Verdict: Zeher Khoobsurat! (venomously infatuating)
Hindi and Urdu have had many reunions in the past but this is a different high. Swanand Kirkire and Amit Trivedi are at the top of their game with Fitoor. Komail Shayan and Amit Trivedi compose seven musical tracks for the album and ornate with Kirkire’s blending words. This marriage has a feather like quality that lets its character unleash but without the cargo.
Title track Yeh Fitoor Mera tactfully captures attention as it progresses at constant pace and hits the highest note with the titular words. Arijit Singh despite being on almost every Hindi film cover lends newness to Yeh Fitoor Mera. And this unique identity is what holds the album together. Music director Amit Trivedi always makes it a tough choice to vote for him as a better singer versus a better composer. The texture of his voice is vital in uplifting the core passionate essence in Pashmina. Swanand Kirkire’s brilliance certainly comes across in every song and more so in the analogy that he draws in Pashmina. Musician and lyricists of their likes are the torch bearers of Urdu poetry in contemporary Hindi cinema music.
Mentioning Urdu poetry does not leave Haminastu far behind. Pakistani pop singer Zeb Bangash most well known for her compositions with Haniya Aslam in Coke studio and Dewarists makes a mark with this song! This track scores brownie points for drawing from Amir Khusrau’s poetry. The beautiful line that says ‘if there is paradise on earth somewhere, here it is, here it is!’ has been used to lay foundation for Haminastu. The rest is to be experienced in this song.
Ranga Re opens door for a new flavor. It’s sassy but never overdoing it. Fitoor is one of the year’s most impressionable albums because it has its ingredients in measure. Ranga Re is present in English and a Hindi version, which does not make much of a difference. Sunidhi Chauhan and Amit Trivedi make it a memorable listen in the Hindi version. Caralisa Monteiro’s version of the song sounds slightly off place amidst the heavy Hindi-Urdu unison. Ranga Re’s pattern of beats is extremely catchy and does not wear off for the longest time.
Singers Jubin Nautiyal and Sunidhi Chauhan give one of the year’s most romantic songs Tere Liye. It’s love blossoming all the way with the music and lyrics in this song. Jubin’s voice adds freshness and Sunidhi as always impresses. Hone Do Batiya brings vocalists Nandini Srikar and Zeb to interlace their voices, one that is rustic and the other that is tender. The bonding between two such distinct voices is a play to listen. Fitoor’s strength is in its quality to maintain a sense of continuum and build a story without the visuals. The album is aptly priced at INR 199.
– By Soham Bhattacharyya