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Producer Vikram Bhatt is back with 1920 – Evil Returns, a quasi-sequel to his earlier flick 1920. It is expected that music from the Bhatt camp has to be passionate and emotional. Their trademark style is embellished in all their movies and this one is no different, more so with the film belonging to the horror thriller genre. The makers have chosen Chirantan Bhatt, music director of Haunted, to do the needful and just like some fabulous music that he had composed there; he repeats the act this time around as well.

Aftab Shivdasani and Tia Bajpai in a still from 1920 - Evil Returns Movie
Aftab Shivdasani and Tia Bajpai in a still from 1920 - Evil Returns Movie

1920 – Evil Returns Music Review: Apnaa Mujhe Tu Lagaa

Album begins with Sonu Nigam’s ever-stylish melodious voice as he renders Apnaa Mujhe Tu Lagaa. It’s a solo track that begins on a high note and instantly makes you like it. Even the middle portions have good poetry by Shakeel Azmi which keeps the listener glued. This song sets the tone for the album and initiates Bhatt style of music to flow.

1920 – Evil Returns Music Review: Uska Hi Banana

Arijit Singh is riding high after the success of Sanwali Si Raat [Barfi!] and delivers another treat in the form of Uska Hi Banana in this album. His bottomless voice with the music creates wonders in the track. Music here is very passionate and conveys emotions ardently in the track. Junaid Wasi has lent attractive lyrics which suits the song’s mood. This is one of those compositions which would stay on with you even after the album is over as it has it in it to make you hear it again and again on those lonely moments.

1920 – Evil Returns Music Review: Jaavedaan Hai

After Arijit Singh it is KK who makes a high note entry in the album through Jaavedaan Hai. This makes it a hat trick for the lovelorn passionate solo tracks in the album. Each one of it has its own depth and is adorned with great voice. Sussane Demello is vocally visible with her voice and helps in accentuating the effect of the song. Shakeel Azmi’s lyrics are apt which manage to settle with the music and atmosphere of the album.

1920 – Evil Returns Music Review: Khud Ko Tere

By this time one realizes that this is a male dominated album though Mahalaskshmi Iyer does come to fore with Khud Ko Tere which arrives next. This song changes the tempo and mood of the album. Till now, each of the other tracks had modern/urban instruments and rhythm; however this one takes you back to the time of 90s and early 2000. This one has a very Nadeem-Shravan style to it and lyrics by Shakeel Azmi make you believe so as well. Only those who still follow that style of music from the era gone by would be okay to find this one in the middle of an album that otherwise carried a very today’s style.

1920 – Evil Returns Music Review: Majboor Tu Bhi Kahin

Amit Mishra concludes the album with Majboor Tu Bhi Kahin with which a listener is back in the earlier space that had been created by Chirantan. The track has very minimalist background soft music and grows while also bringing Amit’s voice in the forefront. Manoj Yadav’s lyrics are dripping in sorrow and Amit’s vocals do justice to that.

1920 – Evil Returns Music review: The Last Word

Overall, there are five tracks in the album and out of that four depict and portray a similar kind of emotion in different voices. Though all of them have their own highs, for those looking for variety the soundtrack may become a little heavy due to similar space and setting. Musically though, Chirantan Bhatt has given some really good tracks and now one looks forward to what the composer has to offer in films which require much more varied emotions through its songs.



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