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The soundtrack of Barfi! could well be one of Pritam's best amongst his recent works. The music of the film is as smooth and buttery as the film's promos. The difficulty of the venture nestles around the fact that most of the music is created for actors who play specially-abled characters in the film. To convey emotions as well as keep the arc of the story in its grasp through its music is a skill.
Pritam, who earlier appeared in director Anurag Basu's Life In A Metro, creates music that is different from regular Bollywood tracks but manages to keep it jovial as well as entertaining. The soundtrack begins with Barfi!; it is sung by Mohit Chauhan and is rendered amidst sound of whistles and a melodious orchestration. Chauhan appears with regular frequency throughout the album and is well on his way to becoming the actor's voice for his films post their successful collaboration with Rockstar.
Swanand Kirkire, one of the lyricists of the album along with Neelesh Mishra and Ashish Pandit, croons another version of the song called Ala Barfi that relies on minimal orchestrations yet manages to leave an impact.
Main kya karoon, that features the sweet and earnest voice of Nikhil Paul George, is an ode to young love and the various emotions involved in the process. Although the song has a peculiar refrain that of a song that you may have heard before, the song by itself stands out for its modern feel.
The song Kyon, written by Neelesh Mishra, is a straight up winner with the mellow and melodious composition mixing superbly with Assamese singer Papon's raw voice. He is accompanied well by Sunidhi Chauhan in the track that is yet another fine composition.
Aashiyan, that follows Kyon, is a more happy song that introduces more music and instruments in the mix and aided by Shreya Ghoshal and Nikhil Paul George, is one of the better songs in the album. This is followed by Sawaali Raat, a haunting track that disengages with you at first. However, the real power of this song can only be understood when you give this song a few more tries. The unusual composition of the song sung by Arijit Singh is a track that will probably go unnoticed but is a stellar song in its own right. Rekha Bhardwaj lends her powerful voice to the final song in the album, Phir le aya dil, that mixed with its guitar and piano tones, comes across as yet another winner.
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