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I remember this striking conversation I had with a colleague who opined that Bollywood music has lost its warm touch and intrinsic beauty. Exceedingly commercialized, the music of most recent films cannot qualify as anything remotely beautiful. Though I partly agreed with her with views, my optimistic faith on the contrary has always flourished. Bollywood music though sometimes borders on vulgarity, can still claim to be beautiful for albums like Lootera. With its spectacular soundtrack that captivates you in its stark nostalgic essence, personally left a lingering impression on me. The album has been on the loop for me all day, and I honestly can’t have enough of it. Amit Trivedi and Amitabh Bhattacharya have pooled in their geniuses together to deliver a masterpiece. It is almost like someone has pasted poetry on music, which can be the most stupefying quality of any album.

Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha in a still from Lootera Movie
Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha in a still from Lootera Movie

Sawaar Loon – Lootera Music Review

A romantic ballad out of the 50s, the song sung by Monali Thakur is astonishingly wonderful. Thakur’s heart melting voice is gripping and Amit Trivedi’s tunes and Amitabh Bhattacharya’s heart wrenching lyrics skillfully weaves a wonderful tapestry of music that we can call sheer finesse. The playful drift of Thakur’s voice, is abundant in naivety making the song soulfully innocent.

Ankahee – Lootera Music Review

This song surely travels you back in time. Tender yet powerful, the music is strikingly orchestral in its base. Amitabh Bhattacharya single handedly shoulders the weight of this song and pulls it through with incomparable and impeccable beauty. While you hear this song, a mosaic of myriad emotions will bubble inside you! From the passionate tug of love to the pangs of separation, it is commendable to see one song so finely blend a multitude of such deep feelings. Somber and intense, it is starkly different from the hummable melody of Sawaar Loon.

Shikayatein – Lootera Music Review

The prevailing background music from the trailer that leaves a resounding impact is a piece from this song. Amit Trivedi’s instrumentals in this soundtrack croon louder than its lyrics. With the song having an obstinately haunting impact, Mohan Kanan and Amitabh Bhattacharya teams up to subtly mouth the lyrics. In no way does the words interfere with the musical; not enmeshed in the track, the musical and words are deliberately kept distinct and are hence more beautiful individually.

Monta Re – Lootera Music Review

My ears perked up with this song. Swanand Kirkire whose songs clearly gloat of the man’s rustic appeal has given his playback plethora an unseen dimension with Monta Re. Blending in native Bengali tunes, especially with instruments like Iktara used, the song has heavily referenced Baul music in this track. Adding hints of sweet toothed Bengali words enhance the song’s aura and effect.

Zinda – Lootera Music Review

This track unplugs the best of Amit Trivedi’s playback singing. Unsnapping the pathos of life, Zinda is plain and painful. It almost makes you feels the minute aches of life, yet the morose ambience it builds does not overpower its inherent beauty. I can safely say, Zinda will bring your taste buds in music alive despite the catastrophe it mildly hints at.

Manmarziyan – Lootera Music Review

The cadence of this song sharply resonates. With the enthralling voice of Shilpa Rao working as the track’s stronghold, she is adequately aided by Amit Trivedi and Amitabh Bhattacharya. This song echoes the sheer beauty of the poems Bhattacharya has penned down. For her part, Shilpa Rao is flawless!

The Last Word – Lootera Music Review

As an atom of the audience or as a critic, I couldn’t come across a single flaw to write the album off in any aspect. Amit Trivedi and Amitabh Bhattacharya with this album have perhaps delivered a masterpiece they can live off all their lives. With unconventional semblance, semi classical folksy tunes, the album sets up a poetic backdrop for a period film. Amit Trivedi has the gifted knack in him to entwine flawlessly different tunes and styles, but considering the genre of work as folk classic Amit Trivedi topples all his contemporaries with Lootera! The fascinating lyrics of Amitabh Bhattacharya prove that the impact of words need not be based on innuendos.  Refusing to adhere to any lyrical pattern, there is novelty in his simple melodies. Nothing short of a 4/5 can do justice to Lootera’s album. There is sheer beauty oozing out of every single song in the album, which makes it perhaps one of the most superior and indomitable musical works of recent times!
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