Ajay and Atul Gogavale composed the chart-stopping soundtrack of Sairat earlier in 2016, but they are not done yet.
The brothers have turned producers with the October 7 release Jaundya Na Balasaheb (2016), writer and actor Girish Kulkarni’s directorial debut. The soundtrack has five songs with lyrics by the composers, Vaibhav Joshi and Rooh.
The album gets off to an electrifying start with the uproarious sound of Dolby Walya, which is both alarming and addictive. How do the composers find the balance? What happens to the metronome recording tempo in the studio? It sounds like one half of Ajay-Atul turned up the volume while the Gogavale brother ensured that the unhinged energy has a rhythm on which to rely.
The percussion-led Dolby Walya, sung by Nagesh Morwekar and rapper Earl Edgar, is an audacious follow-up to the foot-tapping spirit of Zingaat from Sairat. The composers have written the folksy lyrics and have mixed it with electronic beats and a shrill chorus. The track moves into a trance-like state towards the end, mashing folk and disco sounds and sampling the signature tune of Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011). Dolby Walya is the next full-blast dance number to willfully surrender to after Zingaat.
The chimerical world of Mona Darling begins with a chirrupy chorus and lively piano chords. Suman Sridhar leads the vocals, followed by a great set of jazz instruments. The mood then shifts into a waltz where Shreya Ghoshal and Sonu Nigam are accompanied by an ambient score. Kunal Ganjawalla arrives for the final flourish, giving it the horns-and-pipes crescendo it deserves. The lyrics are by Vaibhav Joshi.
Vaat Disu De is similar in composition to Sairat Zaala Ji, backed by an orchestra, a folk melody and Ajay Gogavale leading the vocals along with Yogita Godbole and chorus. It is a mellow tune with grand sweeps of violins, flutes and other percussive instruments. The lyrics are by Rooh. The second song sung by Ajay Gogavale is Bring It On, yet another manic hook-and-rhythm jamboree of folk and electronic beats.
Ajay Gogavale excels in Gondhal, where a robust chorus is in perfect sync with the cymbals that accompany traditional Marathi devotional music. The seamless fusion of Indian melodies with Western arrangements is quickly becoming idiomatic of the Gogavale brothers’ style. The popularity and peculiarity of their tunes are proof that nobody whips up a frenzy like them.