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Peepli Live
Producer: Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao, B. Shrinivas Rao
Director: Anusha Rizvi
Starring: Omkar Das Manikpuri, Raghubir Yadav, Malaika Shenoy, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Music: Indian Ocean, Nageen Tanvir, Bhadwai Village Mandali
Lyrics: Noon Meem Rashed, Sanjeev Sharma, Gangaram Sakhet, Swanand Kirkiree
Singers: Indian Ocean, Nageen Tanvir, Bhadwai Village Mandali, Raghubir Yadav
Audio On: T Series    Number of Songs: 6
Album Released on: 14 July 2010
Reviewed by: Amanda Sodhi  - Rating: 7.5 / 10
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Written and directed by Anusha Rizvi and produced by Aamir Khan Productions, Peepli Live has caught many Indian cinema fans’ attention since its Sundance Film Festival screening selection. And, of course, with names such as Indian Ocean, Bhadwai Village Mandali, Raghubir Yadav and the works attached with the music, Peepli Live’s OST release was also bound to spark the curiosity of music listeners.

Composed and performed by the very talented Indian Ocean band, “Des Mera” (4.55) maintains a very peppy, energetic and joyous feel throughout, the tabla, bass guitar and string instrument arrangements are absolutely delightful. Even the vocal percussions such as “pa pa re raa,” “dhom ta tak dhom tak dhin” are fun to listen to. Lyricists Sanjeev Sharma and Swanand Kirkire pen down ample references to color—“saat rang,” “satrangi melaa,” etc. In short, Des Mera is a catchy, enjoyable composition!

There is also “Des Mera II” which offers a nice, alternative remix version of the original.

Written and composed by Bhadwai Village Mandali, “Mehngai Dayain” (3.57) conjures up a village gathering setting with town people joining in to accompany Raghubir Yadav’s rustic vocals with use of the harmonium and folk percussion instruments in the background. The use of “dayain” to describe “mehngaayi”/inflation is both clever and amusing, although it is hard to decipher all of the lyrics to the song due to there being discordant moments in the composition.

The “Mehngai Dayain Remix” (4.37), remixed by Ram Sampat, is a real treat! English rap and hip-hop elements are bound to bring a big smile on your face. I know I was certainly giggling when I heard the words, “Inflation—she’s a daiyan!” and “half-pant ho gayi patloon” amidst the sounds of whistling.

Composed and performed by Indian Ocean, “Zindagi Se Darte Ho” (7.30) has a serene feel, with use of a brooding guitar and somber, angst-filled vocals in addition to meaningful lyrics by Noon Meem Rashed—“aadmi se darrte ho, aadmi toh tum bhi ho, aadmi toh hum bhi hai…ankahi se darrte ho…”

The best thing about “Chola Maati Ke Ram” (3.14) is Nageen Tanvir’s amazing, rustic and honesty-drenched vocals. The use of the flute in the background is pleasant and the song has a devotional feel to it with references to “Raam,” “Raavan,” “Hari,” Jeevan,” “Mukti” written by lyricist Gangaram Sakhet. This one is composed by Nageen as well.

Those of you who are just plain sick of the lifeless, mundane, redundant sounding compositions being released in Bollywood again and again, definitely check out Peepli Live’s music—the compositions are rich, sincere and will definitely invoke the ambience of rural India in your mind as you listen to the songs.

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