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One expects a lot from English Vinglish directed by the debutant director Gauri Shinde that marks the comeback of yesteryear’s Goddess of screen – Sridevi. Amit Trivedi composes music who, along with his team of vocalists and lyricist (Swanand Kirkire), has come up with a fine piece of work which deserves an acknowledgement.

Sridevi with cast in English Vinglish Movie Stills
Sridevi with cast in English Vinglish Movie Stills

English Vinglish Music Review: Dhak Dhuk

The album begins with a soothing solo track ‘Dhak Dhuk’, which is a nice piece of melody in the splendor vocals of Amit himself. This one is a soft outing that touches deep into the heart with a smooth orchestra further complimenting the sound of flute. Lyrics penned by Swanand Kirkire are superb as they contribute to make this composition all more noticeable.

English Vinglish Music Review: Manhattan

Manhattan’ by Clinton Cerejo and Bianca Gomes begins with a few dialogues by Sridevi that visualizes this ever-so-busy city. A fast track delivered on high notes, it doesn’t quite turn out to be a memorable outing although Bianca does deserve an acknowledgement for her work. Lyrics by Swanand very well justify the theme of the track, though overall ‘Manhattan’ doesn’t create the kind of excitement that was expected.

English Vinglish Music Review: Gustak Dil

Next to arrive is a solo track in the vocals of Shilpa Rao. Soft arrangements are well supported with a remarkable use of guitar that makes ‘Gustak Dil’ an emotional outing which is pretty much in contrast to the preceding songs. A pleasing track, this experiment by Amit with a touch of rock has been well sung by Shilpa.

English Vinglish Music Review: Navraji Majhi

‘Navraji Majhi’ is a nice song in the vocals of Sunidhi Chauhan and Neelambri Kirkire with Amit joining in as well. A lovely outing that marks the celebration of a traditional Marathi wedding with lovely appeal of happiness and joy, this one is a gift for ears. One aspect that makes this track even more appreciable are Sunidhi’s vocals that surely deserve more than one hear.

English Vinglish Music Review: English Vinglish

The album ends with the title track ‘English Vinglish’ which is a superb peppy composition by Amit in the vocals of Shilpa Rao. The charisma of her voice can be felt right through the track as it compliments well with the upbeat arrangements. Amit does well in creating the right ambience for this song that is full on ‘masti’ with shades of ecstasy, bliss and happiness. This track has a ‘male version’ as well with Amit Trivedi coming behind the mike. While it is quite similar to the female version, it is the latter that dominates the proceedings.

English Vinglish Music Review: The Last Word

Overall the music of the album is good with varied shades of emotions that include colors of celebration and ‘masti’. Despite lacking a commercial chartbuster, the album still does well in holding your attention with Swanand Kirkire’s lyrics aptly supporting compositions by Amit Trivedi.

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