REVIEW: Ghar More Pardesiya gets Kalank off to a great start!

By Bryan Durham - March 18, 2019

SONG: Ghar More Pardesiya
MOVIE: Kalank
SINGERS: Shreya Ghoshal, Vaishali Made
MUSIC: Pritam
LYRICS: Amitabh Bhattacharya
LABEL: Zee Music Company

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

By Pritam’s own admission, Kalank sees him working with sitarist Niladri Kumar for the third time (after Gangster and Life In A…Metro), but it will be the first time Niladri has played acoustic sitar for the first time in Pritam’s song.

Alia Bhatt and Madhuri Dixit Nene have never been seen in a dance-off (or a visualised sing-off, for that matter).

GMP also marks the second time Shreya Ghoshal and Vaishali Mhade have come together in a song (the last time being Bajirao Mastani‘s Pinga).

Also, this would be the first time (if our memory serves us right) that Remo D’Souza has choreographed and out-and-out song with such a strong classical bent.

Ghar More Pardesiya is the first Kalank single to release.

THE AUDIO

The unravelling of Ghar More Pardesiya‘s musical tapestry opens with (what one can safely assume, is) Vaishali Mhade’s vocals for Madhuri. Then on, Shreya Ghoshal’s vocals can be heard when Madhuri’s out of the frame, but it’s easy to make out once Alia is seen mouthing the words by Amitabh Bhattacharya. Lyrically, it’s a celebration of the legend of Lord Ram.

Sonically, this is best enjoyed with headphones on and eyes closed. Each instrument playing is so finely interwoven that for an untrained ear, it will be next to impossible to recognise.

But a few listens in, you’ll be able to tell a sarod apart from the sitar or the ravanahatha or the mandolin. Or the tabla from the tabla tarang. If you love discovering new sounds (top-notch sound design by DJ Phukan and Sunny MR), this one will be quite the pleaser.

THE VIDEO

REVIEW: Ghar More Pardesiya gets Kalank off to a great start!

To us, the star of this video (technically) isn’t Binod Pradhan (the director of photography) as much as it is production designer Amrita Mahal Nakai and costume designers Manish Malhotra, Maxima Basu Golani and Ajay Kmr. ‘

Husnabad wouldn’t have a definite character, neither would Bahaar Begum’s haveli if it weren’t imagined through the production designer’s eyes.

Alia and Madhuri are lovely as they are, but without the soft whites and varying shades of pink they wear, you’d miss out on the elegance that shines despite the opulence of it all.

Remo and team ensure there’s an understated innocence but ethereal beauty to Alia’s movements.

Alia CAN dance, and like Madhuri, all we can do is WATCH!

bandook VERDICT

Ghar More Pardesiya isn’t just a superbly crafted melody that’s easy on the ears, it’s also a visual spectacle.

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