Listen Up : Kaafiron Ki Namaaz

 

I came across Kaafiron Ki Namaaz when I saw the novel poster of the movie floating around on Facebook. No actors on the poster, just an outline of a young boy enveloping the characters and setting of the movie. Seemed like a movie about confrontations, introspection and maybe as most movies about Kashmir – about lost innocence. The trailer is very vague about the movie as well and leaves one wondering whether there is any scope for songs in the movie. The music of the movie came as a pleasant surprise and with a few songs to take away. The music makes no bold attempts at fusing genres or anything. Whatever stands out overall is purely on the merits of the melodies composed by Advait Nemlekar which careers the soundtrack forward.

Lets start with Sawaalon Ki Godh Mein.

Najim Arshad croons in his classically tinged smooth voice on this one. There is a melancholy in the voice as he sings “Ise Sone Do, Ise Rehne Do”. A rather gloomy song dissuading us from trying to unearth the truth. A call to stay blissfully ignorant in a cover of lies. A wailing sarangi accompanies Najim in his endeavour. The song is taken forward by a layer of vocals that swirls around the voice and sarangi pair. The song rises to a crescendo aided by a gentle tabla rhythm and violins and trails off into silence as Najim’s voice takes you to the abyss that lays in the lies that the character of the movie are probably in. It is one of those songs you wish would linger on longer than their duration as you sway and nod your head gently to it.

Up Next is the mysteriously titled Yeh Raat Mona Lisa.

This is an easily likable jazz-pop number. Usha Uthup tackles the vocals head on with the confidence of a diva that she is. Comparisons with the recently released Muskanein Jhooti Hain from Talaash are inevitable but while that had a haunting sound interrupting it in between, this one embodies more drama in it with the constant conversation with a man with the hushed voice.

Besides the scatting, drum rolls, and saxophone that lend the song its jazz legitimacy are elements like sounds of an ostrich’s squeak that indicate how the music of the movie stays more faithful to the narrative of the movie than try to fit in any genre. The lyrics suggest mocking an ostrich for its inability to fly. The ostrich better be an allegory for something else or I would simply have to accept the fact that I like a song about an ostrich.

Next in queue is Jhalkiyan Hain. There are two versions of the song. I prefer the one by Harshdeep Kaur and Vikas Ambhore.

Harshdeep’s bold voice is accompanied by a rhythm guitar as the main instrument. The short guitar intro that serves as a motif throughout the song ends up as an earworm. Vikas Ambhore lends the uplifting hookline the power and smoothness that it needs. Overall a hummable song that armed with an acoustic guitar would make for a good song to sing along.

That’s it for today. Hope you enjoy it. See you soon.

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