A Classical Music Lover's Delight
By Nishevitha Vijayanand, MovieTalkies.com, 15 October 2014
Ketan Mehta directed Rang Rasiya narrates the story of the 19th century painter Raja Ravi Varma and his muse Sugandha and stars Randeep Hooda and Nandana Sen in the lead. The film whose release has been delayed due to objections from the Censor Board is scheduled to finally arrive in theatres this November. Music for this film has been composed by Sandesh Shandilya and the lyrics have been written by Manoj Muntashir. With the film set in the 19th century, it is obvious that there will be a lot of classical influence in the soundtrack. But on the other hand the film has been languishing in the cans for quite some time and therefore there is also the risk of the songs sounding dated. Therefore it is with some trepidation that one begins to listen to this album.
The title song Rang Rasiya opens the soundtrack and is a delight. Sunidhi Chauhan keeps repeating the term Rang Rasiya in a loop for almost two straight minutes (No Kidding!) in a variety of inflections although credit should be given to the composer for playing with these two words and coming up with a tune around them and still make it likeable. Sunidhi is joined by Keerthi Sagathia who also shows his range in the high notes but he mostly serves as a support to the versatile lady who gets a chance to showcase her vocal prowess in the Classical genre and does so with perfection! Manoj Muntashir’s lyrics are a sheer delight and go well with the composition. A Remix version of the title track is also available in the album and that in itself is quite intriguing since one does not normally come across remixes of Classical music based tracks. But the composer springs a surprise by coming up with a wonderful remix which apart from having some electronic sounds (which is the need of any remix) also have some Indian sounds like Sarangi interspersed in it making the overall listening experience totally enjoyable, a rarity indeed for a Remix!
Kahe Sataaye is an intense and passionate song which is sure to leave a mark on one and all. The composition is rich in grandeur and powerful while Muntashir’s lyrics successfully manages to bring the powerful emotions of the protagonists to the fore. Sunidhi Chauhan gets yet another chance to display her proficiency in handling even the intricately layered classical notes and reiterating the fact that her talent is underutilized when it comes to the Indian Classical genre. Roop Kumar Rathod joins Sunidhi behind the mike and delivers as always but it is the Composer and the lyricist who turn out to be the real heroes with their notes and words leaving an indelible impression on the listener.