Top 10 Bollywood Music Albums of 2016 – #5

One of the finest films of the calendar year came out earlier in 2016. A beautiful, simple and subtle film like Nil Battey Sannata demanded unconventional and quirky music and debutant director Ashwini Iyer Tiwari got Rohan and Vinayak, two unheard of composers, also making their debut. The director also got her husband Nitesh Tiwari, the director of Dangal, to pen the lyrics of three of the songs in the film. Together what has been produced is brilliant, and consequently, it features in the fifth spot of our Top 10 year-end countdown.


The album starts with the very Amit Trivedi sounding Murabba. The song could almost fit into Lootera or Udaan. In terms of the melody and the musical arrangement, it’s a top song. The only thing lacking in it was the singing which I thought could have been better. Neuman Minto does a good job, but someone else could have made the composition even more endearing. It could very well be just me feeling this, but singing can enhance the quality of a song a great deal and my opinion could not get a better illustration than Maula. This track has been sung expertly by one of the best in the business, Nandini Srikar. Quality singing on display here and kudos to the composers on getting the vocalist exactly right here. Maths Mein Dabba Gul is a sweet song and is obviously very situational. It’s meant to be a fun number, and the composers have kept that element right there.

Maa has two versions, one rendered by Mohan Kanan and another by Hariharan. The track, written by Shreyas Jain, is meant to tug at your heartstrings, as almost all mother tributes are and Mohan’s raspy voice gives the song another dimension since it’s sung from the perspective of a young daughter. Hariharan’s sweet voice is perfect for a song like this, and he too expertly delivers. I personally prefer his version more and feel that he somehow enhances the beauty of the lyrics. The saxophone used in this song is great, and I wish it were used more. Maa Theme is the just the instrumental version of the same song and considering the melody is sombre, the piano and violin only make one feel more angst and pain. The album ends with Chanda Theme, and this one can make you well up, and simultaneously you would want to put it in the playlist you like to sleep to. Some great jugalbandhi between the piano and the violin here.

A movie like this required something beautiful, unconventional and quirky from the music. Composers, Rohan and Vinayak got it spot on and the Swara Bhaskar starrer managed to deliver on all fronts, ensuring it even finds a place on the music front. The composer duo is certainly one to keep an eye on in the future. Looking forward to what is in store for us in 2017!

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