Promising albums of 2015

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Every year, some albums live up to the hype surrounding them, while some fizz out. Then, there are some albums, which you had no expectations from, end up surprising you with some great music. Here’s a look at some films that promise the best music in 2015.

Music: A R Rahman
After working with Sandesh Shandilya (‘Socha Na Tha’, ‘Jab We Met’) and Pritam (‘Jab We Met’, ‘Love Aaj Kal’), Imtiaz joined hands with Rahman to create the music of ‘Rockstar’, one of the best Hindi film albums in recent times. The music of Highway, though good, could not match up to the standards of ‘Rockstar’. With Tamasha being this big budget vehicle starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, one expects nothing less than a classic!

Dil Dhadakne Do
Music: Shankar Ehsaan Loy
Shankar Ehsaan Loy had scored some wonderful music for ‘Luck By Chance’, Zoya Akhtar’s directorial debut. Unfortunately, the music did not click with the masses. SEL, then, came out with an album that was in sync with Zoya’s sensibilities and yet, had mass appeal. ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ turned out to be a hugely popular album, songs of which still get a lot of airplay. One hopes that would deliver great music for ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ too.

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo
Music: Himesh Reshammiya
The last Rajshri Productions’ film that had good music was ‘Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi’. After that the banner came out with many small budget films that had average (‘Luv U Mr. Kalaakar’, ‘Samrat & Co.’) to bad (‘Issi Life Mein’) music. It’s been ages since Rajshri, a banner associated with great music at a point of time, delivered a memorable album. With Sooraj Barjatya wielding the megaphone, Salman Khan in the lead, Himesh Reshammiya should deliver something good here.

Bombay Velvet
Music: Amit Trivedi
Amit Trivedi has come up with some really good jazz based songs in the past. Now, when someone gives him the responsibility to compose an entire soundtrack filled with jazz based numbers, the composer would go crazy with his imagination, right? Anurag Kashyap’s 90 crore extravaganza, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma in the lead, set in Mumbai (then, Bombay) of the 1960s. Expect a fun, experimental soundtrack.

Music: Amit Trivedi
Some directors know how to extract the best out of the composers they work with. Abhishek Kapoor made his debut with ‘Aryan: Unbreakable’ that had some good music by Anand Raaj Anand. Anand was delivering bad albums one after the other when Abhishek chose (or maybe forced) to work with him. Anand ended up delivering one of the best albums of his career. He worked with Shankar Ehsaan Loy to create a rock album and the result was the brilliant ‘Rock On!!’. Although ‘Kai Po Che’ (Amit Trivedi) had just about three songs, each of them was a gem in its own right. Amit has, in an interview, has stated the music of ‘Fitoor’ will have elements of Kashmiri folk music in it. We are excited.

Music: Shankar Ehsaan Loy
Right from ‘Aks’ to ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s films have never disappointed with their music. After collaborating with Anu Malik (‘Aks’) and A.R Rahman (Rang De Basanti’ and ‘Delhi 6’), Rakeysh roped in Shankar Ehsaan Loy (SEL) to score the music of his biographical sports drama ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’. The trio came up with songs of different genres that worked very well with the theme of the film and managed to become hugely popular. SEL, along with Gulzar, should come out with another brilliant for this period drama.

Jagga Jasoos
Music: Pritam
Pritam has delivered some of his best music for Anurag Basu’s films. Reports suggest that the film has as many as 25 music pieces, composed by Pritam. Music plays an important role in this detective drama. So, one cannot help but expect another winner of a soundtrack from the Pritam – Anurag Basu combination.

Music: Sachin-Jigar
Sachin-Jigar have created diverse (and good) music for each of the films directed by Raj & DK. Even in a film like ‘Shor In The City’, that had minimal scope for music, they gave them a gem of a song in ‘Saibo’. The composers are currently working on the soundtrack of the director duo’s next ‘Farzi’ which, reportedly, is a thriller.

Music: Amit Trivedi
Amit composed some good music for Vikas Bahl’s ‘Queen’ last year. ‘Shandaar’ is touted to be the first destination wedding film to be made in India; that should give Amit a lot of scope for composing different kinds of songs. Hopefully, he does something different from his, now, over familiar sound, and comes up with a good soundtrack.

Ghayal Returns
Music: Shankar Ehsaan Loy
Why, you ask? Because, Vijeta Films’ productions have always carried good music. Right from ‘Betaab’ to ‘ Socha Na Tha’, each of the films produced by the banner gave music buffs something to cheer about. Yes, some of the last films produced by the Deols did not really have good music. Ghayal Returns is being directed by Sunny Deol, who had last directed Dillagi (1999). Dillagi was a very good album which brought together some heavy weights like Jatin Lalit, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Anand Milind and Sukhwinder Singh together! Hopefully, Shankar Ehsaan Loy will come up with an entertaining, masaledaar album for ‘Ghayal Once Again’.

It remains to be seen whether these albums live up to our expectations. And yes, we are looking for surprises too!


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