Contrary to popular opinion, horror films actually have a lot of scope for music. If one has to excite the example of a recent film, 'Ek Thi Daayan' has a lilting score by Vishal Bhardwaj. Anushka Sharma's latest production 'Pari', which stars in the titular role, has just about two songs but one has good expectations from the album as the music has been composed by Anupam Roy. Anupam is a name to reckon with in the Bengali film industry and has also done some films in Hindi, the most notable of them being 'Piku'. The lyrics have been written by Anvita Dutt, who had written 'Phillauri', Anushka's last film as a producer and has also written the dialogues for 'Pari'.
"Meri Khamoshi Hai" portrays the complex dynamics of the relationship and the feelings shared by Rukhsana (Anushka Sharma) and Arnab (Parambrata Chatterjee). The song, laced with a wonderful concoction of acoustic guitar, tabla and sarangi, sounds very soothing to the ears. It has a very good mix of Bengali folk music and contemporary sensibilities. The song also introduces a very promising talented vocalist named Ishan Mitra to the Hindi film audience. The lyrics do not cut ice as Anvita, as always, comes up with meaningless metaphors like 'tere hi zikra ki jasoosi meri khamoshi hai'.
"So Ja So Ja" reminds one of "Lautungi Main"('Ek Thi Daayan') because of a similar mood and the fact that both the songs have been sung by Rekha Bhardwaj. Anupam composes a very different tune which is very engaging and encapsulates the mood of the horror film. Violin plays a major role in the orchestral structure of the track and helps in accentuating the sombre and intense mood of the song. Anvita Dutt writes marginally better lyrics for this one.
'Pari' is a good album that makes one want to hear more of Anupam Roy's music in Hindi cinema. With just two songs, he puts together a very impressive album. The songs not only work for the film's narrative but leave a very good impression as standalone audio tracks too.