Fox Star Studious and Phantom Films’ BOMBAY VELVET brings back the super hit team of Anurag Kashyap, Amit Trivedi and Amitabh Bhattacharya, and they have a great track record, their most prominent work being DEV D. Music promises to be very exciting as it’s a period film.
The 1960’s jazz era of Bollywood is brought back to life with ‘Mohabbat Buri Bimari‘ which appears in three versions with a remix by Mikey Mc Cleary. Rendered by three different but very accomplished and talented female vocalists, Neeti Mohan, Shefali Alavares and Shalmali Kholgade. it’s a class effort and they all lend their own nuances and finesse to the song. Amitabh’s lyrics are simply class apart as he akins love to a bad disease.
‘Aam Hindustani‘ starts of as a superb instrumental that albeit starts on slow harmonic note but picks up a hectic pace with brass band and saxophone and trumpets thrown in. Shefali Alvares sketches the bad luck of the common Indian ‘junta’ through high pitched singing. Amitabh’s lyrics are full of dark humour.
Jazz galores yet agin in ‘Ka Kha Ga‘, a song that highlights what happens after a person falls in love. Neeti Mohan appears to be the new age Geeta Dutt, she is simply fantastic. Once again Amitabh’s lyrics take center stage.
The slow and sad semi-philosophical number, ‘Dhadaam Dhadaam‘, showcases Neeti’s vocals prowess with some ‘zabardast‘ high pitched emotional rendition.
The roothna manana number, ‘Naak Pe Gussa‘, is an interesting song that is once again is jazz style since the main female lead is a leading jazz vocalist. Neeti excels and so do the lyrics.
‘Sylvia‘ brings forth the futility of falling in love with a philanderer, as the protagonist lambasts with ‘Ye kya kiya, Sylvia‘.
Papon’s rich creamy vocals are a savouring delight in the situational
‘Darbaan‘ (guard) which is like a narrative to the drama/ script and highlights the hopeless situational faced by the struggling protagonist.
Jazz and rock n roll arrangements and lovely rhythm, combined with some absolutely rocking lyrics and Shefali’s strong vocals, throw up the delightful ‘Shut Up‘, which too is situational and highlights the character of the protagonist who will go to any extent for fame and money.
‘Behroopia‘ (masquerader) a soft, serene love ballad sung superbly by Mohit Chauhan and Neeti who pitches in well. The love song will add to Ranbir Kapoor’s long playlist of hits.
Scintillating arrangements with grand philharmonic orchestra and lovely suspense rhythm (reminding in parts of DON) are the highlights of the The Bombay Velvet Theme.
‘Conspiracy‘ another theme based instrumental that once again is tense, suspenseful and dramatic, slow in parts and racy in others, conveying a feeling of movement. Philharmonic Orchestra like arrangement is mind-blowing.
Tommy Gun is another instrumental that is pure unadulterated jazz at its best.
The audio of BOMBAY VELVET is another class offering from Amit-Amitabh team for Anurag, just like their previous ventures. What is good is that it does not get too classy or vague, and some of the tracks will definitely appeal to most section(s) of the audience. Our picks, ‘Mohabbat Buri Bimari‘, ‘Darbaan‘ and ‘Behroopia‘. If you are a jazz and blues fan, don’t miss it for your life! The classy soundtrack should ensure a good initial, when the film releases all over on 15th May.
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