After Manmarziyaan, Sui Dhaaga: Made In India is the latest addition to the new trend of folk music that has taken over mainstream Bollywood. What a refreshing change! The very mainstream Anu Malik and the offbeat Varun Grover come together to helm a total of five original compositions for the film. The album takes us back to a time when a single composer spearheaded an entire album. Read on to know more…
Chaav laaga has a very Moh moh ke dhaage feel. With Anu Malik on board, the mellifluous track sounds like a ‘90s song (“Raaste… aaste chal zara”), but it works with the mood of the film. It is a delight to listen to Ronkini Gupta who has given us one of the most melodious songs of our times in the form of Rafu a year ago. Papon’s vocals have nostalgia all over it. Full marks to Varun Grover for beautifully conveying the beauty as well as the upheavals that a relationship goes through (“Tera chaav laaga jaise koi ghaav laaga”)! The hook line is very catchy and stays with you. It is undoubtedly the best track of the album. It slowly grows on you and leaves you with a warm feeling.
Khatar patar starts with a jovial mix of instruments. Though a simple composition, Grover’s words are symbolic and deep. The song talks about the lemons that life throws at the protagonists and how they take them in their stride. It is refreshing to see him bringing words like chatur, gehlas and bakswa to the mainstream. Papon’s voice perfectly complements this composition. The instruments used as a transition between the stanzas and at the background stands out. Hinglish words make the song very colloquial. Despite all that, it lacks repeat value.
Ronkini Gupta returns to lend her voice to a beautiful and intense ballad called Tu hi aham. Her aalaaps lift the song many notches. The use of the flute tugs at the heartstrings. Its words (“Tann yeh khwaab ka aadi, mann yeh keet patanga, jhooth ke deeve naache, jhootha bane malanga”) render a dramatic and dreamy effect. The dark horse of the album, we are left wanting more of it. We only wish this song was promoted as much as the first two!
The title track, Sui Dhaaga, is the somber version of Khatar patar. It shares the same chorus as the latter track, which qualifies as a better title track. With its intense dramatic vibe, the song seems out of place. Despite Divya Kumar’s powerful vocals, it is a passable track. On the other hand, Sab badhiya hai, sadly, is not so badhiya. The peppy track is very folksy and peppered with tunes of the harmonium and dhol. Salman Ali’s aalaap ups its desi flavour. However, it is an unnecessary promotional track and fails to stay with you.
The album of Sui Dhaaga: Made In India stays true to its essence. It is earthy and completely desi. The new avatar that we see, of Anu Malik in his second innings, is impressive. What works against the album is that the songs are not hummable. While some of them are incredible compositions, others lack repeat value. It fails to live up to Sharad Katariya’s last outing, Dum Laga Ke Haisha.