'Saawariya' - high on melody, music

Sep 30, 2007 Meghna Menon

Many music lovers have been looking forward to the soundtrack of "Saawariya" because the music of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's films is usually appealing. And this time too, with Monty Sharma composing the music and Sameer and Nusrat Badr writing the lyrics, the songs of "Saawariya" ought to strike a chord with the masses.

"Chabeela" comes in as a pleasant surprise for a couple of reasons including the fact that Alka Yagnik has rendered a song after a long time. Composed by Monty Sharma, the music compliments Alka's voice beautifully, making it a very likeable track.

Next is "Daras bina nahin chain". It is a classical piece of music, which doesn't end up being boring. Richa Sharma does an amazing job with the vocals and so do Parthiv Gohil and Shail Hada who accompany her in this number. It may pick up after the release of the film.

"Jaan-e-jaan" is average. However, Shreya Ghoshal and Kunal Ganjawala don't disappoint.

High on romance is "Jab se tere naina". It seems like an appropriate Sanjay Leela Bhansali song. Sung by Shaan, who usually does justice to romantic numbers, the music of "Jab se..." is a good effort.

Another fabulous piece is "Masha-Allah". Similar to the melodious love songs that used to come out earlier in the 1980s, this song too retains a high dose of melody entwined with noteworthy renditions by Kunal Ganjawala and Shreya Ghoshal. It's the kind of song where one would just like to sit back and enjoy the music.

As the name suggests, "Pari" is a complete fairytale sort of a track. It is a lovely romantic song that has melody, rhythm, serene instrumental music and beautiful vocals.

The title track "Saawariya" is an amazing number that gets you humming along. Shail Hada, who renders this piece, is going to be flooded with offers for singing after the sure-shot success of this track.

"Sawar gayi" is a moderate number, which would have turned out to be a hit if it were included in an album where most of the tracks disappoint. But while most of the numbers in "Saawariya" impress, "Sawar gayi" is not up to the mark. Shreya too could have done better.

Bhansali adorns the cap of a music director by composing "Thode badmash". As an individual audio piece, it would in no way rake in any money or popularity. So, we're only left to see whether it suits the situation in the movie.

"Yoon Shabnami" is an okay number with Parthiv Gohil behind the vocals. Composed by Monty Sharma and written by Sandeep Nath, the track's success is doubtful due to the genre it comes in which doesn't have a major fan following.

Almost all the songs in the soundtrack of "Saawariya" are high on melody, music with a classical touch and poetic lyrics, which raise the standards of quality music in Bollywood. But what remains to be seen is whether this album clicks with the public or not.

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