Vishal Bharadwaj and Gulzar saab is a rare combination that has given us some incredible gems. Though the feel of their latest outing, Pataakha, is rooted and rustic, the album is very commercial and mainstream in its appeal. Read on to know more…
Just when you thought there was a dearth of female jugalbandis in the Hindi film industry, here comes Balma. This number is quirky, rustic and fun. It sets the mood and gives a generous glimpse of the film. Rekha Bhardwaj and Sunidhi Chauhan’s powerful vocals aptly complement each other. It is so catchy that you tend to hum the tune after your very first listen. Vishal Bhardwaj has built this folk song in his own special way. A special mention of Gulzar saab for penning the most amusing lyrics. In this conversation-like song, the sisters compete with each other about who has a better lover (“Chor uchakko re tero balma, jiya churaawe hai mero balma”). The number gathers momentum and its pep factor increases as folk instruments take over. The arrangements render a hypnotic effect. We only have one complaint – the song ends too soon!
In Pataakha, the instruments are all over the place. And that is the beauty of the track. It is a loud, upbeat track in tandem with the essence of the film. The use of occidental instruments like the guitar, clarinet, violin, accordion, trombone and trumpet renders novelty to this otherwise very desi track. We have heard Vishal Bhardwaj crooning softer numbers like Kaminey, Bekaraan and Jhelum. But it is a delight to hear him doing something different. The title track is fierce, zany and magical.
Rekha Bhardwaj is an integral part of any Vishal Bhardwaj album. Her unconventional and sultry voice is a treat to the ears, but she fails to create the Beedi and Namak magic with Hello hello. The dholak beats add a lot of spirit to the song. Still, it disappoints. Naina banjare, on the other hand, has a very modern and breezy vibe. Drum beats in the track render novelty to this slow track. It makes you wonder how it has been picturised, for the film has a very rustic setting. At a time when Arijit Singh is a part of almost every album, here comes Bhardwaj who gives him a song that helps him prove his craft. What sounds like a simple composition is powerful enough to captivate you. Just when you get into the mood of the song and start enjoying it, it abruptly ends!
Gali gali is a quintessential Bhardwaj film song. This is Sukhwinder Singh’s home ground and he owns the song. However, it is a lackluster composition and is only passable. A situational song set during the festival of Holi, it lacks freshness and repeat value. Midway through the song, you long to go back to Balma and Pataakha.
Pataakha is definitely not Vishal Bhardwaj and Gulzar saab’s best work. But it is not difficult to choose the best tracks of the album. Balma and Pataakha steal the limelight and have the potential to stay in a loop for a long time.