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Aiyyari album review: Score one for romantic

Mini project: Aiyaary has a three song soundtrack  

Director Neeraj Pandey’s lyricist of choice for his last two directorial ventures – Manoj Muntashir – has been retained in his role for Aiyaary’s short soundtrack which has just three numbers! In ‘Yaad Hai’ he is joined by composer Ankit Tiwari, who has had a rather quiet 2017. The long break doesn’t seem to have helped his creativity a lot unfortunately – ‘Yaad Hai’ is the slow, atmospheric paean of longing that we have heard multiple times in the recent past in mildly varying forms. Not to say that it is not nice; it still has some allure to it, thanks partly to Muntashir’s lines and the vocal efforts by the very Shreya Ghoshal-esque Palak Muchhal and Tiwari himself, but it is also as easily forgotten (ironic when you consider the song’s title).

The album’s remaining two songs are composed by Rochak Kohli, getting a promotion from guest composer in Pandey’s last (M S Dhoni - The Untold Story) to lead composer (incidentally he was also lead composer for the 2017 Baby spin-off movie Naam Shabana that had a screenplay by Pandey). Kohli’s first track ‘Shuru Kar’ is an attempt at an inspirational anthem of sorts, but ends up being a tedious listen instead. Amit Mishra and Neha Bhasin handle the singing in this one. The only interesting aspect about the song is the fact that the songs arranger-programmer Aditya Dev plays the harpejji (an electric stringed musical instrument) in the song. Although one couldn’t discern the sound of it much though, this is the first time that I have come across the harpejji being used in films by someone other than A R Rahman.

The composer however scores a winner in his other song, the romantic ‘Lae Dooba’. While this song too is not particularly fresh in its melody or the acoustic guitar-led treatment, there is enough going on here to make you like ‘Lae Dooba’ despite that. The primary thing in the song’s favour is its spotless rendition by Sunidhi Chauhan, there is especially comforting about the way she sings the title phrase.

Aiyaary then has a short soundtrack with just one standout song, supplied by Rochak Kohli and Sunidhi Chauhan. Then again, director Pandey’s movies aren’t really remembered for their music.


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