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Omkara's music rocks

By Sukanya Verma
Last updated on: July 12, 2006 18:46 IST
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Chath par aakar gid baithe
Aur parnalon se khoon bahe
Kaun gira hai? Kaun kata hai?
Kismah dum hai? Kaun kahe?
Chakke chut gaye dushman ke
Dharti maange chutkara

Intense and profound are the keywords of filmmaker and composer Vishal Bharadwaj's latest offering, as his fascination with The Bard continues.

His earlier Maqbool was an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Macbeth. His newest, Omkara, is inspired from Othello.

Scheduled for a July 28 release, Omkara features an impressive line up of actors like Ajay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan, Viveik Oberoi, Kareena Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Konkana Sen and Naseeruddin Shah.

Set against the rural heartland of Uttar Pradesh, Omkara's soundtrack reflects this flavour fittingly.

What makes the soundtrack of Omkara unique is that every song is a story or emotion, not a mere filler or excuse for running across mustard fields.

A still from OmkaraSukhwinder Singh dramatically introduces you to the dread and glory of 'sabse bade ladiya' (the greatest warrior) Omkara with such magnificence that you cannot help but fall hook, line and sinker for the thumping grandeur of this performance. You tend to play the song over and over again before moving onto the next track.

Even as you recover from the repeat value of the title track, the music director thrusts you with the velvety and mellifluous O saathi re. Sung by Bharadwaj himself along with Shreya Ghosal, this romantic duet does justice to Gulzar's poetry.

Trust the veteran lyricist to turn coarse into earthy. Beedi is a case in point. His colourful lyrics -- kitni sardi hai kisika lihaal layile, jaa padosi ke chulhe ki aag layile -- engross you with their uninhibited, rustic mischief. Coupled with Vishal's flamboyance and Sunidhi Chauhan and Sukhwinder Singh's fiery rendition, Beedi lights the fire good and proper.

It is always a pleasure to notice Suresh Wadkar's name on the album back cover. The songster justifies his presence in the wake-up lullaby, Jag ja. Layered with tender flute, subtle piano and dreamy verse, Jag ja has the air of untainted innocence and loving indulgence.

Simmering and gaudy, Namak is Rekha Bharadwaj's teasing ode to love. Based on classical music, although a tad overdone in arrangement, this raunchy song is too loud for its own good.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan waxes eloquent on deception through the metaphor of a woman's eyes. A smouldering creation, Naina articulates the theme of Omkara – jealousy and suspicion.

Burning heartache is echoed through the gloomy and forlorn Laakad. Rekha Bharadwaj is excellent again.

The album concludes on an expectedly dark note with the instrumental The tragedy of Omkara. Grim and intimidating, Bharadwaj sets the tone for a catastrophic finale.

To put it plainly, Omkara rocks!
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