Karwaan (Music review), Hindi – Anurag Saikia, Prateek Kuhad, Imaad Shah, SlowCheeta & Shwetang Shankar

Of the two songs by Anurag Saikia, Chota Sa Fasana is an easy winner. Written by the film’s director Akarsh Khurana, it plays beautifully on the ‘safar’ theme of the film, and mellow tune is right up Arijit Singh’s alley. Anurag’s other song, Heartquake, is interesting for two reasons: one, the 2 variants he presents are completely different. The first is a breezy melody, while the second is a faux-qawali of sorts that’s foot-tapping. The second reason is that when Papon sings “Main aashiq hun koi creep nahi”, it just sounds incredibly awkward given recent news surrounding him. The two songs by Prateek Kuhad belong perfectly to the Prateek Kuhad-style of music – intimate, introspective and very personal. Saansein, with its expansive sound scores over the guitar’y Kadam. Dhaai Kilo Bakwaas, composed by SlowCheeta and Shwetang Shankar, is a zany—and catchy—mix that adds a bit of Malayalam extra corniness. The soundtrack’s best is by Imaad Shah, who produces a kickass Mikey McCleary Bartender-style Bhar De Hamaara Glass, reminiscent of Dr.Hook’s When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman, sung superbly by Saba Azad. Despite 5 composers, director Akarsh Khurana confidently pulls all of them together and produces an enjoyable soundtrack.

Keywords: Anurag Saikia, Prateek Kuhad, Imaad Shah, SlowCheeta, Shwetang Shankar, Karwaan, Kaarwaan, 200, #200

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