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Rajjo Rajjo
SummaryWhen the makers of a film tag it as a musical, you expect fireworks from the album


Music: Uttam Singh

Label: Times Music

When the makers of a film tag it as a musical, you expect fireworks from the album. Plus, with Uttam Singh’s name as the music director, you keep thinking about his fabulous compositions in films like Dil Toh Pagal Hai and Gadar-Ek Prem Katha. Sadly, the soundtrack of this film is nowhere close to his earlier works. Rajjo has eight songs, none of which qualify to live up to the label of a musical.

First one is Julmi re julmi in Bela Shende’s voice, a confused mujra style dance number. The use of instruments is monotonous, rhythm falls flat and Dev Kohli’s outdated lyrics sound straight out of a Bhojpuri film. Shende, who is the sole vocalist for actress Kangana Ranaut in the film, has tried to give her best, but the composition doesn’t do much for her. Shaan’s Mere dil ki train comes next, which will remind you of the early 60’s when smitten by a girl, romantic heroes would sing mushy, fun loving numbers. Though Shaan has sung it well, the track sounds like a nursery rhyme with boring lyrics by Sameer Anjaan.

Kaise milu mein piya penned by Dev Kohli makes for an interesting hear, with its semi - classical melody and the wonderful use of harmonium, flute and piano. Both Javed Ali and Shende have done justice to this number, making it worth a listen, especially for fans of classical music. Kaleja hai hazir also follows the classical route, with a rich mix of tunes from the tabla, dholak, ghungroo among others. Though Shende’s voice does have limitations, this song is limited only to the classical music lovers. Mere ghoongru goes the semi - classical way. It’s an outdated composition which is over - orchestrated and clearly belongs to the early 90’s. Ali and Shende’s voice does very little to save the song. Shubha Joshi’s Ye kotha ye ghoongru is a situational song, preferably for an emotional scene.

Mumbai Voices come in for Bille ke jabede mein, which is a forgettable track. Theme of Rajjo instrumental is super long and can be given a miss. There could have been so much more to this album, but alas! Singh’s effort is a bland fare, with no good rhythm or presentation. Though a few classical melodies are good, it’s not enough to force a music lover to buy the album. Buy it only if

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