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I was randomly browsing through things and came across the "Fitoor" trailer. I wasn't paying much attention to it until the music made me stop and take notice. I knew right then that I was going to be treated to some good music. "Great Expectations" being one of my favorite books, I was really looking forward to this very Indian adaptation of that great story with some of the strongest characters ever written. I think Amit captures the quirk and the passion in the tale really well and that shows in the trailer and other material that has been put out.
From what I understand, two songs are out there for a hear and dekko...so my review is limited to these two songs. I will keep updating this post as I hear more.
First, the music is very layered. I think that is the word that comes to mind. I can catch hints of pain, struggle, heartbreak, romance, passion, drama, nostalgia, and of course quirk. All of this set to lilting tunes (see what I did there!)
Yeh Fitoor Mera - the song's got a great tempo. It is very ably supported by Arijit Singh and the lyricist (trying to figure out who it is). Easily one of my favorite songs from the album. Amit has the unique talent of contrasting his music with elements. His music has a balance of old and new, bold and subtle, rhythm and chaos, loudness and stillness. This song is a mixture of all of those and some more.
Pashmina - I was drawn by the word "Pashmina". There is a trick to using complex words in a song without seeming like you are trying to hard. This one achieves that balance. Some other songs that have attempted that have failed spectacularly. Amit Trivedi's voice sounds amazing and fresh. Similar to his other songs but also slightly more evolved. I have to mention that the video for this song is extremely distracting to the point that the song and the video become one. I don't know if the song is amplifying the experience of watching the video or if the performance is enhancing the song. But I think that is the ultimate goal, no? The song takes off soulfully from the intro to the bridge to the verses in a smooth flow.
I am always listening to individual songs from an album to see how they all contribute to the overall theme of the film, while standing apart as individual songs. These two have met that criteria so far. Cannot wait for the other ones!