There are very few directors who also compose music for their film and one of them is Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The director’s music has always been the USP of his films. His upcoming film Bajirao Mastani is a period film and the music is composed by SLB. We really have high expectations from the music. So, let’s see if it lives up to our expectations or not…
Bajirao Mastani is based on Maharashtrian warrior Peshwa Bajirao; so, you’ll see a lot of songs in this movie spiced up with the essence of Maharashtra.
The track titled Deewani Mastani starts with Marathi lyrics and folk music. After a few seconds into it, the track moves to a beautiful number with music which has a classical touch. The lyrics of this track will remind you of Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya from Mughal-E-Azam. Shreya Ghoshal’s melodious voice perfectly suits this soft dance number.
After making such an impressive start, Sanjay Leela Bhansali takes us in a romantic mood with the next song Aayat. A wonderful soulful romantic number which touches our hearts thanks to its blissful lyrics. It’s a very simple number, but the way Arijit Singh has sung it is commendable. Siddharth-Garima’s lyrics are amazing. Well, some people might feel that it’s an outdated number and no one expresses their feeling with such songs nowadays, but not to forget it’s a period film and the song perfectly gels with the era.
Are you in a celebratory mood? Then the next track Malhari is just perfect for you. This track is totally contemporary and we are sure there will be whistles in theatres when this track plays. It’s a massy number with a few local Marathi words used in the lyrics, for example, the word ‘vaat’ will be heard a lot of times in the song. As we said that the previous song might make you feel outdated, this one will make you feel that you are back in 2015. Vishal Dadlani’s voice wonderfully complements the song.
Let’s come out of the celebratory mood and move into a typical classical number with the song Mohe Rang Do Laal. The beats of the song are what we used to hear in the 1960s and 70s. While listening to this track you will feel that SLB is totally inspired by the track Mohe Panghat Pe from Mughal-E-Azam as the feel of the song is quite similar. The perfect classical music blended with Shreya Ghoshal’s wonderful voice making this one worth an experience.
We had heard the song Albela Sajan in Hum Dil Chuke Sanam. And now, SLB uses the track in Bajirao Mastani too but, with a lot of changes in the beats and lyrics. Here, he has tried to get a Maharashtrian touch in the track. Shashi Suman, Kunal Pandit and Prithvi Gandharva has sung the track very well.
We remember a few months ago there were reports that Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh will be seen in an emotional number in the film. And after listening to the next track titled Ab Tohe Jane Na Doongi it looks like this is that number. It’s a soulful number where a lady is trying to stop a man. This song is on the lines of Na Jao Sanya. However, SLB gets an extremely emotional touch in the music and once again Siddharth-Garima’s lyrics steal our hearts. Payal Dev and Shreyas Puranik’s vocals wonderfully express the pain of the characters.
Next in the album is one of the most controversial songs of the year Pinga. It’s a foot-tapping number with full-on energetic beats fantastically mixed with Marathi folk music. Lyrics, too, have a Maharashtrian touch. Well, this song is compared to Dola Re, but unfortunately it doesn’t reach the level of the song from Devdas. Shreya Ghoshal and Vaishali Mhade have sung the track beautifully.
Aaj Ibaadat, once again a delightful number which starts with ‘Om mangalam bhagwan Vishnu….’, is a soulful number with a touch of sufi as well as classical music in it. Javed Bashir, Shahdab Faridi and Altamash Faridi’s vocals are impressive in the track.
The next song titled as Fitoori is the best track of the album. It’s a perfect Lavani number which is soft yet highon tempo. The Marathi lyrics and the Lavani music is just too good in the track. Above all is Vaishali Mhade’s voice. She excellently gets the adaa in her voice which takes the track a notch higher.
And the last one is an aarti number titled Gajanana. The traditional aarti is replete with lazim and dhol beats. This will surely be heard in all Ganpati pandals. Sukhwinder Singh’s voice does full justice with the track.
Would like to point out that the makers have smartly arranged the jukebox of the film so that it doesn’t bore its listeners. There’s one foot-tapping number followed by a soulful number, so that the song genre doesn’t become repetitive.
Bajirao Mastani Music Review Final Verdict:
Overall, Sanjay Leela Bhansali gives us something more than what we expected. The album is simply mind-blowing.
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