Sunday, 27 October 2013

Ram-Leela Music Review

Movie: Ram-Leela

Cast: Ranveer Singh,Deepika Padukone

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Music Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

  
"Ram-Leela" is Sanjay Leela Bhansali's another love epic, an Indian adaptation of Romeo-Juliet. Music for the movie has also been composed by the director who had previously composed for his 2010 movie "Guzaarish". Lets see whether he has done justice to his songs.

1.Ang Laga De Re-Aditi Paul,Shail Hada

A sensuous track which flows with love, love and more love. This haunting melody instantly hooks on to on the very first listen. With the spiritual chorus in the "Ram ratan man.." line, the song entirely jumps into the romantic world. Indial Idol contestant Aditi Paul renders the number beautifully in her own unique way and Shail Hada's humming in the interlude is excellent. A magical track, not to be missed!!!

2.Dhoop Se-Shreya Ghoshal

It is a slow solo number that has a rather low tempo and a good stock tune. This track holds similarity to many of the evergreen melodies of Lata Mangeshkar. The heroine here is our nightingale Shreya Ghoshal who croons this beautiful love song amazingly. Though it is a short number, it stays with you for a long time.

3.Ishqyaun Dhishqyaun-Aditya Narayanan

This track is entirely filled with fun and frolic. With the repetitive digitalized flute interludes and funny words like "Ishqyaun Dhisqyaun..", this number is purely enjoyable. But it has an average tune construction and the length of the track also tests our patience. Aditya Narayanan sounds much like his father Udit Narayanan in many places. Nevertheless, his voice suits best for this number.

4.Laal Ishq-Arjit Singh

"Wow" is the only word that comes to mind as you listen to this song. Based on Sufi music, this track is entirely spiritual and divine. A contemporary composition that sways between many classical genres. The sound of temple bells and the heavenly chants "Laal Ishq.." makes this number entirely situational. It is refreshing to hear Arjit Singh (Tum hi ho) in his Hindustani avatar. His voice mesmerizes the listener. This track would surely appeal to classical music lovers.

5.Lahu Munh Lag Gaya-Shail Hada

This song incorporates all the Gujarati elements and goes into a love mode with folk as its base. The instruments used in this track stand out and deserves a special applause. This number reminds us of Aankhon ki Gustakhiyan track from HDDCS. With beautiful poetic lyrics and some good singing by Shail Hada, this track is yet another situational one that might appeal to only a particular group of listeners.

6.Mor Bani Thanghat Kare-Osman Mir,Aditi Paul

It is a traditional Gujarati track that has an addictive tune. It is constructed and arranged in a good rhythmic pace. This number would become popular once the visuals are out. Sufi singer Osman Mir yields the megaphone with ease and Aditi Paul has nothing much to do here. The lyrics "Mor Bani Thanghat Kare..." by Rabindranath Tagore has been used here well by Siddharth-Garima. Overall, a passable number.

7.Nagada Sang Dhol Baje-Shreya Ghoshal,Osman Mir

Here comes the chartbuster of the album. This highly energetic Garba number gets you onto the dance floor. The Dhol beats are simply irresistible and makes you go crazy as the song progresses. It is almost like a sequel to the Dholi Taro Dhol Baje number from HDDCS. No one could have done justice to this song other than Shreya Ghoshal. She is high on energy and adds spice to the track. An exhilirating song that drives you all the way to Gujarat!!!

8.Poore Chand-Shail Hada

Remember Chand Chupa Badal Mein from HDDCS? Well, I think Bhansali has not got over his addiction for songs that contain Chand(Moon). This track is a soulful romantic number that has a few memorable lines. Sung passionately by Shail Hada, this one captures the listener and leaves you wanting for more. A good number!!!

9.Ram Chahe Leela-Bhoomi Trivedi

This track kick starts with peppy beats and has high Gujarati influence. It is a fierce track that might appear at an important point in the movie. With Priyanka Chopra making a special appreance in this number, it is sure to rock the charts for a long time. Bhoomi Trivedi, another Indian Idol contestant debuts with this song and she is simply awesome in delivering this song. Another chartbuster!!!

10.Tattad Tattad-Aditya Narayanan

This one is a masti number. It is entirely entertaining and the catchy,repetitive "Tattad tattad.." brings a smile on your lips. Aditya Narayanan comes again with a track that his suitable for his voice. This song has already been promoted with a lot of promos and is already a chartbuster. Need to say more???

Verdict:

Though it has the Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam hangover, it has its unique way of representing the songs. With a mix of folk, romantic and classical numbers, this album would surely find a place in 100 best soundtracks to listen. It is soulful and refreshing to hear good music being created in a generation where commercial songs are in vogue. A musically rich album, go for it!!! Kudos to Sanjay Leela Bhansali!!!  

Rating: ****

Picks:

Ang Laga De,Laal Ishq,Lahu Mun Lag Gaya,Nagada Sang Dhol Baje,Poore Chand,Ram Chahe Leela




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