October – Music Review (Bollywood Soundtrack)

Songs and musician credits at the end.

From four songs in Piku (incidentally his Bollywood debut) to two songs in Pink, composer Anupam Roy’s contribution gets further halved in Shoojit Sircar’s latest, October. If I had not seen Roy’s name in the credits beforehand, I would not have thought of him as Tab Bhi Tu’s composer – the melancholic piece is possibly the most un-Anupam Roy-ish work I have heard; the presence of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan behind the microphone does not help much either. It is only the occasional deft guitar work (Sanjoy Das and Rishabh Ray) that prevents the song from sounding entirely dated. After being associated with two of Sircar’s previous ventures as Abhishek-Akshay (Vicky Donor and Running Shaadi), Abhishek Arora goes solo with Theher Ja that is penned by Abhiruchi Chand who previously collaborated with the composer on his song Dil Jaane Naa from Dil Juunglee. And the song scores well on all counts – neat, simple lyrics by Chand, an incredibly engaging funky arrangement (I sense some Get Lucky influence in places) from Arora and Armaan Malik doing a brilliant rendition, backed by Neuman Pinto.

Rest of the soundtrack goes to the man with whom the director has had the most memorable musical collaborations – Shantanu Moitra (their first work Yahaan still remains the best soundtrack for a Sircar film, in my book). And the man delivers splendidly to expectations in the breezy Manwaa, a song written by Moitra’s trusted lyrical partner Swanand Kirkire. The gentle melody is delivered spotlessly by Sunidhi Chauhan, while Pronob Biswas’s (another name you are likely to have come across in Moitra’s past works) classical ad libs echoing in the backdrop complement her singing wonderfully. The ambient arrangement is highlighted by the use of strings. While on the subject of strings, the composer creates a theme song for the movie that is a heart wrenchingly soulful mélange of violins, cello, viola and harp – Rohan Roy’s work on lead violin is particularly moving. Tanveer Ghazi, who wrote the poem Tu Chal for the movie Pink (also set to music by Moitra) writes a similarly titled Chal for October. This one is a lot different from the former though, carrying a much lighter and benign tone, and set to a sprightly tune by the composer. Except the tune and the arrangement do not impress a great deal. Great job by Monali Thakur on the vocals, nevertheless, and that makes it an engaging listen while it lasts, as do Ghazi’s carpe diem-implying lines.

October. A decent soundtrack where director Shoojit Sircar gets the best songs from his oldest collaborator Shantanu Moitra.

Music Aloud Rating: 3/5

Top Recos: October Theme, Manwaa, Theher Ja

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

Musician Credits

Song – Theher Ja

Singer – Armaan Malik

Music – Abhishek Arora

Lyricist – Abhiruchi Chand

Produced by Samyuktha Narendran and Abhishek Arora

Electric Guitars by Ankur Mukherjee

Electric Bass by Ketan Sodha

Backing Vocals by Neuman Pinto

Recorded at Beatcrush Studio

Mixed by Kenneth Basumatari

Mastered by Donal Whelan (Hafod Mastering, UK)


Song – October Theme

Music – Shantanu Moitra

Lead Violin – Rohan Roy

Love Theme Programmed And Produced By George Joseph

Additional Violins Maria Ten, Polina Romanova

Cello – Ilya Ten

Harp – Sophia Kiprskaya

Piano – George Joseph, Artem Panteleev

Viola – Pavel Zhukov

Recording Producer – Mikhail Nesterov

Tracking Engineer – Borissov Ivan

Mixed And Mastered By Kittu Myakal


Song – Tab Bhi Tu

Singer – Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Music – Anupam Roy

Lyricist – Tanveer Ghazi

Arrangement & Progamming by Shamik Chakraborty

Acoustic Guitar & Bass by Sanjoy Das

Electric Guitar by Rishabh Ray

Drums by Sandipan Parial

Tabla by Joy Nandi

Flute by Sushanta Nandi

Instruments Recorded by Debojit Sengupta at Sonic Solution, Kolkata

Mixed by Shomi Chatterjee

Mastered by Donal Whelan (Hafod Mastering, UK)


Song – Manwaa

Singer – Sunidhi Chauhan

Music – Shantanu Moitra

Lyricist – Swanand Kirkire

Guitars – Ankur Mukherjee

Additional Vocals – Pronob Biswas

Recorded By Kittu Myakal At Sound Ideaz

Recorded By Kittu Myakal At Sound Ideaz

Mixed And Mastered By Shadab Rayeen At New Edge Studios

Assistant Engineers – Abhishek Sortey & Dhananjay Khapekar

Song Programmed And Arranged By Tanuj Tiku


Song – Chal

Singer – Monali Thakur

Music – Shantanu Moitra

Lyricist – Tanveer Ghazi

Recorded By Kittu Myakal At Sound Ideaz

Mixed And Mastered By Shadab Rayeen At New Edge Studios

Assistant Engineers – Abhishek Sortey & Dhananjay Khapekar

Guitars – Ankur


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