Wazir – Music Review (Bollywood Soundtrack)

wazir posterYou can listen to the soundtrack here.

Advaita do their Bollywood debut in style with Khel Khel Mein, a track that is quite in line with the band’s regular sound – classical bols and sarangi solos from Suhail Yusuf Khan peppered across an ambient electronic soundscape. The one key addition being of course Amitabh Bachchan’s characteristic (the majesty in that voice, even now!) recitation of Abhijeet Deshpande’s lines, the first verse of which featured in the trailer. A M Turaz’s passionate lyrics in Tere Liye Mere Kareem are presented by Prashant Pillai almost like a prayer for most part – dark, haunting and building up in intensity (that shift at 2:10 gives me goose-bumps!). Gagan Baderiya leads the vocals, while the composer backs him up, both quite effectively. Gaurav Godkhindi’s instrumental Wazir also carries a sombre tone, and is adequately thematic despite getting a tad monotonous. Should work well in the movie, methinks.

Composer no. 4 Ankit Tiwari gets one of the lighter tracks of the soundtrack, Tu Mere Paas. Nicely done song, with a pleasing tune and mellow arrangements. Ankit himself does the singing, and commendably so. Having composed two songs for the soundtrack, Shantanu Moitra would technically be the lead composer of Wazir. Barring the strong resemblance of the opening line to that of this Malayalam song by Afzal Yusuf (thanks to @clintz for pointing this out), Tere Bin is a sweet throwback to the composer’s Parineeta days, even more so because it is Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal behind the mic. Lovely song and excellent singing. Maula is your quintessential Bollywood qawwali, both musically and lyrically (very generous spread of the word Maula). Highlights are the beautiful use of guitars amidst the standard elements, and top class singing by Javed Ali.

Wazir. Shortest soundtrack for a Bejoy Nambiar movie yet, but the man’s sense of quality remains intact as ever. Amazing how he manages consistent success with multi-composer soundtracks!

Music Aloud Rating: 8/10

Top Recos: Khel Khel Mein, Tere Liye Mere Kareem, Tere Bin

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