Madari ka Bandar (Music Review): Folk to Cherish for Years

There are no second thoughts on Tochi Raina’s words when he said that the brilliance of Anuj Garg is that he can seamlessly blend a quintessential folk song with contemporary melodies; Shoojit Sircar’s upcoming movie Gulabo Sitabo’s ‘Madari Ka Bandar’ is an honest example to Raina’s statement. Garg and his team’s hard work featuring leads Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana shows up on the on the screen when paired with the beautiful lyrics written by Dinesh Pant. Instruments in the background including guitar, banjo, mandolin, and drums among others will make you dance to Garg’s tunes; you can’t help but tap your fingers and toes to this soothing and fresh folk piece.

Speaking of lyrics, Pant effortlessly gives us a reality check with his words that blend so well with what the trailer tells about the story. “Ban ke madari ka bandar… Dugdugi pe nache sikandar” these expressive lines somewhere tell us that no matter who we are, we are all dancing to the tunes of god or say we are all acting according to our fate. In today’s Bollywood music culture, it’s rare to hear something like ‘Madari Ka Bandar’ that is not just original but also depicts the story and fits well into the narrative. This year, last time that happened was when veteran lyricist Gulzar penned down his words for Deepika Padukone starrer Chhapaak.

Be it October or Piku, Sircar’s movies and its music always weave together and that’s one of the reasons why he succeeds in making people sit through his films and engage into the story. What steals the show in this entire quintessential folk number is Tochi Raina’s voice who never fails to make an impact and leave his essence in the song. Remember ‘Kabira’ from Ayan Mukerji’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani; it’s been 7 years and people are still not over it. That is the magic of Raina’s voice; it is refreshing and sticks to your head over the years. This song of his from Gulabo Sitabo co-sung by Garg is one such melody. ‘Madari ka Bandar’ has a strong and serious message but yet the music will make you smile and enjoy every bit of it.         –Srivalli