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After listening to the soundtrack of Udaan, two things strike you. One, the lyrics by Amitabh Bhattachaya which are plain brilliant – his words are totally in sync with the theme of the film and convey the many moods of the protagonist perfectly. And next, the fact that this album is clearly not mainstream and comprises only of songs that are integral to the screenplay of the film, which means there are no random item songs, love songs and suchlike.

Aazaadiyan (Amit Trivedi, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Neuman Pinto) starts off slow, only to burst midway into this wonderful soft rock number about hope and freedom. Bhattacharya’s words beautifully capture the uncertainty of the future.

Kahani – ankhon ke parde par is along similar lines as Aazaadiyan with the singers, Joi Barua and Neuman Pinto, rendering this track in perfect harmony. Motumaster, sung by a host of singers including Anurag Kashyap, makes for fun listening! While the tune is average, it’s Kashyap’s quirky lyrics that get your attention.

Geet mein dhalte lafzon mein (Amit Trivedi, Amitabh Bhattacharya) is a feel-good track, easy on the ears. Bhattacharya’s lyrics are particularly uplifting. Naav – chadthi lehren laang na paaye is a nice blend of folk and rock. Mohan’s rustic vocals coupled with the motivational lyrics make this a delightful track.

Nadi mein talab hain, about breaking free and taking your own path in life, has compelling lyrics by Bhattacharya. There is a freshness in the way the singers (Amit Trivedi, Joi Barua and Neuman Pinto) have rendered this song, almost giving it a college band feel though in terms of sound, it’s quite like the other numbers in this album.

Though the success of such a soundtrack will depend heavily on how the film fares at the box office, there is no denying that Trivedi is one of the brightest talents in this industry. And Udaan substantiates that fact.

Verdict: Experimental

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