Pagglait Music Review: Arijit Singh Presents A Soothing Treat

Last week, Netflix India dropped the trailer of Sanya Malhotra-starrer Pagglait. The trailer gave us dark comedy feels and we can’t wait to watch the film. Another reason people have been looking forward to this film was because of the music. If you aren’t aware, Arijit Singh, one of India’s best singers, has composed the entire album for the film.

Pagglait is Arijit Singh’s first-ever Bollywood movie as a music composer. On his YouTube channel, ‘Oriyon Music By Arijit Singh’ the talented singer had earlier composed a soothing single called Rihaa. On his Instagram page, the National Award winner shared a post announcing his debut as a music composer. In the video text post, Singh writes that he has dedicated the album to AR Rahman who has been his guide and inspiration.

For the music album, Arijit has collaborated with lyricist Neelesh Misra and Raftaar (for the title track). There are 24 songs in Pagglait album. Some are just instrumentals that we think might be used in the film as the background score. So, did the singer who made us feel love and pain equally with his songs like Khul Kabhi Toh, Channa Mereya, Agar Tum Saath Ho, and Muskurane, to name a few, deliver good compositions? Let’s find out.

The trailer of Pagglait appears quirky, with lots of drama happening in the character’s life. But the album is entirely the opposite of the chaos we saw. Arijit Singh has served us some soothing and soul-stirring songs that will leave you wanting more. Songs that take us in the tranquil zone are Dil Udd Ja Re, Thode Kam Ajnabi, Meera’s Poem, Lamha, and Radha’s Poem. Each song has a different singer and that is one of the major plus points working for the album.

The songs I mentioned above appear similar yet so different. You can only experience this once you listen to them. It’s like different streams of water flowing in a different direction through one river and each of them is enough to make you happy. If you are an Arijit fan, do not worry as the singer has also lent his voice to a few tracks in Pagglait.

Arijit Singh will take you in a trance mode with Phire Faqeera which he has crooned with Raja Kumari and Amrita Singh. The song will remind you of several classics composed by AR Rahman. I was reminded of Satrangi Re from Dil Se while listening to the song. The title track Pagglait is sung by Singh along with Amrita Singh and Raftaar. The title track is made keeping in mind the mood of the film. You’ll fall in love with it instantly.

We also have a song called Pagal that is another exotic track that will win you. Raja Kumari and Amrita Singh’s powerful vocals leave an impact on your mind in just the first hearing. My favourites in the album are the title track, Dil Udd Ja Re’s revisited version, Lamha revisited and Thode Kam Ajnabi. The 12 instrumentals are also a treat to the ears. While listening to each one of them, I wondered how long it has been since we got an album like this.

Overall, as a music composer, Arijit Singh has done a commendable job. The album is a mix of good classical music with a touch of rock and rap. While some songs will strike a chord with you instantly, the rest will eventually grow on you.

Check out Pagglait’s entire music album here:

Meanwhile, Pagglait is directed by Umesh Bist and also stars Shruti Sharma, Sayani Gupta and Ashutosh Rana. The film will be streaming on Netflix from March 26.

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Pooja Darade
Exploring all kinds of cinema and stories. Superhero and fantasy dramas, comedy, horror and crime thriller are my favourites. I worry that my last sentence would be - 'Sh*t, I forgot to watch that film/show'.

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