17 Sep 2011

Music Review: MAUSAM: A Touch of Soul


Music: Pritam / Lyrics: Irshad Kamil 
We would like to start with applause for two separate mesmerizing takes by Shahid Mallya and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan on Rabba main to mar gaya oy. The prolific and plagiarism-tagged Pritam last composed something as soft and original in the 2007 films Jab We Met (Tum se hi, tum se hi) and Life in a Metro (In dino dil mera). The flavour is largely Punjabi, except for a sole whirling Karsan Sagathia Gujarat-garba composition Aag lage us aag ko. A glowing addition to the album.

The other dual version, the sufi-soul Ik tu hi tu hi tu hi has maximum effect in the Wadali Brothers version, the male chorus of the refrain dilute the beautiful Hans Raj Hans version a little. Some rare moments of depth in this Hindi soundtrack decade are embedded in this one song.

The Mika attitude is again at its guttural peak with Sajh dajh ke, the Nagada (Jab We Met)  déjà vu is fleeting, the story-telling of Kamil shines through here, where an NRI groom is teasingly accused of discarding everything of his rural life, except the colourful attire and style. The vocal selection is spot on to the demands, as we see Rashid Khan go full stretch on the part-ghazal Poore se zara sa kam hai, (filled with calculated percussion add-ons) and pull it off with ease. The Tochi Raina rendered Mallo Malli is a surprise, a dance number with a medium pace, the lyrical ode to love again. Stud of the pack. The remixes are passe for us. 

While Ram Sampath’s Delhi Belly stood out for variety, daredevilry and cheeky stuff, Pritam’s Mausam is a good foil to end up as one of the best soundtracks in the calendar year.        

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