Bobby Jasoos Music Review: Quality Wins Over Quantity
Vidya Balan continues with her trend of doing women oriented films with her latest venture Bobby Jasoos which sees her playing the role of a lady detective opposite Ali Fazal in this Dia Mirza-Sahil Sangha production. Directed by Samar Shaikh, this detective film has music composed by Shantanu Moitra with the lyrics being penned by Swanand Kirkire. Detective films as a genre is very rare in Hindi films and especially a film based on a lady detective is literally never heard of in Bollywood. Therefore, it will be quite interesting to see what the music composer has to offer for a film whose genre does not exactly fall under the parameters of popular music vis-à-vis Hindi films.
The soundtrack starts with the festive track, Jashn which has some quirky sounds including a flavor of South Indian music. Sung feistily by Shreya Ghoshal who is ably supported by Bonnie Chakraborty, Jashn grows on you after a few listens. More than the composition itself, it is the celebratory mood which captivates your attention plus the inspired use of the South Indian sounds is quite impressive.
Tu is one of the most beautiful songs to have come out in recent times and it is only fair that it has a reprise version. Both Papon and Shreya Ghoshal make the song their own and give their heart and soul to it. Whereas Shreya gets to sing the melodic bit with Papon rendering the semi-classical part in the original version, the composer ingeniously swaps their voices in the Reprise version scoring a double whammy no less! Moitra also gets his instruments right with both western and Carnatic instruments co-existing harmoniously and the exquisite Veena getting the pride of place in the interludes. Kudos to Moitra for having delivered a truly stunning number which is sure to be relished by one and all.
Shifting genres from the melodic Tu, the title song B.O.B.B is again quite whacky. Mixing up various genres, Moitra comes up with this whodunit track which sees Neeraj Sridhar having a whale of a time behind the mike along with a motley girl gang of chorus singers. The composition though sounds quite templatized and ordinary and should serve more as a background number fitting in better with the screenplay rather than as a standalone track.
The last track of this soundtrack Sweety sung by Aishwarya Nigam and Monali Thakur is quite rhythmic but the tune is quite run-of-the-mill for it to sustain the listener’s interest. The singers though have done a fabulous job as usual and it is their infectious enthusiasm that manages to be the saving grace of this yet again templatized track.
Overall, the soundtrack of Bobby Jasoos is quite decent for a whodunit genre and even though there are just five songs in this soundtrack, Shantanu Moitra proves that quality indeed wins over quantity. And also wins special brownie points just for Tu which is enough to give this album an above average rating.
Our Picks: Tu, Jashn
Release Date : 04 July 2014
Director : Samar Shaikh
Genre : Action , Drama , Thriller
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