‘Roy’ music review: Impossible to like without getting a sense of déjà vu

Roy rehashes every trick in the book that ensured these successes.

Rating: 2 out of 5
Written by Sankhayan Ghosh | Updated: February 13, 2015 9:46:54 am

A scene from the film Roy. A scene from the film Roy.

Film: Roy
Composers: Ankit Tiwari, Meet Bros Anjjan, Amaal Mallik
Lyrics: Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay, Sandeep Nath, Kumaar

Before we start to review the music of Roy, it is important to note that the album comes from the combined effort by some of the key players of songs such as Baby Doll, Yaariyan and Aashiqui 2. It is almost like a bit of all successful albums produced by the music label T Series. Roy rehashes every trick in the book that ensured these successes — deploying the same artistes and recreating what has worked for them in the past.

It is easy to like Sooraj dooba hai yaaron, a song that is all about getting the formula right. It’s got an undeniably groovy EDM-influenced arrangement, a catchy melody line and has Arijit Singh’s hot-selling voice to carry it off. Young composer Amaal Malik makes his mark with the chartbuster, but also shows a serious lack of imagination. The song’s antara, for example, could be a slight variation of that of AR Rahman’s Khuda hafiz from Yuva (2004).

Ankit Tiwary, meanwhile, has mastered the art of making all his songs sound similar. Listening to Tu hai ki nahi, composed and sung by Tiwary, you can’t help but notice a pattern in his compositions. At several points in this song and Boond boond, (his other track in the album) you can switch from Sun raha na tu to Galliyan, his earlier hits. It’s not that he doesn’t show promise. Tiwary shows melodic depth in the early portions of Tu hai ki nahi that also features a haunting soft whistle used through the track. But he needs to expand his range, and maybe get others to sing without the auto tune.

Even the most discerning listener may find the music of Roy mildly entertaining but it is impossible to like them without getting a sense of deja vu. This is most evident in Chittiya kallaiya that in high art speak may be called the spiritual successor to Baby Doll. Clearly, we can guess what the producer’s brief was to composers Meet Bros Anjjan who not only get the same singer Kanika Kapoor but also end up making a song very similar to the ‘original’. It is catchy, yes, but its best portion is a short male chorus chipped in around the three minutes mark.

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