After being active on the music scene for several years, Clinton Cerejo has made his debut as a composer in Shefali Bhushan’s soon-to-be-released film Jugni. In these times of multi-composer soundtracks, Cerejo has gone solo, offering 11 tracks for this upcoming musical. Heavily dominated by Punjabi folk and Sufi flavours, the soundtrack of Jugni matches the earthy flavour of the film.
The title track takes a slow start with the base of mandolin highlighting Javed Bashir’s vocals. The song soon picks up pace with heavy-hitting Punjabi lyrics paired with folk sounds and a fervour brought in by the mandolin and the guitar tunes. The musical treatment of the song is similar to the tracks one hears in a show like Coke Studio. The song Jugni also features in an unplugged version where the composer has removed the guitar base and has only focused on the mandolin and the vocals. For the unplugged version, the composer has also got Neha Kakkar on board for a duet with Bashir. Although the musical treatment is different, it doesn’t attract as much attention as the original version.
For the first time with the folk track Dugg duggi dug, Vishal Bhardwaj goes behind the mic for another composer. The composition is simple and a soft blend due to the sweet and romantic lyrics. The musical arrangement concentrates mainly on relaxed percussion beats and guitar strums. Bhardwaj has done an excellent job while rendering this soulful track, bringing in the required thehraav.
Next in line is a fusion track Hatt mullah sung by Bianca Gomes who starts on a softer note with English lyrics penned by Cerejo. Gomes does justice to the English verse which is clubbed with Western orchestration. The song seamlessly transitions into Hindi verses, with Cerejo taking the lead. The transition not only changes the language but also the energy of the track. The highlight of the song is the fusion between Sufi and Western music. The reprised version of the track gets a dramatic and lingering treatment followed by Gomes and Cerejo’s vocals. In comparison, the song is slow and short.
Rekha Bhardwaj’s vocals for the folk track Bolladiyaan once again offers an unplugged feel due to its orchestration. The musical arrangements are minimal as the main focus here is the rustic voice of Bhardwaj. The singer has succeeded in rendering this soulful track but its slow pace makes it a niche song.
Dil ke sang brings in typical Punjabi bhangra pop sounds and is sung by Cerejo and Nakash Aziz. The full-throttle vocals go along with the fast-paced orchestration. The playful track brings in the much-needed refreshing flavour to the album.
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan sings the qawwali track Zarre zarre mein noor bhara with Jazim Sharma. The song starts on a slow note but quickly escalates to a typical filmy qawwali, full of percussion beats. The track immediately grabs the attention of listeners due to its strong rendition and musical combination.
Bashir returns for yet another Punjabi number Dilaan de saudey that loosely falls in the space of the title song. The flavour gets an overhaul as Cerejo clubs Indian folk sounds with the hard-rock genre. The catchy track attracts attention with its engaging fusion of Indian classical sounds, especially sargams blended with guitar strums. The song won’t take long to grow on listeners, especially lovers of rock.
Another fun number Joban hai shawa is sung by Neha Kakkar. The song gets a rustic folk treatment and is further clubbed with conversational lyrics.
The much-talked-about AR Rahman track comes next with Lakhon salaam and is sung by Kashif Sahib. The slow-paced prayer has a poignant feel and is one of the longest tracks of the album. The musical arrangement is minimal, once again highlighting the vocals.
The album ends with Cerejo’s take on Waris Shah’s Heer and is rendered by Aziz. The meditative rendition is the highlight of the song.
Verdict: A must-have for music lovers.