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Good things come in twos

Twin treats: Phillauri (above) is Shashwat Sachdev’s show through and through; Salim-Sulaiman deliver another quality soundtrack in Poorna (below).

Twin treats: Phillauri (above) is Shashwat Sachdev’s show through and through; Salim-Sulaiman deliver another quality soundtrack in Poorna (below).  

While Jasleen Royal is the weak link in Phillauri’s soundtrack, Poorna’s music could do with a little more attention than it is getting

Two music reviews this time for movies that fall on pretty much the opposite ends of the spectrum. Phillauri is generating some buzz for being Punjabi star Diljit Dosanjh’s sophomore Bollywood outing (alongside Anushka Sharma) after Udta Punjab last year. Like his previous film, Phillauri’s music, composed by Shashwat Sachdev and Jasleen Royal, has a strong Punjabi skew. The other film, which should receive far more attention, is Rahul Bose’s feature Poorna about the youngest girl to climb Mount Everest. Bose is returning to direction after a gap of over 15 years, and the short, largely thematic, soundtrack is by Salim-Sulaiman.

Phillauri

The simplicity in most of Phillauri’s songs and their roots in Punjabi folk harks back to Mausam (2011). Thankfully, composer Shashwat Sachdev does not quite share Pritam’s penchant for creating multiple versions of songs in a soundtrack. So Phillauri’s Dum Dum’ is the only one with three variants. A young and promising singer named Romy lends his voice to two of the three versions of ‘Dum Dum’, assisted by the movie’s executive music producer Vivek Hariharan. Both versions are largely similar and equally engaging. But the third one, sung by the film’s leading man Diljit Dosanjh, is most appealing, thanks to its ambient sound, and stringed instruments played by David Sinchury and Youngmin Kim. In ‘Sahiba’, Romy is joined by Pawni Pandey (who recently sang the Laila remix in Raees). This tune, too, is built on a fine fabric of guitars and other plucked strings with a catchy melody. The celebratory folksiness of ‘Bajaake Tumba’ sounds familiar, but the composer’s skills manage to introduce a spark in the second verse. Plus, the overall liveliness of the track, thanks to Romy and Shehnaz Akhtar’s vocals, makes it a worthwhile listen.

Sachdev’s final ‘Naughty Billo’, too, rides on a traditional and oft-heard folk melodic base. But the composer’s clever use of electronica makes it a track for the dancefloor. Behind the mic are Nakash Aziz and Shilpi Paul, with Sharma making her debut as a rapper. Guest composer Jasleen Royal gets two wedding-themed songs, but unfortunately neither is fun. The first of the two is the upbeat ‘What’s Up’, which fares better of the two. Mika Singh leads the vocals on this one and Royal herself plays sidekick. The mellow ‘Din Shagna Da’ is Royal’s previously released 2013 single used as is. It does have some nice touches, like Advaita frontman Suhail Yusuf Khan’s sarangi. But Royal’s monotonous singing does little to help the track.

Although Phillauri is Sachdev’s show through and through, hopefully Royal won’t fizzle out after the promising start she had.

Top Recos:Sahiba’, ‘Naughty Billo’, ‘Dum Dum’ (Reprise)

Composers: Shashwat Sachdev, Jasleen Royal

Lyricists: Anvita Dutt, Aditya Sharma, Neeraj Rajawat

Poorna

Salim-Sulaiman’s soundtrack for Poorna begins with the musical duo’s adaptation of their Coke Studio @ MTV Season 3 song ‘Chheene Re Mora’. The song is renamed as ‘Poori Qaaynaat’ for the film, with Amitabh Bhattacharya providing modified lyrics. The song perfectly conveys an inspirational message despite being shorter than the original with a watered-down arrangement. Still, the music is effective, and the composers make a delightful new addition in the form of the sitar. While Rashid Khan would have been apt for the song, Raj Pandit is an able replacement. Vishal Dadlani on support vocals is a smart move as Salim was the weak link in the original.

Except for a short reference to Wajid Ali Shah, who composed the bhairavi thumri, in the opening line in ‘Baabul Mora’, the song is a Salim Sulaiman-Amitabh Bhattacharya product. Arijit Singh does a fine job in conveying melancholy through the lyrics of the track. Add to the mix, a minimal atmospheric backdrop that accentuates the song’s haunting quality. Singh’s second track, ‘Kuch Parbat Hilaayein’, seems similar to other inspirational tunes by the composer duo. In the song’s unplugged variant, that is, the intimate version Salim steps behind the mic and only enhances the familiarity of the tune.

After Jai Gangaajal last year, Salim-Sulaiman deliver another quality soundtrack for Poorna. Hopefully this one receives a wider audience than the former.

Top Recos:Poori Qaaynaat’, ‘Baabul Mora’, ‘Kuchh Parbat Hilaayein

Composers: Salim Sulaiman

Lyricist: Amitabh Bhattacharya

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