I don’t remember a single famous song coming from a Prakash Jha movie. In fact, a movie of his having a soundtrack is by itself something new. His are strong political stories, with a couple of tracks running basically as background scores, hardly anything to croon or listen to. But Jha seems to have gone against the norm with Raajneeti. The film has an album with two romantic tracks, a seemingly item number, a patriotic song and four remixes.
Another thing that’s unique about the album is that it has four composers - Pritam, Aadesh Shrivastava, Shantanu Moitra and Wayne Sharpe. Each composer has churned out a track each.
Pritam’s contribution to the album is a romantic track – Bheegi Si Bhaagi Si. Sung by Mohit Chauhan and Antara Mitra, the song is soulful and decent enough, although I didn’t really like Mitra’s vocals. Her voice is more suited for peppy numbers, not quite in line for a slow track. Chauhan is good, the number is sweet but there’s nothing fresh about it. It’s one of those songs that will vanish without creating a flutter.
Up next is Shrivastava’s Mora Piya. Now, this one has some seriously good lyrics. It has a Bhojpuri feel to it, with small instances of English weaved in. The combo works well. The track is already on air and is quite famous.
Another track that has excellent lyrics is Dhan Dhan Dharti. Sung by Shankar Mahadevan (the album also has a remixed version sung by Sonu Nigam), Dhan Dhan Dharti is the patriotic song that makes you think. This one is my favourite song from the album. It’s amazing that the song has been composed by a Westerner – Wayne Sharpe. Jha probably wanted a Indo-Western fusion in it, Sharpe has done a good job of it.
The Raajneeti album also has what sounds like an item number in Ishq Barse. Composed by Moitra, the song has been sung by Hamsika Iyer. It is a pretty ordinary item number, nothing too great.
Overall, the Raajneeti album is just about okay. No one really expects anything great from the movie’s music, but it would be interesting to see how the two romantic tracks are put into the movie.
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