Girl at the Piano Music Review: Azhar (Bollywood Soundtrack)

April is the month where I finally went back to listening to music from other Bollywood composers (I had been enjoying Himeshji’s wonderful albums of Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, Sanam Teri Kasam & Teraa Surroor!) and the first album I chose to listen to was the soundtrack of the forthcoming Emraan Hashmi film ‘Azhar’.

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‘Azhar’ sees Emraan play the role of a cricketer who has been framed for match-fixing. Nargis Fakhri, Prachi Desai and Lara Dutta also star in the film. The soundtrack has music by a mixture of composers: Pritam, Amaal Malik, DJ Chetas and a re-worked track by yester year composers Kalyanji & Anandji. Actor Emraan Hashmi is always known to have outstanding music in his films, so lets see how this soundtrack fares!

The album opens with the romantic ballad ‘Bol Do Naa Zara’ which has been sung by Armaan Malik and composed by Amaal Malik with lyrics by Rashmi Virag. What is refreshing about this song, is that it actually stays in your mind and does not give you the deja vu feeling of having heard it before (as can happen with majority of Bollywood romantic ballads!) There is a wonderful piano rift throughout and it is an easy-to-listen to composition. 3/5

The next track is ‘Itni Si Baat Hain’ which has been sung by Arijit Singh and I guess it has been composed by Pritam. I found this track to be very deja vu and reminiscent of earlier Arijit tracks. Therefore, it sadly did not have a lasting effect on me unlike ‘Bol Do Naa Zara’. 2/5

Moving on to ‘Oye Oye’ which is the recreated Kalyanji – Anandji track. It really does seem that Bollywood has a fascination with this particular phrase (I am very sure the film ‘Dhamaal’ or ‘Rascals’ also featured a track with ‘Oye Oye’). There is nothing noticeable in this track and it is very much skip worthy. I guess the films producers suddenly realised that the soundtrack needed a peppy number and hence created this one. 1/5

We are then back to the ballads with ‘Tu Hi Na Jaane’ which has been sung by Sonu Nigam and Prakirti Kakkar. Sonu Nigam seems to enjoy singing ballads lately (remember ‘Sapne Jahan’ with Neeti Mohan in ‘Brothers’?) and he has delivered another fine ballad with ‘Tu Hi Na Jaane’. 3/5

The album closes on a high note with ‘Jeetne Ke Liye’. This song is almost like a theme song of the film, given that the story is based on Cricket and winning/losing is often associated with sport. Singer KK, once again, shows how he is a master of such ballads. ‘Jeetne Ke Liye’ has a strong melody and a passionate feel to it, which leaves you feeling inspirational after listening to the song. It is a rock ballad which gives the listener a nice break after the earlier slower ballads. 3/5

Overall, the album of ‘Azhar’ has some strong melodies and meaningful lyrics. While it is quite possible that the films Music does not require that much importance, one can say the album has chosen a very safe genre of romantic ‘ballads’ as there is just one party number. Here at Girl at the Piano, I give the album 3/5. My top favourites: ‘Bol Do Na Zara’, ‘Jeetne Ke Liye’ and ‘Tu Hi Na Jaane’.

My Music review can also now be read at BollySpice: http://bollyspice.com/azhar-music-review/

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