I am very excited to write this music review, as the bollywood soundtrack of Genius, is one that I have been waiting to listen to for some time. The first reason is that it all of the songs have been composed by favourite bollywood music director Himesh Reshammiya. The second, is that after a long time, we are seeing only one composer give the music to an entire soundtrack – this was once the norm, but the last few years has seen this trend be replaced by multiple composers for each soundtrack. Thirdly, this soundtrack features 6 original, fresh, brand new compositions and in today’s time, this is a real rare sight! There are no song remakes on this album, nor are there any remixes, yay! Read on to know more about the film and my thoughts on the soundtrack as a whole.
The film Genius, marks the debut of Utkarsh Sharma who is the son of director Anil Sharma who gave us hit films like Gadar – Ek Prem Katha, Apne and Veer. The film also stars newbie actress Ishita Chauhan who has been a child actor and starred in Himesh’s debut film Aap kaa Surroor the movie! This fresh new pairing are all set to teach us about Dil Ki Ladaai…Dimaag Se and from the trailer its clear the film has a patriotic element to it so it will be interesting to know if the Genius succeeds in saving the day! The film also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Mithun Chakraborty in important roles.
Moving on to the film’s soundtrack, there are six songs in total and each song features popular bollywood singers of today:
1) Tera Fitoor – Arijit Singh
2) Dil Meri Na Sune – Atif Aslam
3) Tujhse Kahan Juda Hoon Main – Himesh Reshammiya, Neeti Mohan and Vineet Singh
4) Holi Birajma – Jubin Nautiyal
5) Pyar Le Pyar De – Dev Negi and Iulia Vantur
6) Dil Meri Na Sune – reprise – Atif Aslam and Payal Dev
The soundtrack is definitely a complete soundtrack for me, as it features melodious songs, a festive song, a rock ballad and a club track. We really do not see this kind of variety on film soundtracks these days as sadly, music is given less and less importance in bollywood films.
The unprecedented hype for this soundtrack began ever since singer Arijit Singh revealed Tera Fitoor at a concert and then the demand for the song was unbelievable which led to the film’s producers releasing it earlier than planned, in order to meet public demand. Tera Fitoor is the ultimate, melodious, fresh love song which has Himesh’s stamp all over it. He has created the most beautiful introduction and the hookline of Tera Fitoor Jab Se Chadh Gaya Re is equally strong. Arijit has done a truly wonderful job and whenever I listen to the song, I can always hear the enjoyment of singing the song, in his voice.
After Tera Fitoor, the next highly awaited song release: Dil Meri Na Sune featuring singer Atif Aslam. This is the first time that Himesh and Atif have worked together on a song. They have previously worked together as captains on the musical reality show Surkshetra but since then, it was uncertain whether they would work together musically or not, and now it has finally happened! One of the best things about Himesh as a music director, is that he is the only one who is able to bring out a different side to a singer (e.g. Palak in Ice Cream Khaungi, The Xpose and Jumme ki Raat, Kick etc.) and I feel that he has managed to do this with Atif too. Atif is known for being comfortable with singing romantic songs, but Dil Meri Na Sune truly fits his voice like a glove. His level of emotions are perfect too and it is wonderful to hear him sing a composition of Himesh’s. Singer Payal Dev joins Atif on the reprise version of the song as it turns into a duet. I am not too keen on the high-pitched/over modulated/layering techniques used with Payal’s vocals and so feel the original versio of the song is much stronger than the reprise version.
The third track is the rock ballad Tujhse Kahan Juda Hoon Main which has been sung by Himesh, Neeti Mohan and Vineet Singh. I am so very happy that Himesh has sung on this track as it resembles his old style songs, which I love a lot. It feels as if we are hearing him sing like this after a very long time. Neeti opens the song beautifully in the lower octaves which is also a new twist as female singers often sing the higher parts of the song. She has proved that she can sing comfortably in a lower octave too. We have heard Vineet sing in various soundtracks such as Son Sardaar, Khiladi 786, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo and I do feel that his voice has matured nicely and he matches Neeti well.
Holi Birajma is the next track which we all caught a glimpse of in the Genius teaser which released earlier this year. The hookline intro of the song caught everyone’s attention and I think after Tera Fitoor, it generated the most interest into the soundtrack. Only Himesh’s songs have the power to catch this kind of attention from music lovers! Holi Birajma has been sung by singer Jubin Nautiyal and this is also the first time that Jubin is working with Himesh and what a way to start! His level of energy in the song is pleasing to hear and it has fast become my favourite song of the soundtrack. It is a more traditional Holi song compared to the modern style ones we have heard in recent years (Balam Pichkari, Ye Jawani Hai Deewani) and its refreshing to have some traditions bought back to this very modern era.
The next track is one for the clubs Pyar Le Pyar De. There was a time when Himesh was synonymous with releasing club tracks on each soundtrack of his, and its good to see him bring back what he is known for. PLPD is a duet with a rap and has been sung by singer Dev Negi (Coffee Peetey Peetey, Gabbar is Back) and Iulia Vantur (Every Night and Day, Aap Se Mausiiquii album) with rap by Ikka. Pyar Le Pyar De is a very neat club track, with perfect cadences which complete the overall sound of the song making it very easy to listen to. Iulia has done a commendable job mastering both Hindi and Arabic in this track, despite being a non-speaker of both languages. Dev’s voice matches Iulia’s very well, and somehow I feel this song will feature well established stars in its video (although I could be wrong!) but it gives me that vibe as it is far removed from the romantic outlook of the films main characters. Update: the promo of this track released this week and surprisingly is featured on the main characters of the film with disappointing choreography.
A special mention to lyricist Manoj Muntashir who is one of the main lyricists for this soundtrack, and even though he has provided additional song lyrics to many song remakes, it is wonderful to see that he can give original, fresh, romantic lyrics for brand new compositions. Lyricist Kumar has written Tera Fitoor and has given us wonderful romantic lyrics, while Shabbir Ahmed has penned the lyrics for the romantic rock ballad Tujhse Kahan Juda Hoon Main.
The Genius soundtrack truly is a breath of fresh air as far as bollywood music is concerned. It is a soundtrack full of variety and one that has refused to follow the norms and current trends in the Hindi music scene. If you are fed up of listening to remake after remake, then I highly recommend listening to the Genius soundtrack. Genius is slated for release on 24th August 2018.