Meri Nimmo – Music Review (Bollywood Soundtrack)

Songs at the end.

Due both to its music and its lyrics, the song that instantly came to my mind as I listened to Bulbula was Dil Kaagzi, the gorgeous Vishal Shekhar-Anvita Dutt-Neeti Mohan song from the 2013 movie Gippi. Lyricist Raj Shekhar, in Bulbula, speaks in beautiful detail of the headiness around new-found love, much like Anvita Dutt did in Dil Kaagzi, except employing different metaphorical objects as indicated in the respective titles. And composer Krsna Solo, like Vishal-Shekhar in the latter, sets the verse to an expansive waltz-based backdrop (generous use of strings yet again) that complements the lines wonderfully. The songs are quite different in their own respect of course, but an interesting parallel. Adding to the charm is the fact that this too is a fabulously executed female solo, Paroma Dasgupta being the singer here. Krsna carries on the ballroom dance-inspired sound into his second song as well, this time with a seemingly foxtrot rhythm, to produce another pleasant piece called Yeh Bhi Beet Jayega. It is Sukriti Kakar who heads the vocals here, pulling it off well. The album’s final track comes from Marathi composer Mangesh Dhakde (who was last heard in Bollywood in the 2015 movie Hawaizaada, but very recently did this nice Marathi number). While Tumse Hi too is built on the romantic theme (Raj Shekhar pens the lines here as well), the soundscape here is discernibly different from Krsna’s songs, taking on a more filmi disposition (though interestingly the underlying guitar rhythm is a waltz-like ¾ again). Not to imply that the song is inferior for that reason of course, Dhakde has a fine melody in place that Javed Ali delivers with heart-rending tenderness. The song’s soulfulness is elevated by the extensive use of sarangi/esraj.

Meri Nimmo. Krsna Solo and Mangesh Dhakde produce a short but gentle and immensely likeable soundtrack with lyricist Raj Shekhar. For Krsna’s sake, in particular, I do hope that this movie and thereby this soundtrack reaches a larger audience than his past couple of soundtracks have. And I am going to track Mangesh Dhakde’s Marathi works more closely from now on.

Music Aloud Rating: 3.5/5

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