Indian cinema is constantly taking a step down with its music these days. Occasional releases by A.R. Rehman or Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy are the only things that seem to be the saving grace of Bollywood music. Amongst the Himesh-overload there, Ek Chalis Ki Last Local proves that we still have some originality left instead of providing rehashed tunes.
Six different composers combine to provide one hell of fresh and absolutely hatke album. The six composers that dare to be different are Tknow Frankcorsi, Sandesh Shandiliya, Aqeel, Sanjeev, Xulfi and Ankur. Names you don’t recognize? Yes, they are neither your average composers nor the names that you see rolling on every other CD cover. No doubt, they should be more recognised. Ek Chalis Ki Last Local provides a variety of freshness from relaxing tunes to disco. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the magic of having six unique composers combine for one awesome album. This tactic desperately needs to be adopted by more filmmakers!
The best track of the album would have to be Xulfi’s Laree Choote, for which he has composed the music and written the lyrics. Supported by beautiful dialogues by Abhay Deol, this new age track talks soulfully about life. Without a doubt, the beauty of this number is the lyrics and the merging of Abhay and Xulfi’s voices. Often, dialogues in songs tend not to agree with the singer’s voice. Laree Choote defies this and turns out exceptionally well. If you’re the kind of person that requires a lot of adrenaline in your songs, coupled with fantastic lyrics, check out the Laree Choote Remix mixed by DJ Suketu and Aks.
Panga sung by Alisha Chinoy and Sonu Nigam is probably the second track that stands out. With music by Aqeel and Sanjeev and lyrics by Mehboob, it’s a very youthful number with as young music and lyrics. Sonu Nigam seems to be becoming a rarity these days, and Panga is a must-listen for all Sonu fans!
For all Anoushka fans (of Golmaal fame), Akh is one hell of a hatke track for you! It boasts of outstanding music by Tknow Frankcoursi. The track comes in two versions, the first being a dance version, and the second a film version sung by Reshmi. Both are as outstanding.
Ekka Chauka would have to be the most bizarre track in the album. Sandesh Shandiliya has composed, written (with Mehboob) and sung for this song, accompanied for vocals by Alisha Chinoy. Let’s hope it makes more sense after watching the movie.
The last track is titled Bheegi Seeli Si and is composed by Ankur and ranjit Barot. It’s not as exciting as the rest, but once again has outstanding music. The vocals are provided by Ankur.
Overall, Ek Chalis Ki Last Local provides the much-needed break from repetitive and stale soundtracks we’ve been forced to hear for months. The efforts of six composers accompanied by a few remixers and arrangers create a worthy album.
If you are a person who doesn’t like the average Bollywood soundtrack and enjoyed soundtracks like Bluffmaster, Ek Chalis Ki Last Local is a must-listen for you.