Listening to the soundtrack to Vivah (2006) while driving to work this morning. Let me tell you -- it has more value than I thought. Not many people believed that the movie would do well. It ended up being one of the more successful releases of the year. But wait, this post belongs to the movie's soundtrack.
The music and lyrics provided by Ravindra Jain are traditional and would be meaningful to anyone who would care to give this album a listen. The songs are mellow and make for good family listening. My favorites from the album? While 'Mujhe Haq Hai' and 'Hamari Shaadi Mein' are well above average, the best song in the album has to be 'Milan Abhi Aadha Adhura Hai'. If you think the songs in the current era of Hindi cinema are not good, this song will challenge your school of thought. Who knows, it might even change your thought on the state of Bollywood today?
True, this album in particular is unique. But it does bring us to this point: Why is it that every other album today has loud music (ahem, like Himesh Reshammiya's) and why is it that someone like Udit Narayan (who is splendid in Vivah) is not heard as much? Have we sunk that much? Before I get ahead of myself, I will remind myself that Shaan and K.K. are two singers of this decade whose songs I enjoy tremendously...
So while I never thought I'd say this, I think Vivah was one of the top five movies of 2006, which is saying a lot given that 2006 was a record-breaking year for Bollywood with a bunch of very good films throughout the year. Shahid Kapoor, Amrita Rao, and Anupam Kher deliver excellent performances in what could have turned out to be a dud were their performances not executed well.
Music Rating: ****
Listen if: you want a taste of the music of the 80s and 90s, appreciate poetry, enjoy real vocalists (as opposed to having singers rely so much on the music that one cannot help but notice flaws in their voices).
Definitely listen if: you are about to get married ;)