Punjabi Music is widely heard across the globe which is probably one of the main reasons why most of the lead actors in Punjabi films are singers. But there are also cases when singer’s single or an album gets more popular with people but his film doesn't attract that much footfall to the theatres. For example, Gurdas Mann’s Rangla Punjab, a non-film song was widely praised but how many of us remember the songs from his film Nankana?
Gippy’s Car Nachdi is way popular than any of his film songs. So it won’t be wrong to say that Punjabi Cinema should not only work on the subject, cast, story, direction, and production but also on the film's music. Looking back at 2018, out of many films we could only think of 5 film music albums that had some great work.
Here is our list of Top 5 Punjabi Film Music Albums Of 2018:
The title track played an important part in the film’s success but for me, it’s most enjoyable part was listening to Mannat Noor’s voice and watching Neeru Bajwa performing on the track, which is written by Harmanjeet, a young Sahitya Academy Award Winner. There is also a male version of the song.
Similarly, Chidi Bilauri and Sheesha too are beautiful numbers. Akhiyan Naar Dian & Rooh De Rukh made it a complete album. Laung Laachi’s music was done by Gurmeet Singh & DJ Flow.
Rarely does one come across a Punjabi film which has songs that remain in your head days after one has watched the film. In case of Qismat, each and every song of the film was a chartbuster. It was one film which had evident hard work done on its music as well, along with other departments. Its music was done by B Praak & SukhE, while all the songs were written by Jaani. Jatt Nu Pasand, Gallan Teriyan, Faqira, Kaun Hoyega, Awaaz, Dholna, all were beautifully written and composed songs.
Sajjan Singh Rangroot
Sajjan Singh Rangroot’s music was given by Jatinder Shah, while one of its popular song Pyaas’ music was done by Uttam Singh, and it was written by Dev Kohli. Firdosiya, Anhad Anhad, Sajjana, written by Raj Ranjodh, were three soulful tracks. Peepa and Mera Ki Mareya were written by Veet Baljit. Sajjan Singh Rangroot is one underrated album, as mentioned above again a case of a singer(Diljit)’s private album being more popular than his film album. There was not a single female vocalist in the album, surprisingly current top singer Sunanda Sharma had made her debut with the film. That is another negative aspect of Punjabi films as even in past there were films without any female vocalist's song.
Golak Bugni Bank Te Batua
The title song of Laung Laachi and Selfie from Golak Bugni Bank Te Batua are two popular numbers that are being played at wedding functions literally anywhere in Punjab. Aisi Taisi and Tu Te Main are two romantic numbers from the film. Phulan Di Vel, Sunidhi Chauhan's song, though could not make it to the film but is another good number from the album.
Sarkari works as a satire song.
Daana Paani wonderfully used all the songs between the situations and scenes. Written by Veet Baljit, Maanwan sung by Harbhajan Mann is one rare song which talks about the bond of a mother and daughter. The title song, written by Bir Singh and Sung by Amrinder Gill is a philosophical one talking about the beauty of life and almighty. Kandha Kachhian is a hummable number in a female voice written by Jass Grewal. Refugee and Rabb Khair Kare are other nice songs of the film.
Beside these Parahuna had 2-3 nice songs especially Teri Meri Jodi. While Afsar and Ashke failed to do justice with its music, the latter being a musical and dance based film was a disappointment on the music side. Laavan Phere and Subedar Joginder Singh also had one or two good songs.
And at the end of this write up we ask you which song do you remember the most from last year’s films??
We talk about the content of Punjabi films being experimental, how about experimenting with the film's music too? Since we have such rich variety of ragas and compositions, and so many musical instruments to use in Punjabi language, why not pump in some extra soul to the film's music as well!