In the current times, it is quite rare to find a soundtrack which has a single composer and lyricist been entrusted with the responsibility of putting together all the songs. In that aspect, Begum Jaan
is special since it has composer Anu Malik
and lyricist Kausar Munir
doing the honors. Since one expects something classy from this combination, there is good curiosity to check out what they have to offer with the Vidya Balan
starrer. What is sure though that one can't expect conventional Bollywood album from a film that belongs to the time of partition.
It is a quick boundary that Anu Malik and Kausar Munir hit with the opening number of the album, Prem Mein Tohre
. A beautiful number that makes you fall for it in the first listening itself, this semi-classical track has Asha Bhosle
giving a wonderful account of her all over again. The 83 year old singer still has it in her to come up with such fantastic rendition that has great 'thehrav' to it and it is remarkable how the entire musical team has made sure that the song turns out to be just the kind that gives the veteran a platform to excel. No wonder, after listening to her version, the one by Kavita Seth
simply pales in comparison.
A song which is set around the time of partition where the entire household of 'Begum Jaan
' is figuring out the way ahead, Aazaadiyan
has Sonu Nigam
and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
coming together. Both the singers are known for their soft-n-subtle rendition and this is what turns out to be the central element of 'Aazaadiyan' as well. A situational number with a hint of sadness to it, this one should go well with the narrative of the film.
Post this comes a much happier outing Holi Khelein
which has Shreya Ghoshal
pair up with Anu Malik's daughter Anmol Malik
. This one too is a situational outing and somehow one doesn't quite end up remembering the tune even after listening to it a few times. One would have expected a 'Holi' outing to be much catchier and though it does sound well while it is on, one soon forgets about it in quick time.
The album concludes with Kalpana Patowary
rendered O Re Kaharo
, which is a painful account of a 'doli' in progress. By the look of things, this one is an out and out sad outing with the characters on screen drowsed in sadness. This is something that is reflected in tune, lyrics as well as rendition and though Altamash Faridi
has a smaller part to play behind the mike, he compliments the stage and setting as well.
What works though about the soundtrack of Begum Jaan
is the fact that Anu Malik and Kausar Munir get it right when it comes to setting the mood of the album. There is an inherent semi-classical flavor around the entire setting and though that isn't the kind which would set the 'ring tones' market ablaze, from the spirit of the film perspective it works.
Our picks: Prem Mein Tohre