From Dhadak To Lakshmi – A Weekly Roundup Of Film Music, Film Companion

Soorma Anthem from Soorma (Hindi)

Considering Shankar Ehsaan Loy produced a cracker of a soundtrack for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, it seems perfectly reasonable to expect another ‘Zinda’ style number in Soorma too. And the trio does not disappoint at all; in fact, they up the ante! Soorma‘s title song is goosebumps-inducing material! The way they build the tempo, adding the guitar layer with the lines, ‘Zara nazar utha ke’, the ‘Soorma’ hook, the chorus that follows it… everything just adds up so well!

Zingaat from Dhadak (Hindi)

The 2nd single from Dhadak, the Hindi remake of Sairat, is out too. This time, Ajay-Atul reuse their cracker of a song, ‘Zingaat’, in Hindi. The original’s manic rhythm made for a compelling, highly infectious dance song, and the Hindi song reaches that high to a large extent too… if you haven’t heard the original Marathi song.

Saye from Youngraad (Marathi)

Hriday Gattani’s debut as a film composer is turning out to be very promising. After last week’s release (the title song), the second song from the Marathi film Youngraad sounds even better! ‘Saye’, sung by Shashaa Tirupati and Hriday himself, is a lovely tune that intersperses a gorgeous chorus to the main melody. The effect is fantastic!

Morrakka from Lakshmi (Tamil)

Moving down South, we have the first single from the Tamil dance musical, Lakshmi. The oddly titled song, ‘Morrakka’, is as usual, lyricist Madhan Karky’s clever word-play. Sam C.S’s music is a classy, rhythmic dance mix to let the lead star, Ditya Bhande, the 2016 winner of Sony Television’s reality show Super Dancer, showcase some incredible moves. Where Sam scores is towards the end of the song where he amps up the rhythm and pace, and pivots to a Madras Kuthu mode. The result is eclectic fun!

Ee Nagaraniki Emaindi full soundtrack (Telugu)

The full soundtrack of Vivek Sagar’s Ee Nagaraniki Emaindi released last week, and like his other recent soundtrack, Sammohanam, the young composer hits it out of the park yet again! Besides ‘Aagi Aagi’ and ‘Collegee Agelona’ that I have covered in the last two weeks, the 2 rock-laden songs, ‘Parada Jarupukoni’ and ‘Maarey Kalale’, make for excellent listen, given the former’s funky outlook and Hemachandra’s superb vocals and Arshad Ali’s flamboyant sax, and the latter’s anthemic sound. ‘Swagatham Suswagatham’ is quite unusual, with Cisco Chi sounding like Apache Indian 2.0, while ‘Veediponidhi Okateley’ is the soundtrack’s lone song with a softer tone, a Simon & Garfunkel-ish melody that Vivek composes, sings and guitars his way into too, in style. Vivek is turning out to be an extremely promising composer in Telugu!

Lover full soundtrack (Telugu)

The soundtrack of the Telugu film Lover released last week too. What’s interesting about it is the fact that it uses the Bollywood-ish approach of multiple composers (a rarity in Telugu film industry). Not only that, it also has only one Telugu composer in that multi-composer mix – Sai Kartheek! The other composers are Arko, Rishi Rich, Ankit Tiwari and Tanishk Bagchi! Incidentally, the songs by Ankit and Tanishk are the soundtrack’s best. Tanishk’s ‘Adbhutam’, featuring Jubin Nautiyal and Ranjini Jose has a lovely semi-classical fusion base featuring guitar/mandolin and nadaswaram. The melody is absolutely gorgeous. Of the 2 songs by Ankit, ‘Anthe Kada Mari’ is an easy winner, with its pleasant lilt evoking memories of 80s Hindi film music.



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