‘Ludo’ is another collaboration between Anurag Basu and Pritam Chakraborty, after ‘Barfi’ (2012) and ‘Jagga Jasoos’ (2017). The soundtrack contains four songs and when two creative people unite after such a gap, audiences are reminiscent of their past hits together. No wonder why, music lovers are still listening to their evergreen hits.
Arijit Singh kickstarts the soundtrack with “Aabaad Barbaad” with his melodious voice and brings all the emotions with effortless ease. The song is dedicated to all one-sided lovers. The tunes and beats are so pleasant to hear and complement well with Arijit Singh’s voice, which is very soothing and calm. This kind of soulful tunes are generally found in every song of Pritam’s repertoire, from ‘Barfi’s “Phir Le Aya Dil”, ‘Life In A… Metro’s “Alvida” or “In Dino” to ‘Jagga Jasoos’s “Ullu Ka Pattha”. “Abaad Barbaad” also has a Ghulam Ali’s sarangi piece in it.
“Hardum Humdum” is sung by Arijit Singh along with Shilpa Rao. Sayeed Quadri who has worked extensively with Pritam in his heydays, pens the track. Roopak Naigaonkar’s sarod and Feroz Shah’s harmonium tunes make this song a semi-classical piece. This song is also about longing for the loved one. Shilpa Rao brings her own style and pours her magical voice into the song and makes it such a beautiful track.
“Meri Tum Ho” is sung by the dependable Jubin Nautiyal and Ash King. With lyrics written by Sandeep Srivastava and Shloka Lal, the song reminds us of Anurag Basu and Pritam Chakraborty’s collaboration on ‘Barfi’s soundtrack. The soothing music, beats and lyrics are all above average. The wonderful tunes of the acoustic guitar and flute make the song very delightful.
Pleasant and enjoyable, “Dil Julaha” is sung by Darshan Raval, with words written by Swanand Kirkire. The tune, beats and exotic sounds of the instruments render it very soothing. Darshan’s voice is very jolly and cheerful to hear. Who doesn’t love this kind of singing?
There have been very few cases where Pritam Chakraborty has collaborated with various lyricists in one album. In ‘Ludo’ he has worked with four lyricists – Sandeep Srivastava, Sayeed Quadri, Swanand Krikire and Shloka Lal. He has worked with Sandeep Srivastava in songs such as “Baatein Kuch Ankahin Si” and “O Meri Jaan” from ‘Life In A… Metro’ (2007). With Swanand Kirkire in “Ala Barfi”, “Sawali Si Raat” and “Aashiyan” from ‘Barfi’ (2012) and with Sayeed Quadri in “Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai” and “Mujhe Maat Roko” from ‘Gangster’ (2006) and “Phir Le Aya Dil” from ‘Barfi’.
‘Ludo’ is a complete soundtrack and shows clearly how music should be composed with the right team. Then all falls into place. Pritam has been consistently delivering and this one is no exception.