‘Bombay Talkies’ album high on emotions, celebrations (IANS Music Review)

Film: Bombay Talkies; Music Composer: Amit Trivedi; Singers: Kailash Kher, Amit Trivedi, Mohit Chauhan, Kavita Seth, Richa Sharma, Javed Bashir, Sukhwinder Singh; Rating ***

The music album of upcoming movie “Bombay Talkies” has six tracks. The movie, a compilation of four short films by Karan Johan, Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar and Dibakar Banerjee, is said to be an ode to the Indian Film Industry on its completion of 100 years and the music is in line with the theme.

Although a few tracks can get a little disappointing keeping in mind the purpose of the film, but they score averagely.

It starts with “Akkad bakkad”. Sung by Mohit Chauhan, the song is larger than life and has a magical feel. Gradually, it picks up pace and talks about 100 years of Indian cinema. A happy song, which brings a nostalgic feel about the film industry, cannot be typecast. In the true sense, the composition is a musical tribute to 100-year-old filmdom.

The next is “Murabba”, sung by Kailash Kher and Kavita Seth. The violin’s sound dominates the introduction and brings in a very happy feel. For once, you can avoid paying attention to the lyrics because the music is worth listening to. There are happy songs and sad songs, but this one takes you to another level of ecstasy. Even if you don’t like it initially, it would grow on you after some time.

Then follows “Bombay Talkies”, title song of the anthology movie. The beats are fast, in rhythm and overall it is a happy fun song. However, as it picks up pace too fast, listeners might not be able to grasp the feelings in the song. This one too talks about 100 years celebration of Indian cinema. Kailash’s voice weaves magic like always. However, Richa’s voice sounds a little misfit alongside Kailash.

Another version of “Murabba”, sung by Javed Bashir, comes next. Different from the previous version, it’s more dramatic in nature. With continuous chugging of engine sound “chuk chuk” in the background, the fast number, sung well, works in sync with the music. The drums and the trumpet sounds give it a fresh touch. However, the song’s ending is approached in an unexpected manner. In short, one can term it serious and darker version.

Another track, titled “Apna Bombay Talkies”, has a host of singers singing it and is a kind of a promotional song, which gives a “dekh tamasha dekh” feel. It is a fast, peppy track and has a vintage feeling to it. It would be interesting to watch the video of the song. Of course, it is extravagant in nature with an old-world feel.

“Bachchan anthem” rounds up the album. Sung by Sukhwinder Singh, strumming of strings and drum beats elevate the song focusing on Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan. The song has some extracts of Big B’s popular movies.

“Bombay Talkies” songs are high on emotions. If you have an ear for classic music, then this is a must album for you. It tells a story that other musical tracks have missed out so far.

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