Tamasha (Music review), Hindi – A R Rahman

Matargashti is free-spirited and whimsical. It starts sounding European, but eventually enters a retro Hindi sound, forcing one to smile and throw hands up in the air. The instrumental, Parade De La Bastille is, however, true-blue European, with a lively sound. Irshad Kamil’s word-play lifts the Mika-sung Heer toh, a gorgeous qawali’sh tune that ends on a frenzied Punjabi high. Alka Yagnik’s voice seems to have gathered a Lata Mangeshkar’ish gravitas in Tum saath ho, with a beautiful tune stuck with a throwaway rhythm. Chali kahani is theater’ish and jumps genres and sounds rapidly to signify the action on screen, while even in Safarnama, there’s a bit of pitch and tune switch, but Lucky Ali’s voice ties it all together. Rahman leads Tu koi aur hai, a hypnotic piece that plays with Western classical choral sounds and neatly segues into Safarnama. The soundtrack’s best is Wat wat wat, where Arijit gets to do something completely fresh, with Rahman coating the Punjabi sound with a heavy fusion rhythm that adds to the fun. It’s Vengeance Mix, featuring Sashwat Singh, is a pleasant dubstep surprise from Rahman! Tamasha’s music is as thrilling and exciting as catching a flight without knowing the destination!

Keywords: Tamasha, A R Rahman, A.R.Rahman, Irshad Kamil, Imtiaz Ali, 200, #200

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