Banners: Sikhya Entertainment, Metamozez Entertainment
Producers: Guneet Monga, Shaan Vyas, Mozez Singh
Music Directors: Ashutosh Pathak, Ishq Bector, Shree D, Manraj Patar
Lyrics: Varun Grover, Ashutosh Pathak, Surjit Patar
Music Label: T-Series
The age-old saying that music has no language comes true with debutant director Mosez Singh’s upcoming film, Zubaan. The 13-track album composed by Ashutosh Pathak (Ashu) features music that seems to be largely inspired by the music performed at his popular club, blueFROG. The album is primarily infused with Punjabi and Sufi music.
The soundtrack kicks off with the current flavour of electronic composition with Music is my Art (Niamat Salaamat). The composition has an international feel in terms of its musical arrangements and execution. Rachel Varghese has struck a chord with the composition through her rendition and has succeeded in bringing in much-required captivating but robotic vocals.
Coming to Dhruvtara (Dhoop ki zubaan), the electronic sound of the previous track carries forward to this track. With electronic music as its base sound, the composition seamlessly introduces Punjabi flavour into the track. The vocal rendition of Rachel Varghese and Keerthi Sagathia are to the point and work well along with the orchestration.
The sound changes with Bhaven tu jaan as the album gets into Punjabi music in its purest form. The composition is based only on serene guitar strums. The music arrangement is minimal as prominence is given to Baba Bullehshah’s lyrics and the vocals of Manraj Patar. Bullehshah’s lyrics of the track Kadi aa mil yaar pyareya gets a modern twist with guest composer Manraj Patar. Once again, the music is minimal and since the track is barely two minutes long, it doesn’t leave an impact.
Tu hai tera khuda brings in Ishq Bector-Shree D as the composers and is one of the stand-out songs of the album. The lyrics, penned by Varun Grover, are interesting and mirror the mind-set of today’s youth. The composition is a regular mix of Punjabi pop, club and contemporary sounds. Sagathia and Apeksha Dandekar together deliver this uplifting track, which lacks the zeal that could have made it a foot-tapping number.
Kori pukar reflects the flavour of the film and is situational. The musical treatment varies in terms of the tempo of the song, which starts at a slow pace and escalates towards the end. Mandar Deshpande and Rachel Varghese have rendered the track perfectly, varying the range of the vocals according to the pace of the composition.
Ajj saanu o mileya is once again an inspirational track that has the potential to become one a hit track. The composition is impressive as Ashu has effortlessly fused rock music with Punjabi sounds. The lyrics, penned by Surjit Patar and Varun Grover, are filled with profound Punjabi words and they catch the listener’s attention due to their message.
The mood of the track Lakh khushiyaan is sombre and well presented by Bhai Mahinder Jeet Singh. With its heavy Punjabi lyrics and slow traditional music, the track is niche and doesn’t make an impression. From here on, the album assumes Punjabi flavour, full-throttle.
Coming to the devotional track Jiske sir upar tu, the compositional arrangement is soulful and features various percussion beats. The track is situational and the singing is simple but monotonous.
The unplugged track Mittar pyaar nu appears in two versions, the male version sung by Mandar Deshpande and the child version by Saawan Jaryal. The music is minimal, highlighting the singer. In both versions, the tranquil flavour of the song is consistent.
The musical treatment carries forward to the next track Jo maange thakur sung by Bhai Maninder Jeet Singh. This track doesn’t impress much. Singh sings the next track as well, Tu mera pita. The melancholy feel is carried forward without much experimentation in the music. The composer seems to have deliberately maintained a similar music base for all the sad numbers.
The mood lifts with the devotional track Ek onkar, which has a Sufi base and is sung by Minu Bakshi. The musical treatment is quite similar to the earlier track Jiske sir upar tu but the change in musical flavour is welcome.
Verdict: An interesting mix!