Rating: ★★★1/2

Verdict: This soundtrack is a somber ride in a colorful cab

At the heart lies music director A. R. Rahman’s notes of warmth spray painted with a multitude of colors on the outside. Tamasha’s offerings come full circle with every song evoking a certain sense of stage play, street fun and charisma both in tune and words. Rahman’s work with the album lacks tighter editing but packs in a flavorful delight! Though not among Rahman’s best works, Tamasha does have an identity and does not get lost completely.

A Rahman album is incomplete without his composition in the voice of Mohit Chauhan. Matargashti is a fresh and fun track. With a lot of music and Mohit’s vocal generosity, this song easily secures a top position. Heer To Badi Sad Hai is the countryside song from Tamasha. Mika Singh’s voice and the poetry in prose structure make the song a flavorful ingredient in this album. Wat Wat Wat and Wat Wat Wat (Vengeance Mix) pop out like the unplanned twins. Even Arijit Singh’s voice cannot save the monotony of hearing the looping of Wat Wat Wat over and over again. 

In a time where everything including singers have a shelf life, A. R. Rahman brings back the golden voice of Lucky Ali with Safarnama. With well controlled background music and Lucky Ali’s voice in focus, the song brings a sense of travelling in a journey forward. The surprise element in Tamasha is Parade De La Bastille, an instrumental track tracing back to the tunes of Matargashti. Rehman attempts at creating an instrumental track much like Gustavo Santaolalla’s work. This instrumental track traverses multiple pleasant cycles of music and is hence a strong entrant in the album.

Agar Tum Saath Ho brings yet another voice from a golden era of music. Alka Yagnik’s sweetness in voice is lived through this song with Arijit Singh doing the male vocals. The song is a romantic number and yet again a very fresh addition to Bollywood love songs. Tamasha is an album for all age groups and is designed to strike a strong chord with a wide variety of listeners.

Chali Kahani steers in a different direction and follows the structure of story narrative through music. The huskiness in Sukhwinder Singh’s voice is well complemented by Haripriya’s melodious voice. However this song does not spell as much charm as the other songs do. Like every other album by A.R. Rahman, Tamasha too has his vocal touch to the soundtrack. Tu Koi Aur Hai begins with barely any music and later catches pace. 

Tamasha – the album can be called as an experimental dish that has diverse flavors and well serves the appetite. Irshad Kamil’s lyrics moderately work and get noticed. However overpriced at Rs.199, Tamasha does not lead to a fulfilling burp.

By Soham Bhattacharyya

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