Early in December, Farhan Akhtar had tweeted a picture of himself and Amitabh Bachchan recording a track in the studio for Wazir. While the picture generated ample curiosity regarding the album of the film, the wait is finally over. T-Series has released the jukebox of Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s upcoming film Wazir. Once again, the soundtrack rests on the shoulders of multiple composers, bringing in different genres. The short album, comprising six tracks, stays true to the theme of the film.
With the winning combination of Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal, the melodious opening track Tere bin introduces filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra as lyricist. Chopra has offered simple yet expressive lyrics, which have been further elevated with the vocals of Nigam and Ghoshal. Shantanu Moitra’s composition is broadly based on the harmonical tunes comprising piano, tabla and the flute. The musical arrangement is a throwback to the composer’s earlier track Piyu bole from Parineeta.
Ankit Tiwari takes the lead with Tu mere paas, penned by Manoj Muntashir. Tiwari sticks to his regular sound palette of longing yet mellow musical arrangements. The composer does a decent job of crooning the subtle track that highlights his vocals and complements the music.
Coming to the qawwali track in the album, Moitra composes a modern track Maula, which goes well with the flavour of the film. The seamless guitar strums entwined with the standard elements of qawwali are the highlight of this track. The song is further elevated by the sturdy vocals of Javed Ali.
The intriguing track Tere liye, composed by Prashant Pillai, lends the album a dark aura. Though gloomy, the track features a distinctive fusion of genres like Sufi and electronica. The fusion track is balanced with the singing of Gagan Baderiya and Pillai himself. The haunting music towards the end of the track will give listeners goose bumps.
Amitabh Bachchan goes behind the mic for Khel khel mein, whose opening stanza was a teaser in the film’s trailer. Aptly penned by Abhijeet Deshpande, the track also marks the debut of the band Advaita to Bollywood, as composers. The captivating musical arrangements are taken a notch higher by the unmistakable baritone of Bachchan. The composition is filled with the seamless arrangements of an electronic soundscape constructed around the classical bols and sarangi solos by Suhail Yusuf Khan.
Summarising the overall feel and tone of the album, Gaurav Godkhindi’s instrumental theme track ends the album on an intense and aggravating note. The track, which starts on a sombre note, escalates towards the end and acts more like a background score or end-credit music.
Verdict: A situational album that highlights the strength of its composers.