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Unremarkable multi-composer fare

A scene from 'Kabir Singh'

A scene from 'Kabir Singh'   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Kabir Singh which is the Hindi remake of the Telugu language Arjun Reddy releases today. The films’ director is the same – Sandeep Vanga and am unsure if he’s recreated every song situation from the original here. The number of songs stays the same though. For at least two songs whose videos are out, I was able to find an equivalent from the original soundtrack, which was composed by Radhan. The first of those is the composer duo, Sachet Tandon and Parampara Thakur’s ‘Bekhayali’, a stand-in for the “breakup song” ‘Telisiney Na Nuvvey’. In their arrangement, the Sachet-Parampara duo appear to have largely followed Radhan’s rock-flavoured sound. They have recreated the processed sarangi riff in the first interlude, albeit with a new tune which is highlighted by Kalyan Baruah’s pyrotechnics on the electric guitar. It is the song’s melody that’s a letdown, with a generic and done to death melancholic template that belies the imaginativeness the composers have shown in their short career so far.

If I were to pick a favourite between the two versions of the song (which differ only in terms of singer), I would prefer Arijit Singh’s over the main version sung by Tandon. The duo, fare slightly better in their second song, the pleasantly romantic ‘Mere Sohneya’ written by Irshad Kamil – surprisingly the only song with Punjabi lyrics in the album. Sachet-Parampara deliver this duet commendably, even as Shahibe Aalam shines in the backdrop with his shehnai.

Vishal Mishra is the other composer to get two songs in the album, and his first, ‘Kaise Hua’ that he sings himself, replaces ‘Emitemito’ from the original, and again appears to channel the Telugu version’s musical arrangement. Again in comparison this comes off as inferior, the lack of freshness once again taking away from the song’s appeal. Good singing by Mishra though. The prelude of the composer’s second, ‘Pehla Pyaar’, takes me back to the opening of ‘Tumse Hi Din Hota Hai’ from Jab We Met. And this one Mishra gets right – there is a fine, soaring melody in place to go with Kamil’s fab lines, that Armaan Malik renders perfectly.

Given its waltz-y base and the fact that it is a female solo, I was inclined believe that Amaal Mallik’s ‘Yeh Aaina’ could rival my favourite fromArjun Reddy, ‘Mari Mari’. As it happens, this number is my top song from the album. Mallik’s sweeping arrangement builds very well on the innate charm of the waltz format and Shreya Ghoshal is in fine form with the immensely likeable melody, making it a total winner.

Mithoon writes and composes the two versions of ‘Tujhe Kitna Chahne Lage’, sung by Arijit Singh and Jubin Nautiyal respectively. The number has the same recurring problem that’s marred Mithoon’s songs of late. There is nothing new on offer here, just another melodic template that has been milked dry. There is some variation between the two versions – in terms of melody, arrangement and lyrics, but by and large, both variants are humdrum.

Finally, there is the song by Akhil Sachdeva, ‘Tera Ban Jaunga’, which turns out to be the weakest in the soundtrack. It’s not only the song that’s weak, it is also complemented by poor rendition. I have never been a fan of Sachdeva’s singing, but in this he’s definitely the better singer, as he’s accompanied by Tulsi Kumar.

Barring a couple of tracks, Kabir Singh’s soundtrack is unremarkable multi-composer fare. It’s a pity that Vanga settled for this, after having extracted a brilliantly diverse soundtrack from Radhan for the original. Ah well, at least he didn’t include a remix.

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