It's interesting to note that AR Rahman has scored music for Aamir Khan-starrer 1947 Earth nearly two decades ago, and now he returns to do the same for a similarly sounding movie, which also has the same setting - horrors of Partition. However, Partition: 1947 is actually the Bollywood title - the movie is really called Viceroy's House, and is directed by Bend It Like Beckham fame Gurinder Chadha. The movie stars Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi and late Om Puri in the cast, and is based on Mountbatten's days in India, during the partition. Here's the music review...
Do Dilon Ke
From the first note of Shreya Ghoshal singing Do Dilon Ke, I have fallen in love with this song. No, I am lying - I had already had a soft corner for this song when I realised that Ghoshal and Hariharan are the singers here, and AR Rahman is the composer. All the three involved are my favourites, and their collaboration, which is this song, is just brilliant. It also brings back the vintage Rahman we have loved earlier, before he went all techno-savvy. A must addition to your playlist if you love slow Rahman numbers.
Duma Dum Mast Kalander
The remaining two songs are recreated popular folk songs, recreated by Rahman and Hans Raj Hans. Now we have heard Duma Dum Mast Kalander in its various avatar in a few Bollywood movies. But the beauty of this song is that no matter how many times you hear it, its beauty continues to stay with you, making you fall for it every time. Hans Raj Hans's exuberant singing is an added bonus here.
Jindwa is another Punjabi folk number brought alive by Hans Raj Hans' singing. And like Duma Dum..., the album does complete justice to the song, and not ruin with unnecessary orchestrations.
Partition 1947's album is very short, with just one original song and two recreated folk songs. However, like we always say, it's the quality that matters rather than the quantity, with Do Dilon Ke being one of Rahman's finest efforts in recent times. The album is worth recommending only for that!
Do Dilon Ke, Duma Dum
3.0 out of 5
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