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Music Review: Monty's 'Black' - Wonderfully Wordless

Chitra Parayath

(This article is sponsored by Sounds Of India)

Very rarely does one come across an album that thrills and elevates one to such giddying heights as Monty’s musical score for ‘Black’

The film itself is garnering rave reviews for the stars (Rani, Amitabh and young Ayesha Kappo) and the director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali. A creative variety of soothing, relaxing and innovative tunes, some are quiet and melodic while others start slow and reach cataclysmic heights.

From Michelle’s theme to W.A.T.E.R, there are over twenty satisfying tracks in the album. The names are as intriguing as the composition's themselves, 'Just Shifting Rooms' and 'This Bulb is dying' are fitting examples.

An aural journey of promise and pure pleasure, Monty’s ‘Black’ begs repeated play even though it is mostly wordless. The film runs only two hours, and with no traditional Bollywood style musical production numbers, the one song rendered by Gayatri Iyer, "Han maine chhukar dekha hai" complements Prasoon Joshi's lyrics perfectly.

33-year-old Monty has worked with  Bhansali's before on songs in "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam" and the entire background score of "Devdas".
Music runs in Monty's family. The composing maestro Pyarelal (of Laxmikant-Pyarelal fame) is Monty's uncle.

Made some forty odd years after Arthur Penn’s classic, ‘The Miracle Worker’, Bhansali’s version has Rani playing the role of Patty Duke and Amitabh a male version of Ann Bancroft.

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