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Sarkar Music Review

Sarkar Music Review
The Factory
Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Kay Kay Menon, Supriya Pathak, Rukshar, Katrina Kaif, Anupam Kher, Tanisha, Jeeva
Ramgopal Varma
Ram Gopal Varma, Parag Sanghavi
A courageous musical score
Wednesday, June 29, 2005 • Hindi Comments

'Mujhe Jo Sahi Lagta Hai, Main Wahi Karta Hoon' - Amitabh Bachchan's powerful statement that marks the opening of 'Sarkar' aptly describes the thought process of director Ram Gopal Verma who is ready with his socio-political drama. This is exactly the reason why RGV has always believed in coming with up with a product that HE believes in while shrugging off everything that is conventional. 'Sarkar', with obvious references to Marlon Brando's classic 'Godfather', stars Amitabh Bachchan as a lead protagonist with strong social and political connections while Abhishek Bachchan and Kay Kay play the part of his sons. Katrina Kaif, Tanisha and Rukhsar complete the female starcast while Jeeva, amongst other talented artistes from the RGV camp, features in 'Sarkar'. It would indeed require guts from a mainstream film-maker to come up with a music album that primarily comprises of theme music and movie's background score. Verma does exactly the same by launching 'Sarkar's twin CD back that has a whopping 35 tracks. While CD1 is titled simply as the 'Govinda album', CD2 is a compilation of background pieces from the movie and is titled 'The Power of Sarkar'.

Govinda album - Music: Bapi-Tutul, Lyrics - Sandeep Nath

1) Govinda Song (Amitabh Bachchan, Kailash Kher, Bapi, Tutul)

If you have been following the promos of 'Sarkar' closely, you wouldn't have missed out the heavy drum beats accompanied by the chant of 'Govinda Govinda'. These chants continue for the entire duration of 'Govinda Govinda' that begins with (now popular) Big B's declaration of 'Mujhe So Sahi Lagta Hai Main Wahi Karta Hoon). Kailash Kher does classical rendition intermittently but that is relegated to the background as the centre stage is held by Bapi and Tutl who get the screen on fire with 'Govinda chants'.

2) The Govinda Omen (Choir: Cine Singers Association)

As the title suggests, this time the chants of 'Govinda' (that forms a major part of this entire album) become haunting due to chorus by Cine Singers Association. They basic idea of the track still remains same but the treatment changes. This version is more frightening rather than dramatic and is bound to create a deadly impact on screen.

3) Mujhe So Sahi Lagta Hai (Govinda Beat) - (Amitabh Bachchan, Kailash Kher)

Two more versions of 'Govinda' follow soon. First to go is the techno version of 'Govinda song', this time as 'Govinda Beat', where western instruments hold centre stage. Nevertheless, the drum beats along with the chants are still intact, though Big B's dialogue 'Mukhe So Sahi...' continues in a repeat mode this time around.

4) Govinda Trance (Bapi, Tutul, Jankee Parikh)

This is the final version of the theme music that again gets into a techno mode. For the first time in the album, one gets to hear a female singer. Newcomer Jankee Parikh does the honors while Bapi and Tutul join in. From the background point of view, these four versions may make sense. But one is not really convinced whether an average music lover would really want to hear the same track for the umpteenth time in a different version !

5) Sam Dam Dand Bhed (Kailash Kher)

Whoever has read political science would clearly identify with the terms 'Sam Dam Dand Bhed' that signifies the usage of any of these skills to get a work done. That's exactly the theme of this theme track by Kailash Kher, which is again dark (but meaningful) and establishes the usage of right POWER, when required. Even in this track, the basic mood of the album still remains intact without deviating from the movie's basic storyline.

6) Shaher, Sahher Ke Hazaron Sawal (Kailash Kher)

Kailash Kher gets to croon another powerful song in quick succession, hence continuing to establish the character of 'Sarkar' who is shown to be the most powerful. Turning philosophical this time around, Sandeep Nath's lyrics catch the nuances of an institution called 'Sarkar' an