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Music Review - Udaan

Ranjani Saigal

(This article is sponsored by Sounds Of India)

Udaan  marks a prestigious moment in the history of Indian cinema after it debuted at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival this year and is surely a dream start for director Motwane- Bollywood films showcased at Cannes are a rare event.

Composer Amit Trivedi has partnered with lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya for an interesting musical score

Kahaani Aankhon Ke Pardon Pe is a short but sublime piece The acoustic guitar  is strummed softly to convey the required emotions of a new beginning. The drums and percussion then take over during the chorus lines but it’s all done softly so as not to disturb your relaxed state of mind. Singing is less prominent here but Joi Barua and Nueman Pinto sound mesmerising for the part they do get. A slow track that does make you listen to Amitabh Bhattacharya's words carefully, 'Kahaani-Aankhon Ke Pardon Pe' gets into a soft rock a minute later, hence bringing on the theme and mood, as evidenced in campus scores.

Geet Kuchh Naya To Zaroor Hai is a happy-go soft rock ballad meshed with a delightful blast of fresh and innovative twists. The mood is that of hope and a better life ahead, hence bringing in a positive sense to the proceedings. Starting off with a lovely piano he moves onto a short guitar variant before exploding the song into life with the drums and percussion and of course the guitar (electric). The composer sings this himself alongside the lyricist Amitabh and both do a decent job.

Udaan  is a more energetic track. There is a 50s sound in the way 'Udaan-Nadi Mein Talab Hai' begins. Unlike the previous tracks the guitar, drums and beats sound lively and peppy. Both Joi and Nueman join Amit for a singing trilogy.  A lovely number which is also lively.

Naav a traditional folksy song is turned on its head by Amit and the end result is an invigorating twist. Mohan’s powerful rendition is  a splendid highlight. Lyrics play second fiddle here but are fine. This piece is one of the best tracks.

Motumaster-Iski Maa Agar Isse which comes soon after is not great mainly because of the loud manner in which it begins. With a huge bunch of singers coming together in the form of Raman Mahadevan, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Bonnie Chakravarthy, Kshitij Wagh, Shriram Iyer, Tochi Raina, Amit Trivedi and Anurag Kashyap, this song doesn't click. But arguably the biggest ovation goes to Anurag Kashyap for his satirical lyrics that flip between amusement, hilarity and thought provoking lines.

Aazaadiyan-Pairon Ki Bediyan goes back into the same mode as the earlier tracks in the album. Amit Trivedi, Neuman Pinto, Nikhil D'Souza and Amitabh Bhattacharya come together for this soft track. Yet another track about breaking the rules, 'Aazaadiyan-Pairon Ki Bediyan' is practically composed in the same mode as 'Kahaani-Aankhon Ke Pardon Pe'.

“Theme” is a gorgeous piano piece (by Felix Hug) that will heal your soul. Backing vocals are by Joi and Neuman. It makes for a great final track.

Overall a great album.

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