Last year, the producer-director team of John Abraham and Shoojit Sircar had packed a solid punch with the runaway success of their maiden collaboration Vicky Donor. Now the same team returns with the political espionage thriller Madras Cafe. The album features four original compositions and four instrumental pieces set to tune by Shantanu Moitra.
Sun le re is a soothing number that’s tailor-made for singer Papon. His gorgeous, restrained vocals are the highlight of this sombre song. Moitra intersperses this mellow composition with brilliant bits of guitar and the sarangi, making it a pleasant listening experience. The reprise version of the same song is more rock-based and not as appealing as the original.
Zeb, one part of the talented Pakistani pop group Zeb & Haniya, makes a wonderful debut to Bollywood with Ajnabee. The unplugged nature of this delightful composition allows the focus to stay entirely on Zeb’s charming voice. This romantic ballad is slow and lingers after you have heard it.
Moitra blends sounds from the guitar, piano and violin skillfully in Khud se, a poignant song sung beautifully by Papon. Tapadia’s lyrics are both touching and noteworthy. The album features four music pieces – Madras Cafe Theme, Conspiracy, Entry to Jaffna and the Title Theme. Of the lot, Conspiracy, featuring Monali Thakur, impresses with its Middle Eastern flavour.
The soundtrack of Madras Cafe doesn’t feature sappy duets or item numbers but stays true to the theme of the film. The songs are likely to be best enjoyed while watching the film.
Verdict: Niche but good.