Friday April 20, 2018

Raazi (Music review), Hindi – Shankar Ehsaan Loy

Posted by Karthik

Ae watan works perfectly as a fervent prayer as much as it does as a patriotic song! The trio’s music, with beautifully layered chorus (Mani Mahadevan, Ravi Mishra, Binaya Mohanty, Arun Kamath and Arshad Mohammed), Gulzar’s verse, and a rousing sound, keeps the emotional quotient of the song on a constant high. The song’s second version, featuring Sunidhi Chauhan, and The Shankar Mahadevan Academy Children’s Chorus, has the innate charm and innocence when children enter the mix, while also enhancing the melody’s raag Kedar-like flavor. Dilbaro is an absolute beauty! Harshdeep Kaur relishes singing Gulzar’s lines that bring out the beauty and brittleness—within the Indian context of bidaai—of the father-daughter relationship. Shankar Mahadevan’s entry in the antara is goosebumps-inducing given the way he adds a heartrending edge in his pronunciation. The title song is magnificent, thanks to Arijit’s deeply involving vocals, Tapas Roy’s Bouzouki/Mandolin strings and Arshad Khan’s Esraj that constantly underline the resolve needed to do the impossible for the country, penned beautifully by Gulzar. The chorus, featuring Mani Mahadevan, Ravi Mishra and Arshad Mohammed, and the thrumming rhythm are highly effective. For their total absence in 2017, Shankar Ehsaan Loy deliver a rich, thematic soundtrack to open 2018!

Keywords: Raazi, Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, Loy Mendonsa, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, #200

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