Remember the ‘90s hit number Kudi anjaani ho from the action flick Zor? That song was composed by a trio who went by the name Agosh. One didn’t hear much from them post-Zor until Yash Raj Films signed on R Anandh (one third of Agosh) to compose the music for their latest film Lafangey Parindey.
Interestingly, it’s also the first time that director Pradeep Sarkar has moved away from his regular composer Shantanu Moitra (Parineeta, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag). Well, time to check if Anandh has made the most of his debut as an independent composer.
The album opens with the fairly engaging title track – a medium-pace rock number with a hint of Indian masti. Pradeep Sarkar’s son Ronit Sarkar makes a confident debut as a singer though he does sound like A R Rahman in some parts. Kirkire’s lyrics aptly describe the carefree spirit of the characters in the film.
Mohit Chauhan’s breezy rendition of Man lafanga makes it instantly likeable. The lyrics beautifully express the process of falling in love and there is an old-world charm to this ballad that makes it a must-hear track. Dhatad tatad (Shail Hada, Anuskha Manchanda) attempts to be an energetic, fun track but ends up being noisy and loud.
Shilpa Rao (Khuda jaane, Mudi mudi fame) infuses soul into her rendition of Nain parindey. Anandh uses minimal instruments to create this mellifluous tune which stays in your head long after you hear it. The simplicity of this composition and Shilpa’s top-notch vocals make Nain parindey the best track in the album. Rang daalein works as a high-on-attitude rock number largely due to Suraj Jagan’s powerful vocals. The instrumental piece Born to fly leaves a mark.
With rock as the base for most of the songs, R Anandh delivers an entertaining, engaging album in the mainstream space.
Verdict: Good stuff