Image Source: Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
Vishal Bhardwaj’s Rangoon is releasing on 24th February. Starring Shahid Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut and Saif Ali Khan, Rangoon is a love triangle in the times of war. This is the 3rd time Shahid is working in Bhardwaj’s film.
Rangoon’s music is composed by Bhardwaj which he often does. The lyrics of the songs are written by the genius Gulzar.
Here is our Music Review of Rangoon:
There is a reason why Sunidhi Chauhan is rated so highly in the industry. Her understanding of the song premise and the manner in which she improvizes with words are wonderful. Her crooning of Bloody Hell is a storyteller and narration in itself. She sings delicately as well strongly as the track demands. Vishal Bhardwaj has composed it in an enticing way. The lyrics of Gulzar are brilliant. The music smoothly flows with the words, making it an instant hit.
Ye Ishq Hai is a dark flame of melody that is woven thoughtfully by Bhardwaj. ‘Sufi ke sulfe ki lau uthke kehti hai – these wordings are rich in depth. The song grows in potential with each beat and lyrics with the underlying pain of romance maintaining its ingenuity. Arijit Singh is a passionate singer and Bhardwaj knows how to amplify his passion. His high pitched singing is a delight to hear. Don’t miss this one.
How can you not have a charm of Rekha Bhardwaj’s voice when it’s Vishal Bhardwaj’s music? This is a fun as well as smartly written song. Lyrics like “Ke Hitler chauke na’ and ‘Aasman mein chaand pakad ke’ are so amazing to listen. It’s a treat to have a composer like Vishal Bhardwaj who is giving us such masterful songs while our industry is dominated by the music which are only intended to entertain and remixes of old songs. Rekha has that peculiar tone in her singing which gives a comfort to ears. The background music is playful and keeps changing its tempo with the narrative of the track.
Gulzar’s lyrics, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh, Rekha’s singing and Bhardwaj’s music – what more do you want? Tippa is an exhilarating track which takes you to a magical journey. The combination of these three singers is potent and music of Vishal ensures he gives the beats a matured flavor to justify the power of Gulzar’s words.
Ek Dooni Do
Amidst all these remarkable songs, Ek Dooni Do feels like an odd one. It’s a pretty ordinary track. The music is not interesting and even with different beats taking charge, the song doesn’t hit the chord with the heart.
Alvida is painful, dark and phenomenal song. Vishal surely knows how to craft a song which describes every shade of love : its beauty, pain and risks. Arijit shows his versatility and depth in crooning with changing the tone with each mood of the track. Gulzar instills classic words which give the song a tragic theme.
Julia is a decent song. It starts off serious and then becomes playful. This is not a typical song for Sukhwinder Singh who is known for his high toned amazing voice but here, he mostly keeps it linear. The music could have been better. There comes a point where you really feel the song should have reached a higher ground but it simply doesn’t.
This is a nice light-hearted song that actually adds a sweetness to this cleverly thought dark music album. Again, Gulzar gives fair lyrics from his pocket. Rekha Bhardwaj sings it with softness and willful comfort. Lovely beats make it a good listen.
Ye Ishq Hai (Female)
This is a classic one from Rekha and she proves her singing knack which creates a mesmerizing energy. The beats are effectively traditional with the Tabla and other instruments and makes it a strong track for its variety. It is as wonderful as the male version.
Violin always makes the music spiritual and touches the heart and emotions. Rangoon theme is special and painfully romantic that makes destruction look beautiful.
‘Be Still’ s very low in beats and Dominique Cerejo fails to create a soulful environment with her voice. This is an avoidable track from the album. The song might have good hold in the film.
Another weak track with clearly much weight in the movie. Vivienne Pocha gives a good presentation with her singing but it is not entirely impressive.
Rangoon is incredibly brilliant music album which is matured, thoughtful and passionate. Vishal Bhardwaj has given us a musical essence which is lacking nowadays in Bollywood. The songs are soul touching, dark, painful as well as captivating. Gulzar has once again imparted us gold with his lyrics. If you are a genuine fan of music, Rangoon’s album is highly recommended.