I start the overall movies roundup for 2017 with the category of Music, which is such an integral part of our cinema but unfortunately 2017 has been a rather disappointing year for hindi film music. There wasn’t any single album that had All breathtaking songs, like we have had from some of the previous years, and I am eagerly awaiting the next magical ‘Lootera’ to come and wow me completely!
From what we had then, the #BestComprehensiveAlbum for the year was Meri Pyaari Bindu, not just because it brought back some of the golden retro songs beautifully embedded as characters within the story, but that it also had some of the best original songs of the year! To me, ‘Maana ki hum yaar nahin’ remained the song of the year by miles, and leaves a lovely after taste every time I go back to it. Sachin Jigar need to get better opportunities to create music like this.
A special shout-out to Pritam for his #StandoutExperimentation lending so much strength and variation to the spectacular musical named Jagga Jasoos. This one had quite a few nice hummable tracks, and sounded fresh and youthful just what the film needed. ‘Dil ullu ka pattha hain’ from the film was also the best choreographed song for me with lovely colors and vibrancy all over. Pritam was also more than decent in the soundtrack of Jab Harry Met Sejal, a film I decided not to watch though, but perhaps did not match up to the music of earlier outings of Imtiaz Ali!
The year made a great mark with #BackgroundScore though, a trend that will only grow as we see more and more content enriched small films being made that has limited scope for full length songs rightfully. Many films excelled with background score whether it was ‘Tumhari Sulu’, ‘Secret Superstar’, ‘Jagga Jasoos’ or ‘Newton’; but the two outstanding credits in this category have to be for Tajdar Junaid for ‘Mukti Bhawan’ and Sagar Desai for ‘Death in the Gunj’. The background music carried forward the narrative in both these films and left a definitive mark in enhancing the overall impact of the films.
The #BiggestMusicalDisappointment for me? Has to be ‘Padmaavati’ from the couple of songs that I heard. Sanjay Leela Bhansali the composer had created some wonderful songs in ‘Bajirao Mastani’, but the Padmaavati songs all sounded flat, they just seemed to have zero elements of Rajasthani folk weaved into them including ‘Ghoomar’.
With that, let us come to some of the #BestPlayback singing that I heard this year. Here are my top picks individually for female and male playback singers and some of the lovely standout numbers from specific films:
1. Parineeti Chopra – Maana ki hum yaar nahin – #MeriPyaariBindu (Sachin Jigar)
2. Nikita Gandhi – Main woh ghar hoon tera – #JabHarryMetSejal (Pritam)
3. Shashaa Tirupati – Kanha maane na – #ShubhMangalSavdhan (Tanishk Vayu)
4. Ronkini Gupta – Kuchh tune si hain maine ki hain rafu – #TumhariSulu (Santanu Ghatak)
5. Meghna Mishra – Main nachdi phira – #SecretSuperstar (Amit Trivedi)
6. Madhushree Bhattacharya – Kanha so ja zara – #Baahubali2 (MM Kreem)
1. Sonu Nigam – Maana ki hum yaar nahin – #MeriPyaariBindu (Sachin Jigar)
2. Ayushmann Khurrana – Tu nazm nazm sa mere – #BareillyKiBarfi (Arko)
3. Tushar Joshi – Main musafir banoon – #JaggaJasoos (Pritam)
4. Atif Aslam – Kya kahein jaane de – #QareebQareebSinglle (Vishal Mehra)
5. A.R. Rahman – O sona tere liye – #Mom (AR Rehman)
6. Arijit Singh – Le jaaye jane kaha hawayein – #JabHarryMetSejal (Pritam)
When it comes to #BengaliCinema, my musical pick of the year is ‘Ekla ekla’ by Shreya Ghoshal from #ChhayaOChhobi’ ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-FIppDl9SQ ) as the best song, as well as the lovely background score in #SahajPatherGappo’.
And of course, heart goes out to the Late Kalikaprasad Bhattacharjee and his brilliant soundscape of #Bisorjon – that transports to a rustic world instantly…
So – that is what I crooned to this year! What were your favorites and dismissals? Please share