Unconventional. That's the music of Gadar - Ek Prem
Katha. But then again, the film isn't your regular 'commercial'
fare in the first place.
A love story during the Partition, Gadar (mutiny),
stars Sunny Deol and Amisha Patel. True to its setting,
Punjab, much emphasis has been given to the Punjabi
flavour. And Uttam Singh (Dil Toh Pagal Hai and Dushman)
Gadar has nine tracks with stirring lyrics by Anand
Bakshi. The opening number, Udja kale kawan, has four
versions. The basic folk number with minimal acoustics.
The marriage one has some romance in it. The search
version (as the cover says) is about lost love and misery.
The fourth and the last interpretation is Victory.
Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik and Nihar S lend their voices
perfectly, with just the right nuances for each mood.
Musafir jaane wale is another heart-warming track in
the voices of Udit Narayan and Uttam Singh's talented
daughter Preeti Uttam.
Remember Dharmendra prancing around fields singing
Main jat yamla pagla deewana in Pratigya? Three- and-a-half
decades later, eldest son Sunny laments, Main nikla
gadi leke in similar vein. Nostalgia is the only noteworthy
factor in this otherwise average track.
Hum judaa ho gaye is beset with melancholy. A rather
half-baked track in the voices of Udit Narayan, Preeti
and Rakesh Pandit. Aan milo sajna is a classic. Ajoy
Chakrabarty joins famous singer Parveen Sultana. Those
familiar with traditional Punjabi music are no strangers
to tappas, which are basically wedding songs teasing
the bride and the groom.
There is one such enjoyable unnamed number by Preeti
Uttam. (Rather similar to Yeh ladki hai ya shola from
Silsila.) All in all, if you're of the hip crowd, you
might not hop for Gadar.