Amit Trivedi starts his year with Abhishek Kapoor’s upcoming romantic drama Fitoor based on Charles Dickens’ novel Great Expectations. This will be the second outing of Trivedi, Kapoor and Swanand Kirkire, after the successful album Kai Po Che. While Kapoor has proved that he has an ear for good music with his earlier films like Rock On!! and Kai Po Che, Trivedi made his mark composing tracks that are experimental but still in the realm of Bollywood music. With seven songs in the offering, the music of Fitoor is designed keeping in mind the film’s backdrop and is based on the folk music of Kashmir.
The title track boasts the signature tune of Trivedi filled with well-orchestrated string instruments. The song is sung by Arijit Singh, who brings out the serene yet evocative emotions of the song, aptly supported by Kirkire’s poetic lyrics. What makes the song instantly likeable is the consistent but melodious momentum that doesn’t go overboard and gives off a peaceful trance-like feel.
Trivedi goes behind the mic with his next offering Pashmina. The tranquility of the song is well replicated by the composer through his singing, backed by Inapakurti D Rao’s flute. The song is exquisitely laced with gentle orchestration with the tunes of guitar and violin.
Zeb Bangash from the Pakistani pop group Zeb and Haniya has sung two songs for the album. The solo track Haminastu shows off the vocal prowess of the singer backed by well-arranged tunes, and the frenzied progression of Darshan Doshi’s drums intermingled with Tapas Roy’s saz and santoor towards the end. This is the highlight of the track. Kirkire brings in a Persian couplet at the start of the song, giving it an ethnic feel.
For her second track, Hone do baatiyan, Zeb collaborates with Nandini Srikar. Roy starts the track with pluck instruments rabab and bouzouki, bringing in a folkish Kashmiri feel. The vocals of Zeb and Srikar complemented by meticulously arranged music contribute to this dreamy serenade. By now, the album has cemented the fact that it is compositionally heavy, appearing as if it belongs to an enchanted fairy tale.
The charmingly romantic track Tere liye brings Sunidhi Chauhan and Jubin Nautiyal together. With the composition primarily based on guitar and violin tunes, the pop melody is elevated by Chauhan and Nautiyal’s impressive singing. The dramatic pause in between accentuates the feel of the track.
The album ends with Rangaa re, which is available in two versions. While one is a duet with Chauhan and Trivedi, the English version features Caralisa Monteiro instead of Chauhan. The sound of the album differs with this track as the arrangements are sparked with retro-pop interspersed with techno-sync elements. The singing in both versions goes along with the music but given the arrangement of the track, the English verse creates better impact.
Verdict: A winner!