Song of the Day: Piyu Bole from Parineeta(Hindi).
is the latest film produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra
(1942 - A love story, Munnabhai MBBS). It is directed by adfilm maker Pradeep Sarkar. Vidhu Vinod Chopra has written the screenplay based on the novel Parineeta by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay.
The film stars Sanjay Dutt, Saif Ali Khan, Raima Sen and a newcomer, Vidya Balan, who looks very beautiful in the film stills. Check her out, she is a classical beauty. The film has generated a lot of pre-release hype and we need to wait and see if the hype is justified for this period piece or whether it will suffer the same fate as last year's Rituparno Ghosh's Chokher Bali. It is slated for release next month or so.
Music for the film is by Shantanu Moitra
, a debutant. The songs are refreshingly fresh and subdued, unlike recent Hindi albums. On repeated listenings, I got more accustomed to the songs and started humming certain lines. As the movie probably requires, the album seems to hark back to Bengali culture and music. Most of the songs are by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal. There is one song, "Raat Hamari
" sung very well by our own Chitra. Chitra's singing is very impressive, probably her best effort in recent times, inspite of her heavy southern accent. There is an old styled jazzy number by Sunithi Chauhan, "Kaisi Paheli
The SOTD is sung by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal, with the initial voice-over by Saif Ali Khan. Close your eyes and listen to this simple, melodious song. It starts off with a piano piece, and then moves over to tabla and flute.