2 Oct 2013

Ram Leela Music Review


Director:  Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Cast: Ranveer Singh & Deepika Padukone
Music Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Lyricst: Siddharth-Garima
Release: November 15, 2013

My Rating: 5/5 (only the 2nd album I gave this score to. The other one was this.)



This album is heavy on the sex appeal. That’s one way of putting it! The other is that it highlights everything that Bollywood tries to run from, and that’s its own roots. There is a rustic quality to the album that eludes most music directors, but Sanjay Leela Bhansali has managed to capture it so well. The heavy bass in almost all the tracks is done beautifully, in a way that enhances the traditional musical instruments that are also present in every.single.track. Flute, nagada, dhol, shehnai, cymbals, you name it! Overall, I loved it!  There is a lot of passion in this album, without even a hint of vulgarity, a rare combination, especially in Bollywood. One play is just not enough so I’m going back for seconds, thirds and definitely more.

1.       Ram Chahe Leela-  A soft rock opening track. The lyrics set the scene: a heavy focus on the violent, hot blooded nature of the two characters along with the surroundings. The song opens with a nice mike echo in Gujarati, giving the feeling that you’re sitting in the audience in a mela waiting for ram leela to start! I am guessing this track will play in the opening credits. Nice job by Bhoomi Trivedi, but not my favourite.

2.      Lahu Munh Lag Gaya- The instruments make this track. Very sensual langrous pace with lazily paced vocals to match. Loved the synth and bass in this one. Shail Hada sings wonderfully.

3.      Ang Laga De- Another sensual slow song. Very nicely sung by Aditi Paul & Shail Hada. I prefer this track to the previous one, even though both are slightly similar. Love the addition of the ghanti and chanting, they definitely add to the rustic feel.

4.      Poore Chand- wonderful use of instruments making up the chorus. Another slow track.

5.      Nagada Sang Dhol- Just in time for Navratri, this definite hit will strike a chord with most folks just because it’s so well composed. Theres the traditional garba song mixed with oomph and bass and sung beautifully and with emotion by Shreya Ghoshal. A high energy track. Let the comparisons with this and Dholi Taro Dhol Baaje from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam begin (I like both but the video for this is definitely better!).

6.      Laal Ishq- A more classic number, Arijit Singh opens with a melodious tarana, and continues to mesmerise with his vocals thereafter. Have to say though, I didn’t like the line ‘mera naam ishq, tera naam ishq’ what does that even mean? He sang it beautifully though so it’s okay.

7.      Ishqyaun, Dhishquyan- opening with my favourite instrument, the sarangi, this is a high tempo track with a modern twist. More of a fusion track with a northern feel with all the dhol. I love how there is a little conversation going on with the sarangi and the flute at one point in the start of the song.

8.     More Bani Thanghat Kare- this was originally written by Gujarati poet Jhaverchand Meghani over 50 years ago. The title literally translates to ‘Today my heart, dances like a peacock’ and the song is usually played during Navaratri in a garba. Osman Mir really shines in this track. Loved it!

9.     Dhoop- another slow track, sung by Shreya Ghoshal, it reminded me a bit of Silsila Yeh Chaahat Ka from Devdas. But there are tons of instruments used here that weren’t around in devdas. Listen to the words and like me you may also love the imagery in this track, very haunting.

10.Tattad Tattad- I don’t think this song can be described as anything other than an item number! Sanjay leela Bhansali gets all his actors to do one of these tracks (remember Ranbir Kapoor in Jabse Tere Naina?) Ranvir Singh is topless for most of it so there’s that. What was I saying? Oh right, the song.. Great track, high energy levels, opens with trumpets, lots of dhol, very rustic feel to it, but with snippets of guitar thrown in here and there! Loved it.

What did you think of the album? Favourite song? I feel Ram Leela is going to be a mega hit, even if for the cinematography alone (and Deepika’s outfits).

7 comments:

  1. ram chahe leela is an awesome song. loved bhoomi's voice. composition n blend of folk n rock is awesome. ..

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    1. That track wasnt my favorite but a nice song still! The album is still on repeat ..

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  2. ram chahe leela song loved it.

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    1. looking forward to Priyanka Chopra's (hopefully not cheap) video for the track .

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  3. "Mera naam Ishq, Tera naam Ishq..." these lines in fact are the very essence of the song and deeply metaphorical i believe. Because the story is that of Romeo and Juliet. So Shakeseare's line from the play - "Whats in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." seems to be the inspiration behind this whole song. Ram and Leela clearly belong to two opposing clans. Thats why they say here that lets forget our real names - tera naam ishq, mera naam ishq. And further - Apna Naam Badal Doon,Ya Tera Naam Chhupa Loon. Thats my reading :)

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    1. omg that actually makes perfect sense! I was listening to the song a few days ago and those lines were again bugging me but I'm pretty sure you are right. Thank you!!

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    2. Ur welcome! :) That song is my personal fav too in the album... And honestly Romeo-Juliet is one of my fav Shakespeare plays. Most ppl arent aware, but the play has a lot of bawdy lines, sexual innuendo and comedy. its not a straight-laced love story or tragedy. And SLB's RamLeela trailer looks like a true adaptation of the original, including the picturisation of Ishqyaun-Dishqyaun!
      PS - Ram Chahe Leela is my other fav from the album. Give it some time... maybe it will grow on u too!

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