Music Review – Gangs Of Wasseypur – 2
Rating: 3/5 stars (Three- stars)
After the success of ‘Hunter’ and ‘Womaniya’ amongst others, composer Sneha Khanwalkar and lyricist Varun Grover are back with the songs of ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur-2’. The expectation has been set ever since the first part itself and listeners can’t be expecting anything exceptionally different. However, since there are 13 tracks, one can still look for a variation in music and lyrics.
Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 Music Review: Chi Cha-Ledar
Sneha opens the album with a fusion of techno with desi beats track ‘Chi Cha-Ledar’. Lyrics are close to the rural belt in UP- Bihar with a mix of English words lending their own touch. Varun has been able to catch the essence through his words which leads to an interesting mix that grows on the listener. Icing on the cake is the singer Durga who is barely 12 years old and has delivered a funky track which definitely calls for attention.
Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 Music Review: Kaala Rey
‘Kaala Rey’ is an interesting and an unusual track which actually turns out to be pretty charming. Music adds a melancholic note to the track and it moves forward while creating an eerie atmosphere. It’s a theme-based track that would be able to expose the emotions and sentiments of the scene and the protagonist. Sung by Sneha with good support from the chorus, this one is an unusual track that one rarely gets to hear in Hindi movies.
Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 Music Review: Electric Piya
Rasika D Rani takes the album forward with ‘Electric Piya’. Though the title compliments the sentiments of the protagonist in a very basic manner with the use of rural and regional language, overall the song does not impress much. Also, there is a fusion version for the same and though it works better then the original, none of them really manage to throw a punch.
Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 Music Review: Taar Bijli
Album paces ahead with ‘Taar Bijli’. Sung by Padamshree Sharda Sinha, it’s a song, which takes you back to small town ladies sangeet evenings where there are vocals interspersed with ‘dholak’ beats. Overall though this one too is quite average and does not offer anything extraordinary to the listener other than the colloquial lyrics that draw some attention.
Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 Music Review: Bahut Khoob
Experimentation continues in the next track as well. Titled ‘Bahut Khoob’, this one is sung by the ‘Kids of Mushar Village’. The song only has some sounds amalgamated with bare minimum words. There is another version titled ‘Bahut Khoob- 8 bit’ which is not very different from the original other than addition of some robotic sound. Hopefully the director has some reason to include these in the album!
Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 Music Review: Aabroo
Piyush Mishra and Bhupesh Singh make an entry in the album through ‘Aabroo’, which tries to get the listener back to some normal music. Sneha has used street play mechanism for this composition which does work to an extent. It’s not a track that you would hum though on screen it can be expected to make a very good impact.
Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 Music Review: Perpendicular Theme and Tunya
Instrumentals are a tricky business and Sneha masters the art not with one but as many as two of them – ‘Perpendicular- Theme’ and ‘Tunya’. They are nothing but an assortment of different sounds which works on the creative level but hardly promises anything as standalone tracks.
Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 Music Review: Moora
‘Moora’ takes the album forward in its own unusual way. Bihari zone sees some soothing Caribbean interspersion that could well attract a listener. It’s the only song in this album which comes closest to a traditional Bollywood music. Sneha takes control and tries to woo the listener with her voice. There is another version of this song, ‘Moora-Morning’, which is a little faster than the original and with additional sounds. However it’s the original that impresses the listener more.
Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 Music Review: Keh Ke Loonga
Album ends with an abbreviated ‘KKL’ which all GOW watchers are familiar with as ‘Keh Ke Loonga’. While this has anyways become a cult song for many out there, Sneha further plays with sounds and comes up with a fascinating mix. There are just a few words in the track but it’s the style in which they are sung that creates a heady mix, hence drawing a listener towards it all over again.
Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 Music Review: The Last Word
Overall, music of ‘Gangs of Wasseypur – 2’ carries forward the flavor of the first part. However, while there were heady sparks like ‘Hunter’ and ‘Womaniya’ among others in the first album, a similar effect is missing in this one. Though one did appreciate the creativity and unusualness in the first part, things tend to go a little out of hands this time around. Hopefully, that does not turn out to be the case with the film.