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-Pritam breaks his mould
By Nikhil Kumar

Music composer Pritam Chakraborty has a trademark style that derives heavily from Rock, Pop and Hip-hop. However, in Meghna Gulzar’s movie ‘Just Married’, Pritam departs from his signature style and churns out melodies that show his versatility as a composer.

For one, Pritam has quite a track record working with production house of Pritish Nandy (PNC). His last score with PNC, ‘Pyar Ke Side Effects’, was a hit. And now, ‘Just Married’ looks like another winner in the making. Only this time, Pritam is a bit restrained in his compositions. There are no numbers crammed with screeching guitars and heavy drum beats. Rather the emphasis is on lilting notes, plucked and strummed to create a soothing effect.

As the film’s title suggests, ‘Just Married’ is the story of a newly married couple. The movie focuses on the awkwardness two young people feel in the first few days following their arranged marriage. Fardeen Khan and Esha Deol play the couple. The film also stars Perizaad Zorabian and Bikram Saluja. The movie’s songs are written by Meghna’s father Gulzar.

The mood is set in the very opening number ‘Ram Milaye Jodi’, a marriage song. Its festive spirit, pompous beats and loud chorus blend beautifully with Gulzar’s lyrics to conjure images of a wedding procession. Uninhibited and no-holds-barred singing by Sukhwinder Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan and Shaan add fervour to the already energetic composition by Pritam.

Where there is a good number that ought to be its remix too. The remixed version of ‘Ram Milaye Jodi’, by DJ Eric Pillai, has a higher tempo and more beats thrown in the edgeways. But better than the remixed ‘club version’ is the sad version by Sukhwinder Singh.

Moving away from his usual style, Pritam comes up with a soft and lilting composition in ‘Gudgudee’ (Tickling). The music in this song doesn’t race forth but lingers on its melody, as Sunidhi Chauhan renders the number in a mellow, honey-coated voice, as if singing a lullaby.

The album steers into jovial mood with ‘Baat Pakki’, a somewhat teasing and feelgood number about a couple whose marriage has been fixed. The song’s lively beat, Gulzar’s simple yet out-of-the-ordinary lyrics and the spirited way in which singers Shaan and Neeraj Sridhar render it makes this song a delight to ears, but only after repeated hearings.

Pritam adds an extra punch into the song in its remixed version, which features Sunidhi Chauhan and Mahalakshmi Iyer.

There is also a third version of the song at the album’s end that focuses mainly on singers and relegates music to the background.

A pensive and meditative mood is invoked in ‘Doha’ (Duplet), which is lyrically rich and is efficaciously sung by Daler Mehendi.

If there ever was a song that bears testimony to Pritam’s versatility, it is ‘Jaagte Raho’. The song is musically affluent with an ear candy blend of flute, guitar and drum beats. On top of it, Gulzar’s words carry a subtle sensuous appeal that is skillfully expressed by singer Sonu Nigam.

To sum it up, the music of ‘Just Married’ may not go on to become a chartbuster, but it does offer some addictive, croonable melodies.
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