Over the years, we have observed Gujarati filmmakers evolving in expressions. This evolution brought about opportunities for music directors to compose new melodies and songs suiting their ideas.
The songs/albums that were released recently fit the trend and change perfectly. Here are their reviews.
The 17-minute album of the movie, Hungama House, comprises of four songs, each expressing a different emotion. The first song of the album, Mithi Mithi Vat Che, was sung by Palak Mucchal and Farhad. A beautiful romantic number with well-written lyrics describes love and the meaning it holds for the two lovers.
A dance number by Garba queen, Falguni Pathak, along with Osman Mir, Tari Mari Preet Jane adds a vibrant flavour of Raas Garba. It surely has the potential of being one of the favourite songs in Navratri this year. Like many other popular folk songs, the lyrics of the song, to some extent, also compares the love between two people to that of what Krishna had for Radha. This formula isn’t novel and has been used before even to make commercial songs, but fans seem to enjoy and connect with it.
The remaining two songs are sung by Nakash Aziz and Tarannum, but do not offer anything special or memorable. You might tend to ignore these songs, as they don’t captivate your attention, and some might find it annoying to listen, as the composition is fairly poor in comparison to the other two songs.
Montu Ni Bittu
The movie, Montu Ni Bittu, comes with six songs spanning over 20 minutes. The songs from the film have been sung by popular names like Aishwarya Majmudar, Parthiv Gohil, Dhvanit Thakkar and others. The album has an assortment of songs which reflects the composer’s experimentation with different genres of music.
Montu Ni Bittu, as an album, is a mixed bag, where one would also find a devotional song Parthiv Gohil, along with a romantic number by Aishwarya Majmudar, an emotional folk (wedding) song by Nutan Surti, and others.
Mehul Surti’s understanding of percussions sets the album apart. If close attention is paid, within the six different songs, the use of different instruments has been integral in adding flavour to them.
The devotional track has a prominent use of dhol, while the wedding song Gholu Gholu emotes well with the right use of shehnai, flute and dhol. While many may not find this any special, the importance of such Indian instruments makes the album standout in various ways despite the not-so-extraordinary lyrics.
Dariyo – Jigar Saraiya
Sachin-Jigar is a well-acclaimed music composer duo who over the years, has brought a dynamic shift in the Gujarati music industry. Although the industry is known for its ‘unusually-liked’ single, Sachin-Jigar have added their magic, making this space, their own.
Jigar Saraiya, of the duo, released his single Dariyo recently, and the song has been well-received by fans and audience. The lyrics have been written by Priya Saraiya, which is fairly good with the capacity to impress the young audience. Her writing is rather metaphorical where she draws a comparison between a sea and love referring to the behaviour of the characters.
Jigar’s voice offers a distinctive tonality, which he is often heard making the most of in his compositions (with reference to the ones composed for coke studio or unplugged).
To sum it up, Dariyo may not stand out as a song, but certainly has a “feel-good” factor which is good enough for many to listen to on a loop.
Baby Taro Babu – Vinay Nayak
Singles in the Gujarati music market is a perpetual phenomenon which might be deemed cringe-worthy outside of Gujarat, however local labels, release such songs thereby carving their own niche space.
This trend has also brought a flood of opportunities for many who want to pen and sing their own songs. Vinay Nayak’s recent release Baby Taro Babu, composed by Dhaval Kapadiya, is one such number.
It manages to make the listeners angry, laugh and cringe at the same time.
The song is sung in local Gujarati dialect. The song talks about a boy’s love for his girlfriend in an explanatory manner. It can be relatable to many, however, it lacks appeal.
The makers of the song might dream to make it big within the State with this song, the success even in smaller pockets of Gujarat will hopefully satisfy them. But such an achievement, especially for such compositions, could definitely come as a surprise to many established composers.