Music Review: Sanju
By Bryan Durham - June 29, 2018
It is rather curious that the ‘Sanju’ soundtrack has dropped the day of the film’s theatrical release. By now, everybody has an opinion on the film and its music. Here’s ours…
MUSIC: AR Rahman (Guest Composer), Rohan-Rohan, Vikram Montrose
LYRICS: Irshad Kamil (Guest Lyricist), Puneet Sharma, Abhijat Joshi, Shekhar Astitwa and Rohan Gokhale
- Main Badhiya Tu Bhi Badhiya: Decidedly retro, Rohan-Rohan’s Bollywood debut is one for the books. It’s hard enough getting the flavour of a bygone era right. To do that surprisingly well, with some rather quirky lyrics by Puneet Sharma, without turning into a cringy caricature is something. Sunidhi and Sonu are splendidly on-point. Fun, fuss-free and it sure brings back fond memories…
- Kar Har Maidaan Fateh: The Vikram Montrose (it’s his Bollywood debut) composition features lyrics by Shekhar Astitwa. The opening lines (sung by Sukhwinder Singh) are powerful. Sukhwinder surges on with the next few motivational lines. More comes by way of Shreya Ghoshal’s lines delivered with the required heft. Vocals aside, enjoy the guitar solo (Ishaan Das) and drums throughout (Zorran Mendonsa). Anthemic, motivational and with one heck of a closer, Kar Har Maidan Fateh is just the rouser you need.
- Ruby Ruby: The female vocalist Poorvi Koutish’s delivery harks back to the late 80s. The male vocalist Shashwat Singh is above par for the most part and he gets set to rival Vishal Dadlani’s high-powered growls in some parts.Irshad Kamil’s lyrics are quite ordinary and only serve to just dress up the rather competent quality of music. Surprisingly, Ruby Ruby feels like it’s having a ‘Dil Se Re’ hangover running right through. It’s unmistakable, unshakeable and just there.
- Baba Bolta Hai Bas Ho Gaya: If you’re an entertainment journalist, ‘according to sources’ is an all-too-familiar crutch (or ally, depending who you’re speaking to). This single, takes a dump on the phenom with Papon, Ranbir Kapoor and Supriya Pathak providing the vocals on this Vikram Montrose composition.
- Bhopu Baj Raha Hai: Nakash Aziz sings to words by Rohan Gokhale and Shekhar Astitva. It’s a track composed by Rohan-Rohan, that’s quite uninspiring, truth be told.
- Mujhe Chand Pe Le Chalo: Nikhita Gandhi’s sultry rendition of the ARR track harks back to the 80s with a distinct jazz-influenced cabaret feel.
VERDICT: Rather middling, the soundtrack brings nothing new to the table. In the very least, it has a one-off hit that everyone will remember. Most else will be forgettable.>