MUSIC REVIEW: Padman is a strong collaboration between composer and lyricist

By Bryan Durham - January 25, 2018

MUSIC REVIEW: Padman is a strong collaboration between composer and lyricist - Bandook

Pad Man; Zee Music Company Music: Amit Trivedi

Lyrics: Kausar Munir

Rating: ***1/2 (3.5/5)

Bryan Durham

1. Aaj Se Teri: A rustic (and rather personal) wedding vows read-out. Kausar͛s verse is spot-on, lovely and the imagery magical. By comparison, Amit Trivedi͛s soundscape is sparse, building only mid-way, allowing Arijit Singh (feeling a bit reminiscent of Udit Narayan Official) to imbue Munir͛s words with meaning. Pleasant and stays with you long after the track is done.

2. The Padman Song: Mika Singh serves a singular purpose here. To list out, in his unique drawl, what kind of a superhero ͚Padman͛ is and more importantly, what he isn͛t. It͛s an introductory track that soon sees the backing vocals (Pragati Joshi , Deepti Rege & Mayuri Kudalkar) take over as a public service announcement for sanitary pads, before Mika resumes his part.

3. Hu Ba Hu: The composer becomes the singer for this sing-along upbeat motivational track with a lead-in that feels decidedly South-Indian in vibe, before the familiar Amit Trivedi sound kicks in.

4. Saale Sapne: Mohit Chauhan talks about dreams that want to take flight, but find themselves shackled by ties that bind it to reality. Beautiful imagery, but one feels won͛t find too many takers.

5. Sayaani: A female empowerment song of a different kind. Again, Kausar is the hero here. She͛s allowed to fly here with Yashita Sharma, Jonita Gandhi, Yashika Sikka & Rani Kaur mouthing her words with unbridled joy and gusto. VERDICT: This album, as much as it is the composer͛s vision, is only brought alive by the lyricist. That being said, it͛s hard to imagine a shelf life for the OST post the film, save for a couple of songs

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