REVIEW: Kesari’s music is adequate, not adventurous

By Bryan Durham - March 19, 2019

REVIEW: Kesari’s music is adequate, not adventurous

ALBUM: Kesari
MUSIC: Jasbir Jassi, Tanishk Bagchi, Arko, Chirrantan Bhatt Gurmoh, Jasleeen Royal
LYRICS: Tanishk Bagchi, Manoj Muntashir, Kumaar, Kunwar Juneja
LABEL: Zee Music Company
RATING: ***1/2 (3 AND A HALF STARS)

EK ONKAAR

Jasbir Jassi invokes the blessings of the Almighty with the all-too-well-known Sikh prayer (or mool mantra). It’s a competently rendered piece, but one that’s very cut-and-dry. Also, it’s over all too soon.

VE MAAHI

Arijit Singh has Asees Kaur for company on this romantic number penned and composed by Tanishk Bagchi. It starts out earthy and simple, exploring love and longing. It’s a pleasant song, that plays out a bit like a bidaai song and you’ll know the reason for that once you watch the film.

TERI MITTI

The track bristles with a steely verve, thanks to B Praak’s booming vocals. And this Arko track that ebbs and flows and overwhelms with emotive, powerful, evocative words (penned by Manoj Muntashir) that give you goosebumps with every listen. It’s a song that spells out a happy resignation to one’s fate with a resolve you don’t see in anyone’s mind, but a soldier’s. Easily, the best song off this album.

SANU KEHNDI

Tanishk Bagchi’s composition feels a little too close in vibe (visually) to Havan Kund (Bhag Milkha Bhag) and to Billo Rani (De Dana Dan… Goal).

AJJ SINGH GARJEGA

The war cry has a proud, earthy vibe about it. Jazzy B’s vocals make all the difference to this Chirrantan Bhatt track, penned by Kunwar Juneja.

DEH SHIVA [MALE VERSION]

In case you didn’t know, this is orginally a shabad (hymn) written by Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Gurmoh’s production of this track has the redoubtable Sukhwinder Singh letting his voice work its magic on you.

DEH SHIVA [FEMALE VERSION]

Jasleen Royal’s version of the shabad has a more calming effect on you. It conjures up a mother’s hand, lulling you to sleep, with notions and aspirations of bravery that stretches before and beyond.

bandook Verdict

Kesari‘s music stays true to the period and the core of the film and yet manages to remain contemporary and cohesive, despite a few snags along the way. One just wishes that they tried to do more with the traditional tracks.

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