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Sunday, 8 January 2017

HIndie Awards 2017: Best Original Score

Best Original Score

Whether it's a good or bad year in Hindi Cinema, music will always flourish. This year saw a plethora of great scores that underlined not only the thematic value of each films narrative but also provided a distinct reflection on the emotion of particular moments without being overtly manipulative.

In this case silence has also come out as a stirring tool.

As important as songs are in Hindi cinema, these days scores are becoming extremely important in echoing things in a much more sophisticated manner.

To celebrate that, let's have a look at these honourable mentions;

Neerja-Hauntingly melodious yet very powerful and stirring, a highlight of the titular characters heroism and her tragic bittersweet fate.

Phobia-At times a bit too overpowering, this is still a classic horror ensemble that rivets as much as it creates a mood of darkness

Udta Punjab-It might be overpowered by its music, but Udta's spectacle is its score specifically how it melds together the haunted Tommy Singh and "Mary Jane" building to their eventual coming together.

Now onto the nominees...

Ram Sampath for Raman Raghav 2.0

Psychedelic, Psychotic erotica.

That defines the absolutely fluid and ever evolving score of Kashyap's latest foray into the brutal psyche of men.

The score becomes a character on its own thanks to Sampath's genre bending electric vibes that not only establishes a mood for a film that is absolutely moody, but also crafts a complete sensation with its tunes that release on the throes of a musical orgasm.

The mesh of the score is a mix of the eccentricity of Ramanna, the brashness of Raghavan and more importantly supported by a stirring touch of the sensuality of Simmy.

Aided by Sampath's equally enthralling soundtrack, the score revels in the metamorphisis of the battle between good and evil, life and death all merging into one blend beautifully just as central characters do.

Psychedelic, Psychotic erotica. Demonic it is.

Hitesh Sonik for Parched

The mix of tenderness and pain that is reflected in Parched's score is a blistering punch to the gut when either side of the equation especially the pain becomes overbearing on the nurturing essence that these women are meant to bring.

Pushed however into a barren and harsh world that eats them up, the music swells like the cries of nature, nature being torn asunder. That is the pain that the movie reflects and the score adapts into an evocative melody.

The highlight of Parched however is the scene between Apte's Lajjo and enigmatic tantric played by Adil Hussain, here the score takes on a metamorphosis of the dichotomy between the fear of the unknown and the absolute bliss of being in the throes of passion and elevation into god hood as should be any woman's right.

Just as the film speaks volumes of the burdening patriarchy around women and the freedom against it, the score echoes in a far more refined form. It helps that the distinctive rustic tunes make it far unique than anything else.

Shantanu Moitra for Pink

For a film that pitches its dramatics a notch higher than it should and a slate of songs that are powerfully soul searing as it is, it helps that the score then itself is very mature and under the surface; consistently with rhythmic tension, building to a point of eventual hope filled release.

Yet its the tension where the film suceeds, like the camera itself the music acts as an unbelievable stalker constantly giving the sense that the girls are being watched and more importantly stalked and judged by the very same evil that pervades society and looks to destroy them.

The score imbibes a few brilliant changes that touch upon the condition of each character through the film especially zeroing in on the breaking spirit of its leading lady.

Karan Kulkarni for Aligarh

Loneliness and the pain of it is the core of Aligarh's surprisingly soothing score.

The reading of Siras's poem by Deepu is an absolute highlight of this, a scene marred with unbelievable beauty and love yet the layered score uncovers a heart full of pain and a soul pining for companionship.

This appropriate mix in tune with the films central narrative, merges to uncover a feeling that is as hard to describe as it is hard when felt.

Aligarh's beauty comes through in the simplicity but sadness of its score and let's just keep it at that.

Sameer Uddin for Kapoor and Sons

Kapoor and Sons score is by far its most distinctive tune in the film, brimming with both a breezy tingle and yet a lithe sadness. It's ever flowing, consistently playing with the edit as it should.

A smooth score that consistently weaves itself into the changing dynamics of the family.

Uddin's work is a touching ode to the sphere and dynamics of what it means to be in a family; any family, even a dysfunctional one.

It's the score of the year that is the most distinctive and hummable, making it one worth loving. 

And the Winner is...

Hitesh Sonik for Parched!!!

And we are underway, the first award has been doled out and there are more to come. Stay tuned tomorrow for Best Original Song.

Up Next: a striking tune of fear and ecstasy, a stirring portrait of fragility, a touching ballad of love and pain, a thrilling tune defining evil and a sports anthem with its quirks...HIndie Award for Best Original Song.

'Nuff Said

Aneesh Raikundalia 

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