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Gangubai Kathiawadi Music Review

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ made a theatrical release on 25th February. Much before the movie hit the theatres the songs were trending all over social media. Bhansali had composed the songs himself, which were written by AM Turaz and Kumaar. Bhansali made his way as a music composer through ‘Saawariya’ (2007). He has always been a promising composer, as is evident from the tracks of his films ‘Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela’ (2013), ‘Bajirao Mastani’ (2015) and ‘Padmaavat’ (2018).

The album of ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ opened with “Meri Jaan” which depicted an old-school love. The tune was engaging and Neeti Mohan and Shail Hada made the song hit the right chords of the audience. Shail had arranged the song while Neeti sang it. Kumaar had penned down the lyrics for it. The use of horns and saxophone fit the song perfectly with a pitch-perfect yodeling.

“Dholida” is a Gujrati folk song that is like any other highly energetic Garba folk music or a festival vibe track from Bhansali films. However, Jahnvi Shrimankar’s distinct voice made the song extremely popular creating an ambiance of energy and magnificence. Shail’s entry at the end of the song made the song more beautiful creating an amazing impact.

The best track of the film was the romantic number “Jab Saiyaan” sung by Shreya Ghoshal. AM Turaz penned the lyrics for the song that can be heard on a loop and is definitely a love anthem of the year. The rhythm was very different and completely original. The use of Sarangi, Guitar and Flute were so well blended with Harmonium that it’s a treat to listen to. ‘Jab Saiyaan Aaye Shaam Ko, Toh Lag Gaye Chand Mere Naam Ko, Sar Pe Rakh Ke Nach Phiri Main, Har Jalte Hue Ilzaam Ko’ (when my beloved returned home in the evening, I danced to the tunes of every burning allegation), such lines in the song made it the best love song one has heard in months.

Archana Gore’s solo track “Shikayat” is a Qawwali and Arijit Singh’s “Muskurahat” is a Ghazal. One has heard such songs before but the screenplay created a better impact for the tracks. Also, the lyrics is like poetry for the mass. “Jhume Re Gori” felt like an extension of “Dholida” and was unnecessary in the film. However, its peppy and upbeat tune gave it a whole new Garba vibe. The song is definitely in this year’s Dandiya playlist.

Overall the music album had amazing lyrics and music arrangement. Bhansali has done complete justice to the verses with his tunes. While some songs are nearly addictive, some just existed, but even then they are engaging.

Rating: 3/5

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