Rating: 3/5 Stars (Three stars)

Music Director/s: Amit Trivedi

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Bombay Velvet starring Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Karan Johar in the lead roles is a period drama. Amit Trivedi takes the mantle to re-create the bygone era with his music and the 14 track album is filled with the vintage feel.

Anushka Sharma and Ranbir Kapoor in a still from movie 'Bombay Velvet'
Anushka Sharma and Ranbir Kapoor in a still from movie ‘Bombay Velvet’

Bombay Velvet Music Review – Mohabbat Buri Bimari

The song comes in three different versions and all have their own charm. While Neeti Mohan’s Mohabbat Buri Beemari is slow and bouncy, it gives the feeling of sitting in a Jazz club smoking on cigars and the feel that you have just stepped into the 50s. Her voice is tailor made for Jazz and Amit Trivedi shows his brilliance at not just using the right instruments but also choosing the perfect voice. The second version of the song has been sung by Shefali Alvares, which is more like a continuation to the first one but yet again with Shefali’s voice it shines even more. The third version has been composed by Mickey Mcleary and that has already become quite popular. Shalmali Kholgade’s Mohabbart Buri Beemari remix will certainly become your favorite too.

Bombay Velvet Music Review – Tommy Gun

Tommy Gun is an instrumental number. Its avante garde nature only adds our excitement to see it on screen.

Bombay Velvet Music Review – Aam Hindustani

The Bombay Velvet soundtrack is full of the vintage Jazz flavor. Aam Hindustani starts off with a musical piece. It is pure instrumentation that sets the mood for the first two minutes and later we hear the gorgeous voice of Shefali Alvares who enthralls us with her singing. The lyrics are interesting but it is the musical arrangements that are the show stealer for this track. A perfect retro feel!

Bombay Velvet Music Review – Ka Kha Gha

This one is a brilliant musical score. The song kicks off with a saxophone which reminds you quite a lot of the Arre Re Arre song from Dil Toh Pagal Hai although post that, the song takes a quite an opposite turn. Sung by Neeti Mohan, she brings the perfect laze and pace of Jazz in her singing. The song has a relaxed feel to it and that itself is its highlight.

Bombay Velvet Music Review – Dhadaam Dhadaam

This is another strongest tracks from the album. With a good blend of Jazz and Opera, the song is a complete entertainer. It picks up its pace and  the line ‘Dhadam Dhadam’ actually turns out to be a full ‘Dhoom Dhadaka’. The song blends well with the overall nature of the album.

Bombay Velvet Music Review – Naak Pe Gussa

Naak Pe Gussa seems more like a situational number considering its lyrics. The musical arrangements are quite the same as rest of the songs and this would remind you of Geeta Dutt’s classic club numbers. Neeti Mohan is once again at the mike and this soundtrack is like a treat for her fans considering she gets a huge opportunity with this film. She had lent her voice for Anushka Sharma in Jiya Re from Jab Tak Hai Jaan and thanks to its popularity it seems, Anushka’s character of Jazz singer gets Neeti’s vocals.

Bombay Velvet Music Review – Sylvia

Sylvia turns out to be a disappointing track from the album. Even though it blends well with the album, the lyrics don’t work well and it falls flat compared to the rest of the songs. Hopefully it has some significance in the film.

Bombay Velvet Music Review – Darbaan

Darbaan is the only male-sung track in the entire album. Papon gets the opportunity to croon this somber number. Trivedi once again maintains the feel of the album and this song comes as a refreshment after listening to Neeti Mohan and Shefali Alvares.

Bombay Velvet Music Review – Shut Up

Shefali Alvares once again comes with a peppy track in the album. Shut Up is upbeat and fun to hear. After Darbaan, this one brings back the jazz and blues feel to the album. Not one of the best tracks from the album but makes up for a good one-time hear.

Bombay Velvet Music Review – Behroopia

Mohit Chauhan is one singer who can make any song a fabulous number with his voice. Behroopia has amazing lyrics and even the composition is quite beautiful. This is a necessary romantic track in the album since others are club numbers which may form the background in the film’s story.

Bombay Velvet Music Review – The Bombay Velvet Theme

After giving nine amazing tracks, Amit Trivedi shows his expertise at plain instrumental tracks. The track is somber and emotes pain. The theme is expected to come at a crucial point in the film.

Bombay Velvet Music Review – Conspiracy

This three minute long theme is truly conspiring. Of course this is completely situational and it is difficult to decipher its meaning without watching the film.

Bombay Velvet Music Review – The Last Word

The Bombay Velvet album is true to its theme – a complete vintage treat. Amit Trivedi does a damn good job at re-creating the 50s era and the Jazz is truly a masterpiece. I am going with a  3/5 for this album.

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