‘SOORMA’ music review: Beautiful music and lyrics with limited appeal

By Bryan Durham - July 3, 2018

‘SOORMA’ music review: Beautiful music and lyrics with limited appeal

Why the music won’t outlast the film

SOORMA
MUSIC: Shankar Ehsaan Loy
LYRICS: Gulzar
RATING: ***1/2 (THREE & A HALF STARS)

1. ISHQ DI BAAJIYAAN
Brooding and introspective, it starts out playfully. And then, you learn of a very specific story. That of India’s ‘Flicker Singh’. There’s something inherently beautiful about Soorma’s Ishq Di Baajiyaan. Maybe, it’s the beautiful verse by Gulzar. Maybe, it’s the beautifully layered music of Shankar Ehsaan Loy. Maybe it’s actor-singer Diljit Dosanjh’s winning voice. Maybe it’s all of the above.

2. SOORMA ANTHEM
When all the chips are down and the odds are stacked against you, where do you find the resolve and the persistence to get past the long night and win the day? The Soorma Anthem, sung by Shankar Mahadevan takes you along on that journey.

3. GOOD MAN DI LAALTAIN
It’s a homecoming song fit for a king, sort of a ‘For He’s A Jolly Good Fellow’ vibe dance number with electronic elements for good measure. Quirky music, complemented by equally quirky yet joyful lyrics, it leaves you in a happy mood. Sukhwinder Singh and Sunidhi Chauhan’s vocals set the mood.

4. PARDESIYA
A soulful semi-classical beauty sung by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, Shehnaz Akhtar and Hemant Brijwasi, it is a song of longing tinged by melancholy, that’s underlined with the appropriate use of instruments.

5. FLICKER SINGH
We have a feeling that this one will play either over the end or opening credits. It’s an introduction that celebrates Sandeep Singh’s achievements. Sung by Shankar, Ehsaan, Shehnaz and Hemant, it’s a rather forgettable track.

VERDICT: As always, SEL’s music underscores the story of the film with rather specific lyrics and the very specific use of instruments that are intrinsic to the region. Most of what you listen to has music and lyrics that is beautiful, but won’t transcend the lifetime of the film.

 

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