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Citylights

Director Hansal Mehta and actor Rajkummar Rao, who gave us the powerful biopic Shahid last year, return with Citylights, the official remake of the British film Metro Manila. This human drama also features newcomer Patralekhaa. The soundtrack has been composed by Vishesh Film’s current favorite composer Jeet Ganguli. And at the outset, let’s declare that CityLights is possibly the best score composed by Jeet for a Hindi film!

The opening melody Muskurane will play on in your head long after you have heard it. Arijit Singh, who is on a roll these days, is simply brilliant in his rendition of this lilting, soulful ballad. This track alone is reason enough to grab the album of CityLights. The lyrics by Rashmi Singh deserve special mention. The unplugged version by Mohammed Irfan, though sad and evocative, is a great listen too.

Although the composition of Darbadar is complex and unlike anything Jeet has designed earlier, it’s a captivating song. Neeti Mohan does very well in delivering this difficult song. In Ek charraiya, Arijit Singh attempts to disguise his voice to fit the folksy, Bengali tune and pulls it off beautifully. The use of the violin and guitar are noteworthy. The unplugged version by Jeet, however, doesn’t quite have the same effect.

Soney do is a raag-based composition that’s gloomy and haunting. Arijit is expectedly brilliant with his singing. The arrangement of this song is particularly impressive. The title track features two outstanding singers, Usha Uthup and Ustad Rashid Khan, and both of them do what they do best. Khan sings the classical parts with élan but Uthup seems a tad underutilised here.

Jeet Ganguli impresses with the soundtrack of CityLights. It’s definitely worth a listen.

Verdict: Good.

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