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Review: The Bombay Velvet album is experimental

By Aelina Kapoor
May 03, 2015 11:00 IST
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Anushka Sharma in Bombay VelvetIt's brave of Bombay Velvet makers to invest so much creatively in its music album, says Aelina Kapoor.

Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet, set in 1960s Mumbai, promises to dole out generous doses of jazz music with its soundtrack.

While it would be interesting to see how music composer Amit Trivedi and lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya have handled the music, the film happens to be the biggest soundtrack for singer Neeti Mohan, who features prominently on this playlist.

To start off, the Aam Hindustani ditty sets the tone while Neeti Mohan takes the mic for Mohabbat Buri Bimari, a slow-moving jazz number that talks about the trials and tribulations of love.

There is another version by Shefali Alvares, but the one that makes the most impact is Shalmali Kholgade's remix version, composed by Mikey McCleary.

The next two songs -- Ka Khaa Gaa and Dhadaam Dhadaam -- with their prominently massy tone, remind one of songs featuring in David Dhawan films.

Thee two numbers are followed up with two jazz tracks that have that distinct background score quality to them. 

Naak Pe Gussa, sung by Neeti again, has a fun element to it and is picturised on the film's leads Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma.

Things take a sombre turn with Papon's rendition of Darbaan. The song, although poetic, is not so catchy.

Shefali Alvares’s peppy Shut Up complements the mood and setting of the film but may not necessarily be a chart topper. 

Mohit Chauhan and Neeti Mohan come together for the sweet sounding duet Behroopia, composed by Amit Trivedi.

The sound stays consistent in the musical pieces with The Bombay Velvet Theme, Conspiracy and Tommy Gun.

Bombay Velvet makers have stuck to the edgy theme of the film.

For a film with a budget of almost Rs 100 crore, it is a brave decision to have music that is unconventional and experimental.


Image: Anushka Sharma in Bombay Velvet

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