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Music Review: Agneepath

Ranjani Saigal

(This article is sponsored by Sounds Of India)

For the cult classic remake of Agneepath featuring superstar Hrithik Roshan, Dharma Productions made the unusual choice of using the relative newcomers Ajay-Atul. But the choice turns to be a superb one as Ajay-Atul create a track that will be making the rounds in many a DJ evenings.

From the get go the  much hyped item number, "Chikini Chameli"  has the potential to prove a challenge to Munni Badnam and Sheila ki Jawani. It's high on Nagada and Dhol beats with Shreya Ghoshal, known for her sugary-sweet vocals. She seductively renders the line "Aayi Chikini Chameli, Pahua Chada Ke Aayi" and Katrina Kaif performs some equally seductive moves bound to make this a superhit number.  

The soundtrack takes a complete u-turn with "O Saiyyan" with minimum/soft arrangements where Roop Kumar Rathod casts a magical spell on the listeners with his voice alongside some quality Sitar and Tabla Jugalbandi in the interlude. It is a lovely number -- may be suitable for Valentine's day   Amitabh Bhattacharya is effervescent with his lyrics.  

"Gun Gun Guna" has a Rahman touch right from the start. It starts in the first 30 seconds with layers of instruments adding on after each line.  Sunidhi Chauhan perfectly brings on the fun/positive mood which has an Amitabh Bhattacharya stamp all over it. The conversational lyrics are quite  the highlight of the composition.  The song ends with Udit Narayan doing a small cameo at the end . A lovely hummable tune.

Sukhwinder Singh, Krishna Beura and Anand Raj Anand, three artists known for their high pitched octave notes, brings forward a qawwali, "Shah Ka Rutba" that will surely be the highlight of the movie. It's more on the lines of "Azeem-O-Shaan-Shehanshah" from Jodha Akbar  Amitabh Bhattacharya does really well for some Urdu/Sufi lyrics that make this number a winner all the way!

Sonu Nigam is fantastic in  "Abhi Mujhe Mein Kahin", a six minute composition where the musical arrangements are more or less same as in ''O Saiyyan'' but the result is even better this time and certainly will strike an instant chord with the music enthusiasts resulting in high 'repeat' value. The instrumental Jugalbandi of Sitar, Piano and Violin in both the interludes create a peaceful ambiance where vocals and lyrics dominate proceedings.  

With immense expectations, one lands on the last track, "Deva Shree Ganesha", a devotional forte that belongs to the composer duo of Ajay-Atul. It starts with some usual enchants, Nagada sounds and enters Ajay Gogavale with his graceful voice and the result is an elegant composition which is creative, devotional and may be used for a climax sequence in the movie. The last one minute is opulent and has the power to provide an adrenaline rush with the Aarti enchants. Superb!

The movie is already filling halls and the soundtrack is certainly proving to be hit as well.!

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