Noor Music Review: Swift And Pleasant
When a soundtrack has the name Amaal Mallik attached to it, you do expect certain class in the proceedings. His songs in Badrinath Ki Dulhania are already doing well and now that he is responsible for all four songs in Noor (with Manoj Muntashir and Kumaar chipping in as the lyricists), you expect the composer to keep Noor on a high as well.
This is what truly happens right at the beginning of the soundtrack, what with brother Armaan Malik bringing all the youth in motion for Uff Yeh Noor. A song that could well have got you into the mood of some rock-n-roll had it been picturised on a leading man, this one has actually put together for a montage sequence featuring Sonakshi Sinha. A feel good breezy number with some good lyrics by Manoj Muntashir that narrate a day in life of the central protagonist, Uff Yehh Noor hits the right notes.
However, as is the trend, soon enough arrives a recreated version of Gulabi Aankhen Jo Teri Dekhi from R.D. Burman and Anand Bakshi's The Train. Thankfully though, this one isn't one of those lazy redone versions that rely entirely on a yesteryear song that has been popular for decades. Instead, it just picks the hook-line of Gulabi Aankhen and indeed lives up to its title of Gulabi 2.0 as it is taken to the next level by Kumaar, what with a cool club sound that is given complete support by Amaal Mallik, Tulsi Kumar & Yash Narvekar (who later also earns a version of his own in Gulabi Redux). Yes, this one works indeed!
Sukriti Kakar, who had gone all forceful and passionate with the title track Rustom Vahi [Rustom], gets into the lovey-dovey zone for Jise Kehte Pyaar Hai. A romantic song written by Kumaar that could well be the call of first love, this one has a smooth flow to it and stays harmless right through its duration. Though one doesn't expect this one to have a shelf life much beyond the stay of the film, in the context of Noor where it is supposed to lend a happy surrounding to the central protagonist, it does well.
Prakriti Kakar, who has been around for a while and sung a few songs in the past, gets her big break with Hai Zaroori. She goes solo for this pathos-filled song that is written well by Manoj Muntashir. A song which narrates the tale of a broken heart, this one maintains a decent pace right through its proceeding without turning into a sob fest. This is what prevents it from not straying into the 'bore zone' and instead you do listen to what Prakriti has to say through her sweet vocals.
The music of Noor is pretty quick-fire as it has just four songs with one (Gulabi 2.0) finding a repeat version. It is quite swift that works in its favor. Moreover, an overall pleasant nature of the soundtrack ensures that in the film too, the songs are expected to integrate well.
Our picks: Uff Yeh Noor, Gulabi 2.0
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