The music of Bandish Bandits on Amazon Prime Video: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy go all out in a magnificent East-meets-West soundtrack

Posted on August 3, 2020


Over the years, our film music has become increasingly Western. But listening to the stunningly classical “Garaj Garaj”, you wonder: Is OTT poised to change the OST?

Here’s the description for Bandish Bandits on the Amazon Prime Video site: “Radhe a singing prodigy from a classical background & Tamanna, a pop sensation on the rise meet.” The TL;DR version is “East meets West”, and four numbers (out of eleven) in Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s soundtrack follow this mandate. Armaan Malik and Jonita Gandhi come together for the folksy “Couple Goals”. (The folksiness is enhanced by the way the first word is pronounced: “cuppal”, rhyming with “chappal”.) Like in the other East/West songs (“Sajan bin” is written by Divyanshu Malhotra, the rest by Tanishk S Nabar), the lyrics blend East/West words, from Hindi and English: “Yeh hai hamaari cuppal goal…” In the peppy-but-somewhat-generic “Mastiyaapa”, sung by Jonita, we hear: “Aaj hai yehi hai tomorrow nahin.” In the catchy-as-hell “Chedkhaniyaan” (Shivam Mahadevan, Pratibha Singh Baghel), we get: “dhak dhak karke sound jo aaya.” In “Sajan bin” (Shivam Mahadevan, Jonita Gandhi), someone’s zubaan has become “viral” and raatein are devoted to “video calling”.

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