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Review: Revolver Rani's music will grow on you

By Joginder Tuteja
April 12, 2014 16:03 IST
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Kangna Ranaut in Revolver RaniThe soundtrack of Revolver Rani is unconventional and experimental, and grows on you, writes Joginder Tuteja.

One doesn't expect too much from the music of a film with a title like Revolver Rani.

Moreover, the musical team -- composer Sanjeev Srivastava and lyricist Puneet Sharma are new.

But after listening to the soundtrack five or six times, you may start liking it.

The album starts with a voiceover imitating Pran from the 1970s movies. Even as the call of 'Alka, police ne tumhe chaaron aur se gher liya hai' (Alka is Kangna Ranaut's screen name in the film), rings out, it is the retro 1970s sound that attracts your attention right away.

The orchestra is very well put together and the moment Usha Uthup appears, one is assured of a great five minutes of listening.

Actor Piyush Mishra sings Thaayein Kare Katta, which introduces the character of Revolver Rani again, establishing her fiery character.

The song has an earthy feel. It will not be remembered after the film is out of the theatres; it is just okay.

What really impresses is Kaafi Nahi Chaand. It’s a romantic song about longing for togetherness with one's lover, sung by Asha Bhosle.

The stage and setting reminds one of the melodious songs that the veteran singer rendered for R D Burman.

Sanjeev Srivastava and guest lyricist Shaheen Iqbal get a pat on the back for invoking this nostalgia.

It is back to the heartland of India with Chal Lade Re Bhaiya. The song reminds one of the kind of beats put together for the remix version of Thoda Resham Lagta Hai.

The song is foot-tapping, with Piyush Mishra doing well as the singer.

This one is a situational song about fighting for one's rights and survival. Abhishek Mukherjee and Mayur Vyas provide additional vocals. It would be engaging to watch this song enacted on the screen.

There is a complete shift to a soft rock number in Sulgi Hui Hai Raakh. The man behind the mike is composer Sanjeev Srivastava himself. His voice has a good range with contrasts in tone.

This is the kind of song one expects to hear in the latter part of the film when the protagonist is going through mental and emotional turmoil before arriving at a final decision.

Gorisa is heard in the backup vocals.

When you have lyrics that go Banna Banni, you expect a routine shaadi-byaah outing.

Sanjeev does well to change this, adding some good beats that take one back to the kind of mood that was created in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Rekha Bhardwaj is the singer, introducing the situation where a groom is expected to sweep Alka off her feet!

Sanjeev continues to showcase his versatility with the rock song I Am Brutal, a spoof with the male protagonist (Vir Das) trying a little too hard to impress his girl.

Since Vir is shown as a toy-boy in the film, Sanjeev sings in a husky voice, keeping up the cry of I Am Brutal.

The last track is a rap number called Saawan Ki Aye Hawa, by Rahul Gandhi (no, not the Congress leader).The song is very desi and all the more absorbing when Garima Aneja joins in.

The newcomer makes a good impression with this folksy number that is presented in an urban and contemporary manner by Sanjeev.

The song ensures that Revolver Rani concludes on a positive note.

The soundtrack of Revolver Rani is unconventional and largely experimental. It grows on you the more you hear it.

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