Rating: ★★★1/2
Verdict: Amit Trivedi’s mathematics is a formula that works!

Classy music+ Quirky lyrics= 1960’s Bombay Velvet Jazz
The last time Amit Trivedi and Amitabh Bhattacharyya cut such an extensive soundtrack was in 2009 for Anurag Kashyap’s Dev D, with a record of 18 tracks. The team makes a comeback with 12 full length songs and 3 instrumental tracks for the director’s modus operandi, Bombay Velvet. Dev D, Udaan and Bombay Velvet are all thread by the commonality of compositions catalyzing the aura of the film’s visuals set by the story, time period and the characters.

Most of the music in this album solely intends to engulf the listener in classy jazz from the 1960s. Mohabbat Buri Bimari functions on eccentric lyrics rendered in three versions by Shalmali Kholgade, Neeti Mohan and Shefali Alvares. This song interestingly sounds sassy with Shalmali’s version while simmers down in a comparatively slower version by Neeti. The third version is a forced addition in the album and barely leaves any appetite for the same lyrics that runs in a loop. Suman Shridhar’s Fifi and Aam Hindustani by Shefali Alvares are both very fresh inclusions in Trivedi’s album. Since the film is set against the backdrop of a club with a diva, most of the songs in this album are sung by female singers.

Neeti Mohan’s contribution to the soundtrack shapes beautifully with Ka Kha Ga and Dhadam Dhadam. The balanced depth in her voice blends very smoothly with the music. Naak Pe Gussa and Sylvia are the other two solo recitals by Neeti. Amit Trivedi’s work with Bombay Velvet-the album is complete in terms of the instruments used to create the mood and tone set by a wide range of compositions. Trivedi’s use of trumpets is his signature for almost every track in Bombay Velvet.

Bombay Velvet is not the music album every listener will hook on to. It is the kind of work that will be appealing provided the audience understands the flavor of this genre of music.
Behroopia is one among the two tracks with male vocals by Mohit Chauhan. It is a romantic number and blooms well with a drag in Mohit’s voice that stays consistent. Neeti Mohan yet again lends her voice this time for the love song. Singer Papon’s Darbaan is an escape into a smoky zone of music from the dominating tunes of the woodwind instruments.

Shut Up by Shefali Alvares is less appealing though it has a catchy tone. Shut up is not the only exception. Any other song can well get lost amidst a pompous fair of 15 tracks all that somewhere strike a similar chord.
The instrumental tracks hint at thematic background score that are well laid to support the story of Bombay Velvet. Conspiracy is tense. Tommy Gun is a loud musical fair. The Bombay Velvet Theme is almost a summation of the director’s vision. Bombay Velvet is certainly not overpriced at Rs.175 as it explores jazz music deep and wide. The album is an ‘on-the-face’ reminder of Hindi film industry’s caliber to churn out music that can be globally appreciated. Give it a Go.

By Soham Bhattacharyya