2016 yearender

Bollywood in 2016: The best soundtracks belonged to Pritam

With three solo scores under his belt, he never missed a beat all year round.

At the recently held Star Screen Awards, composer Pritam picked up the Best Music Director trophy for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. All upcoming award shows are likely to follow the same route, honouring him for an incredible year in film music that saw one hit song after another.

With three solo soundtracks (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Dishoom, Dangal) and a guest composition (Bas Itni Si Baat in Azhar), the prolific composer did not miss a beat in 2016 and kept listeners glued to his tracks all year round. How did the other composers fare in the face of such stiff competition?

Play
‘Dangal’ jukebox.

Pritam kicked up a storm in the wrestling pit that is the setting for Dangal, Nitesh Tiwari’s biopic of Mahavir Singh Phogat.

The infectious, playful tune of Haanikaarak Bapu (Harmful father) in the tingling voices of Manganiyar child folk artistes Sarwar Khan and Sartaz Khan Barna was made even more special by Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics. His use of chaste Hindi words such as “balak” (boy) to rhyme with “vahan chalak” (motor driver) is as giggle-inducing as the song’s apt setting in the film’s rural milieu.

Raftaar’s girl-power rap in Dhaakad (Strong) was a nice twist to the otherwise male testosterone-driven hip-hop sounds where women are commodified in lyrics. The title track in Daler Mehndi’s rallying voice sounded like a sports commentator reporting mud-pit mayhem as the chorus repeats the battle cry refrain, “Re lath gaad doon, re jaada paar doon” (I will bury my club, will dispel winter away). The wedding song Idiot Banna, in the throaty vocals of Jyoti and Sultana Nooran, had the same sort of mad energy that rocked Banno (Tanu Weds Manu Returns, 2015). However, Jonita Gandhi’s cutesy Gilehriyan and Arijit Singh’s Naina were standard Bollywood tunes.

Play
‘Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo’.

Even more special than the music of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil was the post-release deluxe edition soundtrack featuring the sensuous version of the famed Fayyaz Hashmi-written nazm, Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo. Sung by Shilpa Rao, it was filmed on Saba (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) guiding Ayan (Ranbir Kapoor) into her bedroom. Pritam’s techno-sound layered over Rao’s breathless vocals has an ethereal effect and shows his mastery with fusion. Pritam delivered no less than five chartbusters emerging from this soundtrack: Bulleya, The Breakup Song, Cutiepie, Channa Mereya and the title song. Each one is an indubitable winner.

Play
‘Dishoom’ jukebox.

Rohit Dhawan’s comedy-tinged action thriller Dishoom had some nifty tunes that suited the genre. The spunky Toh Dishoom, pitting rapper Raftaar against the folksy Shahid Mallya, and the techno-Arabic mix of Sau Tarah Ke made the requisite noise on the dance floor. Ishqa was reminiscent of Shikdum (Dhoom, 2004), which was in turn a copy of Turkish singer Tarkan’s Sikidim, but Pritam seems to have updated the tune.

Play
‘Befikre’ jukebox.

Pritam’s closest competitor was the duo Vishal-Shekhar, who landed much before him on the music charts, in July with the earworm Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai (Sultan). The other track, Jag Ghoomeya, sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Neha Bhasin, gave the composers another hit. They followed up their hit trail with the groovy numbers of Befikre in December, giving Pritam something to worry about ahead of the awards season.

Amit Trivedi had three soundtracks: Fitoor, Udta Punjab and Dear Zindagi, each of which had great tunes. Fitoor’s poor reception and the controversies surrounding Udta Punjab took away the focus from his work. The freewheeling spirit of Love You Zindagi (Dear Zindagi) is perhaps his best bet this year.

Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy had three solo soundtracks: Ghayal Once Again, Rock On!! 2 and Mirzya. The first two were washouts. The epic love story of Mirzya-Sahiban was mounted on the same scale as its grand score, but the film bombed despite some fantastic tunes. Often, a film’s box office performance is predicted by as well as shapes the music score’s longevity. Even an average score can get elevated if the movie turns out to a hit.

Composer Amaal Mallik was one of the busiest musicians this year, featuring in 10 multi-composer albums, but it was his turn as a solo-composer in M S Dhoni: The Untold Story, with such sweet melodies as Kaun Tujhe, Besabriyaan and Jab Tak that raised his stock. The lesser heard composer Ram Sampath experimented with dark sounds in Raman Raghav 2.0. It was an off-beat effort at best.

AR Rahman had a no-show in 2016. His only album, Mohenjo Daro, flopped along with the movie. His impending nomination in the Best Original Song category at the 89th Academy Awards for the soundtrack of Pele: Birth of a Legend could mean that our loss is their gain.

Play
‘Ginga’ from the soundtrack of ‘Pele: Birth of a Legend’.
We welcome your comments at letters@scroll.in.
Sponsored Content BY 

Now that you’ve reached the top, how often do you say, “Thank You”?

What kind of a leader are you?

How do you define success? The typical picture of success is a large bank balance, expensive material possessions and fame. But for some, success is happiness that comes from fulfilling a childhood dream or attaining a sense of purpose. For those, success is not about the volume of an applause or the weight of a gold medal, but about showing gratitude and sharing success with the people without whom the journey would be incomplete. Here are a few ways you can share your success with others:

Speech

While it sounds simple and formulaic, a genuine, emphatic and honest speech can make everyone feel like they are a part of a winning team. For a personal touch, acknowledge the team’s efforts by mentioning each one of them by name and thanking them for their unique contributions. Hearing their own name makes people feel proud and honoured.

Realise the success should be passed on

Instead of basking in the glory of their own achievements, good leaders encourage, motivate and inspire others to achieve success. A good leader should acknowledge his own mistakes, share his experience and knowledge and cultivate an environment where every milestone is an accomplishment for everyone in the team. Talk about challenges, the personal and professional struggles that you had to overcome. Sharing setbacks helps others to relate to you and helps them overcome struggles they may be facing.

Celebrate

Nothing beats shaking-off the deadlines, work-pressure and fatigue by celebrating success together. Enjoying a job well done together as a team brings about a spirit of camaraderie. A catered lunch, evening drinks or a weekend off-site, the important thing is to enjoy the win with people who have gone through the same struggle.

Keep it flexible

The last thing you want is for work celebrations to become monotonous and repetitive. Not all milestones have to be celebrated in a grand manner, some can just be acknowledged with gestures such as personal Thank You notes or writing a recommendation on LinkedIn.

Make success more meaningful

Go beyond numbers, sales targets and profits and add meaning to the achievement. Reminding everyone of the larger purpose inspires people. It’s easy to lose interest when you do something in a routine fashion. Giving a larger meaning to success makes people feel more involved and energized.

Great leaders are those who share their victories with others. They acknowledge that the path to success is collaborative. Great leaders don’t stand in front of their team, but are found working amongst them. This video is an ode to such leaders who epitomise the Chivas culture and know how to Win The Right Way. Follow Chivas on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Play

This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of Chivas Studio Music CDs and not by the Scroll editorial team.