2018 was a packed year for Amit Trivedi, even as he delivered songs for films as diverse in nature as Pad Man, Bhavesh Joshi Superhero, Manmarziyaan, Kedarnath, and of course, Andhadhun. Shriram Raghavan’s crime thriller starring Tabu, Ayushman Khurrana and Radhika Apte had Trivedi dishing out ten songs, with an eleventh one composed by Raftaar and Girish Nakod.
The pick of the lot is Naina Da Kya Kasoor, sung by Trivedi himself. Given the protagonist’s profession, the piano is an integral part of this number. A beautiful piano piece starts off proceedings before the guitars and the drums kick in and make way for the lyrics. Speaking about the lyrics of Naina Da Kya Kasoor, they are significant for their sly and clever lyrics. Here’s a man who is blind (or rather pretending to be blind) mouthing lines like, “Abhi abhi pyaara sa chehra dikha hai.” This can be intentional or unintentional, but knowing the kind of director that Shriram Raghavan is and also going by the tone of the entire film, it’s definitely intentional.
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Aap Se Milkar is the second song from the album. Sung by Abhijeet Srivastava and Aakanksha Sharma, it’s a romantic duet describing the effects of two people meeting for the first time. There has to be a token Arijit Singh song in every album these days, and for Andhadhun, it’s Wo Ladki, a symphonic song that spirals out of control in a moment, and regains composure the other.
Wo Ladki is a sign of everyone involved in its making being on the same page. It has the director’s vision of a conflicted piano player pining for a girl, the music director and lyrics writer’s excellent interpretation of this idea and the disciplined and original singing of a singer who is at the top of his game.
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The next song from Andhahun is Laila Laila, an utterly pleasant number which eases your heart with not just its music but also its lyrics. The way the lines “Mere dil ke, dil ke, dil ke bhi dil mein hai tu,” exudes a cheery vibe that’s hard to explain.
Oh Bhai Re is one of the rare moments in a Shriram Raghavan film when something or someone is looked at from the viewpoint of morality. It argues, “Oh bhai re… Dil hai ki gehri khai re” and also goes on to proclaim, “Dushmani toh muft hai. Bas dosti ki fees hai.” This is another brilliant composition from Amit Trivedi in an album that just refuses to exit our playlists.
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The Andhadhun Title Track is an outsider here, as it’s the only track not composed by Amit Trivedi. It’s a Raftaar and Girish Nakod song, which sounds like a promotional track through and through. It’s not a bad song per se, but it does break the excellent flow of the soundtrack with its rap and dhol filled landscape.
This album has bonus tracks in plenty. There are two atmospheric piano pieces that are played at crucial points in the film and there is even an electronic version of Naina Da Kya Kasoor. The other two tracks give chances to lead actor Ayushmann Khurrana to showcase his singing talent, and he of course, impresses once again. His reprised versions of Aap Se Milkar and Naina Da Kya Kasoor are well executed.
It’s fitting that one of the best – if not the best – films of 2018 got one of the best soundtracks of the year too. With this album and Manmarziyaan, Amit Trivedi has definitely found his form back. Jaideep Sahni’s pinpoint lyrics deserve a huge credit as well for the success of this album.