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Before There Is The Film, There Is Its Music – Roy’s Playlist Reviewed, Listen Up!

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If it hasn’t hit you from your car radio yet, or made it to your playlist, you’re clearly living under a rock my friend. The music of ‘Roy’, directed by the debutant Vikramjit Singh, is out and precedes what is being billed as one of the most awaited films of 2015. The media is already abuzz with news about this Ranbir Kapoor, Arjun Rampal and Jacqueline Fernandez starrer; full of the who is with whom, who-is-engaged-to-whom sort of gossip that’s got nothing to do with the movie. But more importantly, the movie’s music has been successful in topping the recent chartbusters, and as the songs play on loop in my head, I can tell you why.


The playlist, comprising of six tracks, starts off with an enthusiastic dance number ‘Sooraj Dooba Hain’, which is then complemented by the happy and peppy ‘Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan’; the interlude being provided by the melodious ‘Tu Hai ki Nahi’.

After the beautiful composition of ‘Naina’ in Khoobsurat, Amaal Malik subtly changes gears in ‘Sooraj Dooba Hai’, which, through the lively vocals of Arijit Singh and Aditi Singh Sharma is undoubtedly going to be one of the most popular party songs of 2015 with Kumaar’s lyrics adding icing on the cake. Ankit Tiwari then takes over with his yet another touching melody in ‘Tu Hai Ki Nahi’. Although, his tonal quality and mannerism might sound repetitive (reminding of ‘Galliyan’ and ‘Sun Raha Hai Na Tu’), his voice and Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay’s lyrics effortlessly manage to strike a chord with the audience.

Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan’, the third track, is atypical Punjabi peppy composition from Meet Bros Anjjan with Kanika Kapoor (of the ‘Baby Doll’ fame) as the singer. Jacqueline has ably complemented this bouncy track with her moves in the video version of the song, which has already been creating a rage among the viewers (she has to work on her lip-syncing though!). Although Kanika Kapoor has created her own niche in this genre of music, (given it is her third recording following Baby Doll and Lovely), the mannerisms remain predictable. Leaving aside Kumaar’s catchy lyrics, it otherwise remains a mediocre track.

Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan is followed by two of Ankit Tiwari’s soulful compositions. ‘Boond Boond’, the second composition of Ankit surpasses ‘Tu Hai ke Nahi’ in every respect. Blending harmonium, violin and guitar, the track is innovatively refreshing, exhibiting romantic melancholia in every note. Not only that, its traditional-contemporary fusion makes it one of its kind in the entire album. While the first two of his composition is sung by Ankit himself, his third composition brings out the genius in K.K. once again. Encapsulating the pathos of Sandip Nath’s lyrics, K.K. breezes through the number aptly and effortlessly, providing a perfect closure to the album. With its scintillating arrangements and nice lyrics, the song boasts of a repeat value. Lastly, although an unplugged version of Tu Hai Ki Nahi by Tulsi Kumar is available; it falls quite short of Ankit’s rendering of the same.

Overall, the music album of ‘Roy’ looks quite promising. Despite some tracks being a bit repetitive, its concocted mixture of the genres can be quite pleasing to the ears. Where one track falls short, others compensate. The best part is that it has something for everybody-from a party-goer to a melody-seeker; the benefits of being a multi-composer soundtrack.

But then again, will the movie live up to its music? Let’s wait and watch. In cinemas of course. Say no to piracy!

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