Music Review

Music Review: Satyagraha

The music of Satyagraha grows on you, but not totally. We tell you if it is a pleasure for the ears or more like the sound of a wailing crow..

Director: Prakash Jha
Actors: Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Manoj Bajpai, Amrita Rao
Music Director: Salim-Suleiman, Aadesh Srivastava, Meet Bros Anjan and Indian Ocean
Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi
These days, Prakash Jha’s movies are not just about the story or the star cast, but also about the music.  But while Rajaneeti had some fantastic music by an eclectic gang of music directors, the same cannot be said about his upcoming film Satyagraha. Somewhere, the songs give you a feel being enjoyable but that’s falter by the end. It all comes down to whether it appeals to your personal tastes.
You start with the title track which intrigues you with an unusual instrumentation. Composed by Salim Suleiman, it is sung well by Rajiv Sundaresan, Shivam Pathak and Shweta Pandit. The song tries to make a statement but stops short of making a mark. Unlike ‘Sadda Haq’ from Rockstar which became an anthem for the youth, this one falls short of replicating that success. The chorus is well used though. The lead singers come out more effective due to their subdued singing rather than screeching which is a norm in many such anthem songs. We call it an interesting fusion of a known song Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram with some interesting lyrics by Prasoon Joshi.
The duo return with an eclectic and interesting Indo-western fusion, Aiyo Ji. The number will be a talking point but only after it registers into your mind a few hearings. Shraddha Pandit gets the song’s mood and emotions right and has excellent support from Salim Merchant. One might find the slight nasal twang heard throughout the song to be amusingly nice. One can recommend this song to be heard on the loop. By the way, there is a remix version of this song which is worth a listen especially while driving.
We give a pat on the back to Aadesh Srivastava for creating a beautiful number, Raske Bhare Tore Naina. Though he has composed similar tracks before, you might appreciate the classical twist to the song. You hear a neat mix of piano, guitar, drums, tabla and sarangi. Shafqat Amanat Ali is the guy to bank on for such tracks and he does not disappoint you. His voice brings the very peace needed for the song. We also hear a good back-up voice provided by Arpita. Thanks to this duo, the song goes from okie-dokie to sublime. The song also has a House Mix, an excellent piece except Arpita’s sexy seductive back-up take away the fun in the song. This time, Aadesh takes the mike to croon a hummable number.
You heard Satyagraha. Now jump to a song which kind of makes me use the word – conundrum – without caring if you know what it means. Sung with enthusiasm by a mix of singers, Junta Rocks created by Meet Bros Anjan is the rock anthem of the film. But the song’s purpose will be achieved only when you see the film. Otherwise, it is just another song. Again, the lyrics are the winner here.
Indian Ocean comes up with a one of their better songs if not the best called Hum Bhole The. Here you find instruments over-powering the singing, in a good way that is. Rahul Ram’s voice was what the song asked for and it gets a new meaning thanks to him.
The whole album of Satyagraha has to be seen than just heard. Unlike many other films, the songs might work to take the story forward. By itself, the songs are good but nothing more than that. Take a chance with this album only after you hear the songs on loop on some website or any other route.