As the year comes to an end, A Humming Heart lists down the Top 10 Bollywood Music Albums of 2014.
A very short album comprising just four songs with one of them being a filler, Finding Fanny manages to be a breath of fresh air.
Fanny Re is the album opener and is a beautifully arranged track. This song composed by French musician Mathias Duplessy, much like the entire soundtrack, is an ‘eclectic mix of classic and quirky’. The Spanish guitar, the banjo surrounded by singer Mukhtiyar Ali’s voice makes this particular song very charming and it has a feel-good quality to it. It is followed by Maahi Ve, which is the filler version- a replica of Fanny re with different lyrics. The former is preferred as the vocals of Fanny Re sound much better than Maahi Ve, where you can almost sense that Ali goes a little off key. However, he manages to maintain the rawness which is required. Ding Dong is the next track on the album. Sung by composer Duplessay in English, with mandolin and guitar leading the way, it is an endearing track that basically lays down the theme of the movie and does so well. Even though it is a very pleasant experience, it is not an exceptional track. Lastly, we have Shake Your Bootiya which probably was the one liked most by the audience. Composed by Sachin-Jigar and Sachin Gupta, it is a fun song with lyrics like ‘Hai re meri fanniya badi witty witty hai’. Singer Divya Kumar has done a brilliant job with an energetic, upbeat number. The lovely guitar, the rhythm, the enigmatic singing and the video of the song make it a thoroughly enjoyable one.
The only problem with this album is that it is really short. Having said that, it is preferred (we do, at least), to have a shorter one, than one where every song sounds similar to each other or sounds like something that has already been produced before. And in fairness to the producers and the composers, the film itself is a short one and doesn’t require an extensive soundtrack. Finding Fanny is a quirky album and its freshness and charm makes it find the number six spot on our top 10 Bollywood music albums of 2014.