Put on your headphones and prepare to be happy! If Dev D, Anurag Kashyap’s modern take on Devdas – that classic tale of the quintessential overprivileged manchild, his idiot lover and the masochistic courtesan – winds up even half as subversive as its soundtrack, I’m going to be ecstatic come February 6.
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll notice that I haven’t reviewed an album for quite some time. This is not because I’ve gone off Hindi film music – quite the contrary, I’ve been listening to more of it than can possibly be good for me.
But how many times could I point and giggle at each new album coming out of Bollywood without it getting to me? After all, mere seene mein bhi dil hai! And it is made of marshmallow.
And now, behold! Thus is kindness rewarded! Here, after a long time, comes a soundtrack courtesy Amit Trivedi (Aamir) that makes me hope that you’ll actually plonk down hard cash in these financially tough times for the pleasure of listening to 18 (that’s right: eighteen!) marvelous tracks. I’d tell you how awesome it all is but everytime I sit down to write about this album I’m reminded that writing about music is indeed like dancing about architecture.
However, the P-PCC feels no such compunction, so this is your lucky day!
PS – this seems an appropriate post wherein to ask: why do Indian liquor stores advertise themselves as Brandy Shops? Or is it an uniquely South Indian terminology? Is there something particularly alcoholic about brandy or do they just call any ol’ moonshine brandy? Does it have something to do with the colonial era – did they think ‘brandy’ was white for ‘thing you drink at night that gets you really drunk’? Man, the colonial era must have been teeming with lushes.