Tuesday August 21, 2012

Barfi (Music review), Hindi – Pritam

Posted by Karthik

The title song, with its catchy stage musical-like sound works instantly. Mohit Chauhan is in his elements, given the lovely tune, but it is Swanand Kirkire who surprises not only with his own version, but also in the absolutely delightful lyrics, invoking Murphy Radio and Radio Ceylon! With its backgrounds sounding almost like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’s Khwabon ke parindey, Nikhil Paul George’s Main kya karoon is still immensely endearing since Pritam goes the whole hog in adding so many layers on his own. Kyon uses the musical-style sound to wonderful results and in Papon and Sunidhi’s dependable vocals, it sounds even better. Aashiyan is gorgeous – Shreya and Nikhil’s vocals are superb, almost predictably, but the way Pritam goes about arranging his whimsical sound makes the song magical! Arijit sounds almost nasal in Saawali si raat, but the dreamy, dulcet tune makes everything work! Pritam closes the soundtrack with Phir le aya dil, the odd one out, sound-wise; Rekha Bhardwaj is in her usual, brilliant self in the original version, while Arijit’s ghazal-like reprise is the one that takes the cake! Much like his earlier combo with Anurag Basu in Life in a Metro, Pritam delivers a whopper, again!

Keywords: Barfi, Pritam Charaborty, Ranbir Kapoor, Anurag Basu, #200

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