Music Review: Lootera
Just when you think he couldn’t get any better, Amit Trivedi delivers yet another blockbuster. It’s one of the best sounding albums of the year. Comprising six songs, the album leaves you spellbound. Lootera happens to be a period film and the music fits it to the T.
Trivedi has the confidence to start the album with Sawaar Loon sung by relatively new (not as known as other singers to be precise) singer Monali Thakur. The folksy and peppy start has been maintained through the album and Monali has maintained the tempo with her soft singing. With the use of flute, a hint of violin and dholak, Trivedi gives the song a feel that you grow 16 and start hop-skipping in the lush fields. By the time you get out of the happy mode, lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya tells a soothing story with Ankhahee. With faint drums in the background, the song carries the film’s tale with it.
We would prefer calling the next song Shikayateen sung by Mohan Kannan and Bhattacharya a ballad. Stuck with drums and violin interlude, you feel Kannan has given his best but it is so wonderfully underplayed that you get the lyrics, music and its emotions well.
The masterpiece, though, is Swanand Kirkire’s song Monta Re. Ably supported by Bhattacharya, the credit of giving flavour to this Bengali folk based song goes to Kirkire. It transports you to the Bengal countryside where a Baul with his iktara is doling out human philosophy through his or her music. The lyrics describes the title.
Mujhe Chod Do Mere Haal Pe… Zinda Hoon Yaar Kaafi Hai – a simple start to yet another philosophical song which wants to feel the protagonist’s angst. Throughout the song, you get the feeling that you are travelling with the protagonist… stopping for a while, understanding his pain and then go on a run again. This love rock ballad touches you in simple music and lyrics.
At the end, Trivedi’s favourite (rightfully) singer Shilpa Rao joins him and Bhattacharya to sing Manmarziyaan. Unfortunately, the song, though decent, is not as touching as the others. One appreciates the santoor and guitar play, violin tempo in between and the singers’ efforts to push the envelope to the finishing line…. but nah.
Overall, Amit Trivedi has lived up to his reputation and like his previous outing with director Motwane (Udaan), he has captured the spirit of what the film’s story appears to us. You do get transported to the ’50s in your shorts and tank tops! Bhattacharya, we feels, saves the best for Trivedi who does justice to it.
It is a 4 out of 5 to the album – the 5th star comes only when the film gets released and you figured if the music matches the story and its pace.