Monday March 7, 2016

Jai Gangaajal (Music review), Hindi – Salim-Sulaiman

Posted by Karthik

Maya thagni mixes pulsating world music’ish sounds for a largely folk tune, before going completely folk and then getting back again. Tetua, Ghanghor and Binu baadar too get their mix brilliantly right – very earthy folk tunes, and folk lyrics, set amidst rousing electronic sounds, with Sukhwinder, Keerthi Sagathia and Divya Kumar doing stellar jobs singing them. Bappi Lahiri’s Sanke san san uses bubblegum pop instead, on folk lyrics, to pretty impressive effect! Udit Narayan gets an unusual mix in Joganiya – folk tune with a lovely smattering of horns! Dheere dheere is the soundtrack’s most imaginative, with an addictive OP Nayyar’ish tune and superb orchestration including violins, accordion and sax that sync up so well with Pravesh Mallick’s fantastic vocals! Najar tori is mighty conventional mujra material. Sugandha Date’s Maai is ethereal Charukesi, handled with absolute grace. Sab dhan maati too is enchanting, with a pensive, semi-classical melody and ambient settings, sung really well by Arijit Singh and Amruta Fadnavis in 2 versions. Composing duo Salim and Sulaiman seem to have gone way beyond Prakash Jha’s brief and added their own unique signature to almost every song. As a result, Jai Gangaajal is a highly inventive and interesting soundtrack.

Keywords: Jai Gangaajal, Jai Gangajal, Salim Merchant, Sulaiman Merchant, Salim-Sulaiman, 200, #200

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  • Janasheen

    Sab Dhan Maati is Raag Bhairavi or near about I guess. Sounded like that. Maybe someone can confirm.

  • Sathyajit Krishnan

    Dheere Dheere just blew my mind off!! Eclectic stuff!

  • Lone Reviewer

    Agree. This soundtrack is surprising.
    Amruta Fadnavis’s voice is really great.

  • rnjbond

    This is a soundtrack I never gave a true chance to until recently and it’s really fantastic!

    • milliblog

      One of the most underrated and ignored soundtracks of 2016, sadly. It comes with a baggage of being a Prakash Jha film which bring vastly different expectations that do not necessarily involve music… and boy, did Salim Sulaiman surprise here!

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