Ayan Mukherjee turns 39. From his first film to his next, he made only three attempts. Each of them has its own characteristic style of music and mood.
When was the last time you enjoyed an entire movie soundtrack? Or maybe one melody that stuck in your mind. This is not the 90s. Music no longer dominates the content of the film. In fact, the quality of both aspects is at an all-time low. Barring perhaps Mohit Suri, the only director who gets soundtracks for his films is Ayan Mukerji. Mukherjee turns 39 today. From the first film to the next, he made only three attempts. Each of them has its own characteristic style of music and mood.
In his first film Wake Up Sid (2009), the title song only plays for a few seconds as the film’s title appears in block and bold letters and our hero falls asleep trying to prepare for his exams. The remixed version is played at the end, when all conflicts are resolved and Sid has finally awakened, evolved. The same song is used by the director to convey two opposite emotions and personalities of the same boy.
The same for Iktara a song, a charming, poignant melody that touches hearts to this day. There are also two versions of this track, again inserted during opposing conflicts. We first hear this song when Sid and Ayesha (Konkona Sensharma) celebrate the latter’s birthday with bread and jam. It’s cute and nicely done. For the second time during the climax, when Sid realizes his love for Aisha, this time they are separated as the boy she used to know has suddenly become a man. But he returns to the boy she fell in love with. They both embrace each other as the Mumbai Monsoons make the moment more magical and this ballad acts as the icing on the cake. Sorry, the bread that Aisha ate on her birthday.
Mukherjee had a blockbuster on his hands with his second film Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. For all the requisite wake-up call via sermons and fights, this was a more colorful and vibrant film at its craft. There are three dance numbers that live up to the Dharma Productions brand and two soulful tunes reserved for somber moods. There can’t be a Karan Johar movie without a wedding song, a party song and a random song YJHD, gently abbreviated, ticks the boxes with aplomb. The numbers that stand out here Kabir and Divine. Divine is the number that appears right after the interval where Bunny jumps to work and travels somewhere to be who he really is. The location is stunning and so are the lyrics. Lovers and wannabes have already played this number a million times during work trips abroad.
Kabir aka Bunny is the opposite of Sidharth aka Sid. Sid refuses to wake up, Bunny refuses to stay still. He states “Bas rukna nahin chachtaand takes his euphemism quite seriously. As Naina (Deepika Padukone) exits, horrified and reluctant, his face shows fear and regret. Just then Rekha Bhardwaj croons Kabir number in her charming voice. In Hindi cinema, music has always been an unforgettable tool to convey the confusion of characters and Yeh Jawaani Ha Deewani did that too, quite poignantly.
Now Ayan Mukherjee is gearing up to make his biggest Hindi film yet, Brahmastra – Part One. Caesarea is a love ballad directed by Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, newly married. Despite all the saffron color filling the frame, Amitabh Bhattacharya’s creative lyrics that boldly rhyme Caesarea with Love storyattracted the attention of many in social networks.
Of course, this led to a meme-fest, which the developers also liked. It’s great to see a film getting (and enjoying) so much attention for its music after what feels like ages and eons. Now the whole album is coming soon.
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