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Udta Punjab

shahid-kapoor-4-452016Album: Udta Punjab

Banners: Balaji Motion Pictures,Phantom Films

Producers: Shobha Kapoor, EktaKapoor, Sameer Nair, Aman Gill, VikasBahl, Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap

Music Director: Amit Trivedi

Lyrics: Shellee, Late Shri Shiv Kumar Batalvi, Varun Grover

Music Label: Zee Music Company

Time and again, Amit Trivedi has offered quite a few unique sounds through his albums, whether the folk and Western fusion in Queen or the jazz-filled soundtrack of Bombay Velvet. This time around, the composer has played with electronic, rock and psychedelic music, which is the crux of Abhishek Chaubey’s upcoming thriller Udta Punjab as the film revolves around rampant drug abuse in Punjab. With Shahid Kapoor portraying the character of a rock star, the film is high on music.

Opening track Chitta ve instantly offers a glimpse into the flavour of the album. Babu Habib kickstarts the number with his electrifying rap, with Shahid Mallya and Bhanu Pratap taking on the melody. The musical treatment is gritty and filled with electronic tunes while the singing and music complement each other, bringing out the flamboyance of the track. It is the lyrics that highlight the dark nature of the song.

The thumping loud music mood mellows with Da da dasse, which features a rhythmic hip-hop style, addictive arrangement. The song reaches new heights with the vocals of Kanika Kapoor and it is quite refreshing to hear the Baby doll singer in this melodious number, a far cry from her item songs.

Late Shri Shiv Kumar Batalvi’s heart-wrenching number Ikk kudi gets new treatment with Trivedi’s version. The song comes in two styles, one sung by Shahid Mallya and the reprised version sung by Diljit Dosanjh. For Mallya’s version, the composer has used a ballad-like treatment for the music, coupled with a soft and romantic tune whereas for Diljit’s reprised version, the musical treatment is filled with rock orchestration.

The Punjabi hip-hop style composition becomes the core of Ud-Daa Punjab. The addictive and funky tune is well complemented by the singing of Trivedi, where the boldness and audacity of the lyrics are well displayed by Vishal Dadlani through his rap. Varun Grover’s lyrics talk about how drugs have influenced Punjab and the lyrics though informative are not preachy.

Hass nach le, sung by Mallya gets qawwali-style treatment. The composition primarily features harmonium-led sounds, with rhythmic tunes minimal thereby highlighting the vocals. Mallya has done an impressive job with his singing and brings the out the native flavour of the track.

Amit Trivedi goes behind the mic for Vadiya, which is written by Shellee. The fast-paced track has the compositional structure of a techno-trance song and could easily find its place in clubs and pubs due to its musical treatment. The lyrics highlight the mind-altering effects of drugs on its users.

Verdict: Experimental at its best

Swagata Panjari
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