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Filmy Yet Unconventional

Karan Anshuman’s Bangistan will be the first musical offering from composer Ram Sampath in 2015. After being part of several non-film projects such as Coke Studio, Satyamev Jayate and more, Sampath makes a comeback in Bollywood. The comedy-delight featuring Riteish Deshmukh and Pulkit Samrat deals with the eccentric story of two blundering terrorists on a mission to change the world. While Sampath has certainly impressed listeners with his composition in slapstick comedies such as Delhi Belly and Fukrey, we gave the album a listen to find out whether the composer has succeeded in weaving magic yet again. With Farhan Akhtar being the producer and a well-known musician, expectations from the soundtrack are even higher.

The opening track Ishq karengey brings out a qawwali flavour clubbed with offbeat lyrics. The musical arrangements are filled with typical qawwali sounds comprising the harmonium, tabla and dholak. Abhishek Nehwal has done a commendable job in hitting the high notes, whereas Sona Mohapatra has soothed the track with her vocals. Surprisingly, Shadab Faridi’s singing falls short in front of the vocal prowess of Nehwal and Mohapatra. While the track doesn’t feature any experimentation on the musical front, the composer has played with the arrangements in the second version of the song. The EDM version of the tracks mellows the original music elements and replaces them with electronic sound, adding another layer.

Hogi kranti sounds rebellious and at its quirky best. Kudos to lyricist Puneet Krishna, who has flawlessly played with words. The song, which starts with the tunes of the march past, swiftly branches out into the known composition of Mann mein hai vishwas. While Mann mein hai vishwas is a hopeful song, boosting listeners to fulfill their dreams and bring peace, the protagonist is confident of doing otherwise. A situational song, it goes along with the plot of the movie. Sampath and Nehwal are behind the mic for this track.

Once again the lyricist pens his humorous librettos on Saturday night, which is convincingly delivered through the apt singing of Benny Dayal, Aditi Singh Sharma, Neeraj Sridhar and Janusz Krucinski. The energetic singing goes along with the bouncy and catchy yet traditional Central Asian music composition.

Maula, the well-penned song that talks about religion, has deftly blended the flavours of Sufiana and Bhajan tunes. The pensive tone of the track is aptly projected through Rituraj Mohanty’s singing.

Up next is Siddarth Basrur’s Meri zidd. The song starts with peaceful tunes and soon enters rock mode. The escalation in tempo that is laden with energetic guitar strums and drum beats is commendable. Basrur’s singing is well complemented with the vocals of Sampath, which escalates the vigour of the track.

The album ends with the filmy track Is duniya se ladna hai, sung by Suraj Jagan. This is yet another rock song. The track features a compactly-styled composition filled with heavy drum beats and grungy guitar.

Verdict: Staying true to his reputation, the composer enters unconventional territory again.

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