If you are a sucker for soul-rending numbers and Indian Ocean as a band, you are in for a treat.
Masaan was a film that made India proud at this year's Cannes with the film getting a 15 minute standing ovation and winning the FIPRESCI Prize. Director Neeraj Ghaywan presents two narratives based in Benares and centred around our noarrow-minded views on inter-caste romances, pre-marital sex and corruption. The film stars Richa Chaddha, Sanjay Mishra, Vineet Singh, Vicky Kaushal and Shweta Tripathi.
The music is composed by one of India's most revered bands - Indian Ocean. Let's see if they have worked their magic once again, after that epic score in Black Friday!
Tu Kisi Rail Si: I just love it whenever the eminent Swanand Kirkire goes behind the mike to croon another wonderful song. This time again, he fails to disappoint us as he belts a wonderful romantic song in Tu Kisi Rail Si. Though not exactly in the league of his previously sung ditties, namely Bawra Mann from Hazaaron Khwaishen Aise and O Ri Chiraiyya from Sayamev Jayathe, it still manages to mesmerise you with his unconventional dulcet that goes from high to low, and some breezy lyrics. Not a song that you may like on the first hear, but give it some time, and it will definitely grow on you like mature wine!
Mann Kasturi: Indian Ocean makes their strong stamp on this album with Mann Kasturi. It has brilliance written all over it, with groovy music and a soulful rendition from Rahul Ram and co.. The part that hooked me the most was the taraaataraaa alaap in between. The song makes me wonder why Bollywood doesn't use Indian Ocean much and rely on composers who lift off from international hits!
Bhor: Compared to the other songs heard before, Bhor make more of a situational song. But that doesn't make it a piece to be ignored. With some minimal yet magical use of the musical instruments, and relying on the singers' prowess, Indian Ocean makes sure Bhor is much more than just a situational piece. Again, it may take some time for you to get used to this unconventional track, but once you get hooked, it's an ethereal feel!
Verdict: The makers of Masaan believe more in quality than quantity, as the album has only three songs, and thankfully, no remixes! With songs like Tu Kisi Rail Si and Mann Kasturi, you won't be complaining either! Pretty unconventional, but earthy and immensely likeable!
Our pick: All the songs!
4.0 out of 5
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