s frolicsome words. The fun seems to rub off very well on the singers too, Sunidhi Chauhan and Mohit Chauhan sound just fabulous in this! Almost as a follow up to his song in BMB, Divya Kumar gets another quirky Punjabi flavored dance track here, Chanchal Mann Ati Random. And here too the man is spot on with his singing. The Punjabi-rock arrangement I found a bit too noisy after a point though. Visuals might improve the experience probably (it did, in case of Havan Karenge). Barring the similarity of those opening lines to this Anand Milind song, the title song is quite a neat job, particular for the way the composers employ the harmonium. And then there are the ever-exuberant Benny Dayal and Shalmali Kholgade. Best among the lot is Gulaabi, the composers building an immensely addictive piece around that lovely folk hook played on the choicest of instruments (harmonium, esraj and sarangi at various points). I would have been happier with a little less techno elements in the voices of Jigar Saraiya and Priya (Panchal) Saraiya, but the song is awesome enough to make up for that.

Rest of the soundtrack is made up of background pieces. Even in just over 2 minutes, Mujhe Kiss Kar Sakte Ho moves across genres ending on an Arabic-flavored note, featuring some lovely Spanish guitar and accordion. Love In Jaipur mixes Priya Saraiya’s folksy vocals in a bossa nova-based arrangement, and the result is pretty interesting. Tez Wala Attraction uses the wacky folk base of Chanchal Mann to even better effect albeit in a short burst; particularly liked the flute. Boyfriend Banogey is similarly an instrumental reprise to Gulaabi, building quite neatly on snatches from the song. Bhanwara Ma Bhatke is the only BGM piece that doesn’t quite hit the mark courtesy a rather middling arrangement, and even Divya Kumar’s singing isn’t utilized that well here.

There seems to be no stopping Sachin Jigar this year. Just four months after that winning soundtrack for Go Goa Gone, the composers up the ante even further with Shuddh Desi Romance. This definitely is their best work yet!

Music Aloud Rating: 8.5/10

Top Recos: Gulaabi, Tere Mere Beech Mein, Mujhe Kiss Kar Sakte Ho, Love In Jaipur

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