The first thing that surprises you about the music of Partition: 1947
is the fact that there are just three songs in there. Secondly, A. R. Rahman
composes just one of these tracks whereas Hans Raj Hans
picks up the mantle for singing the remaining two, both of which are traditional outings. Thirdly, in a film like this, one would have expected the background score to be promoted before the release. However that is not the case either for this Gurinder Chadha
A. R. Rahman brings on Do Dilon Ke
as the opening track of Partition: 194
7 and one can sense experience right at the start, what with Shreya Ghoshal
getting her sweet vocals into play. This one is a fusion track with A. R. Rahman bringing his Western styling into play even as the core tune stays on to be Indian. Navneet Virk
's lyrics set the base for the tragedy of partition and one wonders whether this would play during the penultimate moments of the film. Also, Hariharan
joins Shreya behind the mike soon enough and only ends up making this a further sad outing. All in all, not the kind of song that you would like to revisit.
Traditional track Duma Dum Mast Kalander
has been heard for decades now and in the recent past quite a few Bollywood films have featured it as well. Now that happens in Indo-British collaboration Partition: 1947
which has Hans Raj Hans doing the honors and ensuring that the charm of the original is retained. A good track that should keep the narrative of the film engaging and fast paced.
The concluding song Jindwa
is a traditional piece too and this one is a happy outing with Hans Raj Hans getting the fun element rolling. The song does step back into the 40s era by means of the core rhythm and melody, something that was recently evidenced in the soundtrack of Phillauri
as well. The good part is that while the tune is vintage, the sound has a today's feel to it which makes it an entertaining outing by Hans Raj Hans.
The music of Partition: 1947
is barely passable and surprisingly A. R. Rahman doesn't make much of an impression with his only song in the album. However, it is the traditional tracks by Hans Raj Hans that save the day.
Our picks: Jindwa