Tubelight – Music Review (Bollywood Soundtrack)

Songs and credits at the end.

With Tubelight, Pritam’s “versioning” habits seem to have returned in full strength – the soundtrack has five original tunes, but ten tracks in all. There also seems to be a kind of correlation between the song lineup of this movie and the team’s previous work. While for Selfie Le Le Re there is a Radio, Naach Meri Jaan can be classed in the same genre as Kuk-Doo-Koo. Then there is the staple melodic set of course. I could not figure out any particular difference between Radio and its film version, even the singers are the same (Amit Mishra, Kamaal Khan). Sprightly song that clearly draws from Pritam’s own Balam Pichkaari, the song soars during the interludes where it takes on a more pronounced European flavour, riding particularly on Jeff Taylor’s accordion and Eli Bishop’s fiddle. Naach Meri Jaan, the only single entry in the soundtrack, also belongs to familiar Pritam territory but is fun all the same. The jolly tune is delivered very well by Kamaal Khan, backed by an able chorus that also sings the occasional Kumaoni phrases to go with movie’s geographic setting. The song’s arrangement features some highland-ish incorporations even otherwise (like Naveen Kumar’s flute), adding to the track’s appeal.

Tinka Tinka has a pretty ordinary melody, made to sound even more so by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s repetitive sounding rendition. It is the atmospheric backdrop that deserves your focus for its finely employed chorus and strings (interesting to see a nyckelharpa credit). The song becomes more world musical in its sound towards the final 1.5 minutes or so, with the chorus’ outlandish chants et al. The singing by Jubin Nautiyal works slightly better for the song in the film version. The haunting arrangement suits the melancholy of Main Agar quite well. The song would have fared even better if instead of Atif Aslam, the song had been delivered by KK who sings the faster paced and less appealing film version. The opening line of Main Agar reappears in flute form in the soundtrack’s weakest track that incidentally also gets the most versions – Kuchh Nahi. The song does however feature some fine singing in each of the three versions – Javed Ali, Shafqat Amanat Ali and Papon.

Pritam once again delivers a decent soundtrack for Kabir Khan and Salman Khan. A good start to what appears to be a busy second half of the year for the composer.

Music Aloud Rating: 3/5

Top Recos: Naach Meri Jaan, Tinka Tinka, Main Agar

This review first appeared in the Mumbai edition of The Hindu.

Musician Credits

Naach Meri Jaan


Lyrics- Amitabh Bhattacharya

Singer- Kamaal Khan, Nakash Aziz,Dev Negi, Tushar Joshi

Additional vocal: Akashdeep Sengupta

Sound Design Music Production – Dj Phukan and Sunny M.R

Music Programming : Hyacinth D’souza

Additional Programming and arrangement :Anurag saikia

Kumaon parts : Dev Negi , Anurag Saikia, Tushar Joshi,Akashdeep Sengupta.
Mixed and Master
by Shadab Rayeen @ New Edge
Assistant engineer
Abhishek Sortey
Dhananjay khapekar
Recording Engineers- Ashwin Kulkarni, Himanshu Shirlekar, Aaroh Velankar, Rahul sharma
Vocal Conductor- Tushar Joshi
Musicians : Tapas, Deepesh, Naveen Kumar,Rhythm Shaw
Production Manager- Anupam Amod,Manoj Harsh

Tinka Tinka

Music :Pritam
Lyrics :Kausar Munir
Singer: Jubin Nauityal
Video Director : Rocky Khanna
Music Production And Sound Design :Dj Phukan,Sunny M.R.”
Mix And Mastered By :Eric Pillai @ Future Sound Of Bombay
Music Programming :Ramone Fernandes
Additional Programming And Arrangement :Dj Phukan, Sunny M.R.,
Tanuj Tikku

Special Thanks To Viviene Pocha And Dj Phukan For The Traditional Shepherd Calls

Chorus And Voices Designed By :Vivienne Pocha
Chorus :Viviene Pocha , Shazneen Arethra , Marienne D Souza
V Chandana Bala
Nykel Harpa Performed By :Emelia Amper

String Section Conducted By :Eric
Nykelharpa And String Production Supervised By Johan Folke

Recording Engineers Ashwin Kulkarni, Himanshu Shirlekar, Aaroh Velankar

Vocal Supervision :Tushar Joshi, Amit Sawant

Percussion And Rhythm: Dipesh Varma, Omkar Salunkhe &

Production Manager : Anupam Amod, Manoj Harsh

Recording Studios And Engineers :Enzy Studios, Mumbai – For Percussion Dub: Recording Engineer – Julian Mascarenhas

Main Agar

Lyrics- Amitabh Bhattacharya
Singer- Atif Aslam

Sound Design Music production – Dj Phukan and Sunny M.R
Music Programming : Tanuj Tikku

Mixed and Master
by Sunny M.R and Shadab Rayeen @ New Edge
Assistant engineer
Abhishek Sortey
Dhananjay khapekar
Recording Engineers- Ashwin Kulkarni, Himanshu Shirlekar, Aaroh Velankar.
Backing vocals: Vivienne Pocha, Shazneen Arenthra, Niesha, V Chandana Bala
Guitars: Warren Mendonsa and Oscar Foreleg Storm
Drums and Rythem:Backtracks
Drums and Guitar production supervision Johan Folke
Production Manager- Anupam Amod,Manoj Harsh


Music : Pritam.
Lyrics : Amitabh Bhattacharya.
Singer : Kamaal khan,Amit mishra.
Additional Vocal : Akashdeep Sengupta.
Music Programming: Sourav Roy.

Sound Design : Dj Phukan, Sunny M.R.
Additional programming : Prasad Sashte

Additional Rhythm Programmer : Nitin shankar , Parikshit sharma
Additional Live Rhythm : Nitin Shankar and Dipesh Varma

Mix & Master : Shadab Rayeen@Newedge.
Assistant to shadab: Abhishek Sortey, Dhananjay Khapekar.

Shootmix : Ashwin Kulkarni.
Recording Engineers : Ashwin Kulkarni, Himanshu Shirlekar, Aaroh Velankar.

Vocal Conductor : Tushar Joshi, Amit Sawant.

Fiddle : Eli Bishop
Dobro : Wanda Vick
Banjo : Matt Menefee
Accordion:Jeff Taylor
Trumpet and Euphonium : Samuel Ewens
Conducted by Nikhil Paul
Backing vocals : Tushar Joshi

Production manager: Anupam Amod,Manoj Harsh

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