Kahaani Music Review: Shotti Katha
Remember last year’s drubber Da-da-da-da-dilli? (No One Killed Jessica) This year its Aami Shotti Bolchi…Kolkata you’re sexy, which is Kahaani’s jet-landing screechy arrival song.
What’s common to these two city odes? Bidda Balan!
Kolkata’s nightclub chanteuse Usha Uthup amps up this jazz-heavy metal number with apocalyptic lines miming the present socio-economic rut of the city. ‘Strong hai, powerful hai, phir bhi lachaar hai…bilkul naya hai phir bhi beete kal mein giraftaar hain.’
It’s a wake up call Kolkata, ekdum shotti bolchi.
Javed Bashir’s Piya Tu Kaahe Rootha is classical-rock fusion in the league of Ra.One’s Bhare Naina also composed by Vishal-Shekhar. The gamak (or say Hindustani word-rap) in the intro/end is siphoned from the other Bashir song, Tere Jiya Ho Jisda recorded some years ago with Bally Sagoo.
The title track, Kahaani, in two versions, by KK and Shreya Ghoshal – a sort of city ballad is sepia-tinted in KK’s pop style. Shreya does a recital with a guitar accompaniment which feels closer home.
Sukhwinder Singh gets Tore Bina which sounds like the kind of song Rahat Fateh Ali Khan should be singing. A little less acoustics perhaps, this song feels cluttered. What about Shafqat Amanat Ali singing this? Nevermind.
Senior Bachchan covers Ekla Cholo Re in a gospel version. Previously also sung by Kishore Kumar who’s done it with little heft in voice, unlike sir Bachchan, whose throw is what gets this road song tumbling. Loud is how Bollywood gets us to chirp along it appears.
Vishal-Shekhar give us a glimpse of what is to come from kooky Kolkata in this film soundtrack. In other news, there’s a director called Q. He’s made a Bengali film that should not be named. The music is on youtube. You know the rest of the kahaani.